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Reader’s report: Pet relief area at Toronto’s Pearson Airport (YYZ)

Reader Patty, planning a trip from Nassau, in the Bahamas, to Victoria, B.C., sent me an e-mail and told me that she’d seen my posts about U.S. airport pet relief areas and wondered if Toronto’s Pearson International Airport had a designated pet relief area. The Pearson website is silent on the topic, so she wrote to the airport and asked. Here’s what she learned:

“While there is no designated dog relief facility at Terminal 1, passengers may take dogs to a grass area located outside the terminal building via the Ground level.  From within the terminal you would make your way to the ground level and exit outside of vestibule door “S”.  In order to access this grass area you will need to exit the secure area of the terminal and go through passenger security screening prior to your connecting flight.”

Patty was sad to learn that the pet relief area is on the land side of security, since, in her experience, Pearson is a cruelly long airport and it’s likely to take more time than she has to make it out to the pet relief area and then back in through security. Her trip hasn’t happened yet, so she couldn’t tell me how her layover went, but I thought it’d be helpful to travelers transiting Pearson to know where to look for a patch of grass.


  • Mia

    I’ve travelled through Pearson with my dog and I have to say that pee pads are the way to go if you are nervous about time in a layover or just in general when traveling to/from. The airport is a large maze of a place and I can’t imagine risking totally leaving and coming back through security during a layover. 🙁

  • Jessica

    Thank you for the post. I anticipated this being an issue so I booked extra long layovers for 5 and 6 hours!

  • Buddy

    Toronto Pearson now has convenient, outdoor Pet Zones complete with artificial grass, fire hydrants and disposable bags.

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