Frequently Asked Questions: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Kingston Sheepdog Trials!
1. What exactly is a Sheep Dog Trial?
It’s a timed competition where Border Collies (primarily) herd sheep through an obstacle course, with accuracy and efficiency, demonstrating the skills required by working dogs.

For a really thorough answer, click here to read descriptions of the courses.

2. How do I get to Grass Creek Park?
You can get there by car, shuttle bus, or bike! Grass Creek is located half way between Kingston and Gananoque on Highway #2 East. You can take a shuttle bus from three different locations in the city or we have bike racks if you ride out to see us and plenty of parking if you drive your car.

3. Can I use credit or debit cards for purchases at the Trials?
NEW THIS YEAR! You can use Visa, Mastercard, American Express, debit or cash at the gate! Once inside the fence, you will need cash for most of the craft and food vendors and some of the activities ( the lure course has a nominal fee, as does DockDogs if you wish your dogs to join in the competition) . Some vendors do take credit cards or cheques but best to bring some cash just in case as there is no ATM on site!

4. What can my kids do at the Festival?
Besides the trials competition , there are all kinds of things for kids of all ages. We have the Bowmanville Zoo, a DockDogs competition, Agility demos, a Canine Lure Course, K 9 Unit demos, sheep shearing demos, wagon rides, a sandy beach, swimming, and so much more! This event truly has something for everyone! Camp groups are more than welcome to come out. . See the full trials schedule for details.

5. Thinking of bringing your dog to the trials?
We welcome dogs, in fact, we kind of cater to them! We have vendors with pet supplies in case they get hungry, water pools for dogs to cool off in, activities for them to get involved in (give the dockdogs or lure course a try!) or get them interested in agility or trialling if they want to sit and watch! And, they even get in free (as long as they are on a leash!!)


6. Food at the Festival.
We have a wide variety of local food trucks and vendors on site, with lots of healthy options and the usual festival favourites – salads and sandwiches, hotdogs, sausages, baked goods, icecream, or whatever your taste buds crave. Or, you can feel free to bring a picnic lunch along with you and enjoy it by the water or while watching one of the side attractions.

PLEASE NOTE: We don’t sell bottled water on site – we try to be sustainable - but if you bring a water bottle (or buy one at the trials) you can drink fresh cold drinking water FREE all day long from our Utilities Kingston Water Buggy!

7. Where can I stay when I visit the trials?
Kingston has a huge variety of hotels, campgrounds, B&B’s nearby. You can visit our website for links to our accommodation sponsors ( see our supporters page) or visit www.kingstoncanada.com for more information.

More questions? Send us an email.