GUIDE TO LOCAL DOG PARKS: ABBOTSFORD
Known as the “city in the country,” Abbotsford has a balance of urban spaces and lush parkland. Not only do its residents enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle, their dogs do, too. There are plenty of spaces to explore, including off-leash parks, scenic hiking trails, and tranquil creeks. We’ve put together a list of the top dog parks in Abbotsford for you to check out.
BATEMAN PARK / STONEY CREEK (ABBOTSFORD, BC)
If you head to one new spot in Abbotsford, make it Bateman Park. There’s a bit of everything in this versatile space. Your dog will love running and playing off-leash in the large field or fenced-in area. There’s even a freshwater creek that’s perfect for a quick swim on a hot day. If you’re bringing children, they’re sure to be entertained by the birds, small animals, and especially the playground. Like many of the dog walking destinations in Abbotsford, there’s parking available on-site.
MILL LAKE PARK (ABBOTSFORD, BC)
Switch up your dog walking routine by taking a spin around Mill Lake. While the trail is on-leash only, it makes for a scenic stroll with a view of Mt. Baker. Bring lunch and stop at one of the picnic tables for a refreshing afternoon treat. There’s also a playground at this park, so it’s the perfect opportunity to bring the whole family and get them active. After all, dedicating a bit of time each day to exercise and socialize is healthy for everyone.
MCKAY CREEK PARK / SUMAS DYKE (ABBOTSFORD, BC)
There aren’t many off-leash friendly dog parks in Abbotsford, but McKay Creek has a designated area where you can allow your furry friend to experience a little freedom. As in any off-leash space, it’s important to keep your dog within your control at all times. It’s a great opportunity to work on your dog’s obedience, so you can take the time to practice off-leash commands or hire a professional dog trainer to help you set a solid foundation. In either case, your dog is certain to enjoy running around and checking out the sights – or scents!
MCKEE PEAK TRAIL (ABBOTSFORD, BC)
McKee Peak is classified as an intermediate hike due to steep sections of the trail. However, if yourself and your dog are up for the challenge, we recommend McKee Peak for the viewpoints overlooking the Fraser Valley. Dogs are permitted on-leash only on the trails, so plan accordingly and make sure you pack essential hiking items, such as water and a dog dish. If you’re lucky, you might even spot eagles soaring at eye-level in the higher elevations.
GLADWIN PARK (ABBOTSFORD, BC)
Located near the Abbotsford Exhibition Park (AEP), Gladwin Park is a popular spot for walking your dog off-leash. There are separate fenced-in areas for small and large dogs, which is one major benefit of this park. In addition, there are trails to walk and benches along the way. It can get a bit busy in the area when the AEP is in use, so keep that in mind before heading over. Our favourite aspect of this area is its friendly community feel, so you’re sure to feel right at home.
FISHTRAP CREEK PARK (ABBOTSFORD, BC)
With some off-leash areas and plenty of other space where you can walk your dog on leash, Fishtrap Creek Park is worth visiting. It’s particularly tranquil and quiet, allowing yourself and your dog to become immersed in the natural beauty. The paved trails are great for exercising your dog while on your bike or rollerblades, and you can stop for a picnic at one of the tables, benches, or covered gazebos. We recommend exploring Fishtrap Creek if you haven’t already.
CLEARBROOK PARK (ABBOTSFORD, BC)
Clearbrook Park is a great place to take your dog to play and socialize. With separate off-leash areas for small and large dogs, bowls of fresh water, and plenty of room to run, your furry friend will love visiting this park. If you’re heading there during the rainy months, be warned it can get a little muddy, so you may want to pack a towel to dry off your dog and keep your vehicle clean. Regardless, we recommend stopping by Clearbook Park at any time of the year!
MATSQUI TRAIL REGIONAL PARK (ABBOTSFORD, BC)
Enjoy stunning views of the Cascade Mountains and local farmland while you walk your dog through Matsqui Trail Regional Park in Abbotsford. While not specifically a dog park, it’s a wonderful place to check out for an afternoon walk, just as long as you keep your dog leashed. This trail is not only frequented by hikers, but horseback riders too, so we recommend exercising caution if your dog isn’t accustomed to being around horses.
WILLBAND CREEK PARK (ABBOTSFORD, BC)
Finally, Willband Creek Park is a worthwhile place to visit in Abbotsford, especially if you like to watch wildlife. There’s a diverse population of birds and small animals, making it important to keep your dog on-leash and within the boundaries of the marked pathways. The two wetland ponds are encircled by flat trails that are perfect for walking or jogging. We find this park to be calm and peaceful, but keep in mind the nearby roads generate noise from the traffic.
Where are your favourite places to walk your dog in Abbotsford? We’re always looking for a new spot to explore, so let us know in the comments! We’ve also compiled a list of our favourite local dog parks in the Lower Mainland, so there are plenty of gems to check out. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends in the Fraser Valley so they can get out there, too!
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