GUIDE TO LOCAL DOG PARKS: BEST OFF-LEASH PARKS
We’ve compiled a selection of our favourite off-leash dog parks in the Lower Mainland. Pick the one that suits your preferences, then venture out for a day of fun with your canine companion. From swimming spots to hiking trails, there’s every reason to pick your adventure and enjoy fresh air, exercise, and quality bonding time together. Don’t forget to keep your dog within your control, but as long as you do you’re sure to have a great experience at these leash optional dog parks.
MCDONALD BEACH PARK (RICHMOND, BC)
Quiet and serene, McDonald Beach Park maintains a peaceful atmosphere despite its central location in Richmond. The local residents that frequent this park are known for their friendly, inviting demeanor, and we find this extends to the behaviour of their dogs, too. Let your pet off-leash to socialize with other dogs or run along the beach. Best of all, your dog can swim in the refreshing water, so don’t forget to bring along a towel to dry off before heading home.
SPANISH BANKS BEACH PARK (VANCOUVER, BC)
Spanish Banks Beach Park is arguably one of the most popular beaches in Vancouver. It’s another great spot to let your dog off-leash for a quick swim, just as long as you pay attention to the signage and stay within the dog-friendly areas. Bring along your dog’s favourite toy to play together, or let your dog have their fun while you take in the views of the water, city, and mountains.
CLAYTON DOG PARK (SURREY, BC)
Located in Surrey, Clayton Dog Park features leash optional enclosures for your dog. There are separate spaces for large and small pups, which is a nice option for many owners and their canine companions. Even if you’re not from the area, you’ll find parking available on-site so you can drop by to enjoy the trees, grassy areas, and comfortable amenities such as water fountains and benches.
BEACH GROVE PARK (SOUTH DELTA, BC)
Nestled beneath tall trees you’ll find Beach Grove Park. It’s hidden away in Tsawwassen, making it a great spot to visit before or after taking the ferries. Even if you’re not passing through the ferry terminal, we suggest heading over to this park. It’s quiet and peaceful, making it a pleasant spot to stroll alongside your dog. Leashes are optional here, so consider playing a game of fetch or practicing your dog’s obedience training without any confines.
WHYTECLIFF PARK (WEST VANCOUVER, BC)
Whytecliff Park offers stunning views for an afternoon hike. While your dog needs to stay on-leash on many of the trails, you’ll also find an off-leash area of the park on the east side of Marine Drive. As always, it’s important to maintain control over your dog even when they’re not leashed, as well as to follow the park regulations. As long as you do, you’ll have a great time enjoying this West Vancouver park.
QUEEN’S PARK (NEW WESTMINSTER, BC)
With rolling hills and tall trees, Queen’s Park in New Westminster is yet another worthwhile destination. Let your dog roll around in the grass without their leash, or sit together beneath the trees for a cool break in the shade. You’ll even find a dog water fountain in this park that’s perfect for keeping your pup hydrated at all times. If you’re up for it, consider bringing along a frisbee or ball for a game of fetch with your furry friend.
CULTUS LAKE (CHILLIWACK, BC)
Unwind and get away from the stress of the city with a visit to Cultus Lake in Chilliwack. There’s a dog-friendly beach where you can let your dog off-leash to swim in the water, making it a great choice for hot summer days. Even when your dog is keeping cool in the water, it’s important to stay mindful of their hydration. Taking plenty of drinking breaks will allow your dog to stay happy and healthy throughout all of the fun and games.
Think you’ve found your new favourite destination for walking your dog off-leash? We hope that’s the case, but if not you can explore our complete Guide to Local Dog Parks for more recommendations. We’re passionate about all things related to your dog’s health and happiness, so our guide outlines plenty of diverse places where you can take your pup to get in their daily exercise. After all, physical activity is essential for their overall well-being, plus you’ll benefit from bonding time as you explore the many local dog-friendly off-leash parks. It’s win-win!
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