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Dog Friendly Beaches & Dog Swimming Areas in Canada

Click on the map below to find dog friendly beaches and dog swim areas in Canada.

Please help keep these beaches dog friendly:
Never leave your dog unattended.
Always keep your dog on a leash or under voice control.
Always clean up after your dog!

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ALBERTA

Calgary: River Park/Sandy Beach/Britannia Off Leash Areas, 5139 14 Street SW
This regional park is located north of the Glenmore Dam and along the Elbow River in southwest Calgary. There is a designated river access area for dogs. No water-access for dogs is allowed at Sandy Beach. Off Leash River Access

Edmonton: Buena Vista Park, 13210 Buena Vista Road NW
The park has a large off leash area with miles of trails, fields and parts along the river for swimming dogs.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA

British Columbia Provincial Parks
The following provincial parks in British Columbia offer special off-leash or swimming areas for dogs: Blanket Creek Provincial Park, Kootenay; Cultus Lake Provincial Park, Lower Mainland; Ellison Provincial Park, Okanagan; Fintry Provincial Park, Okanagan; Golden Ears Provincial Park, Lower Mainland; Haynes Point Provincial Park, Okanagan; Herald Provincial Park, Thompson; Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, Okanagan; Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, Kootenay; Mabel Lake Provincial Park, Okanagan; Norbury Provincial Park, Kootenay; Premier Lake Provincial Park, Kootenay; Purden Lake Provincial Park, Omineca; Sasquatch Provincial Park, Lower Mainland; Shuswap Lake Provincial Park, Thompson; Sun-Oka Provincial Park, Okanagan; Syringa Provincial Park; Kootenay; Wasa Provincial Park, Kootenay.

Canoe: Herald Provincial Park
Dogs on a leash are allowed in a designated beach area east of the boat launch (along the lakeshore beside the boat launch parking lot). Pets are not permitted in any other beach areas.

Chilliwack: Cultus Lake Provincial Park
There are beach areas set aside for pets at the Shale Beach area between the Jade Bay boat launch and the Entrance Bay day-use and also in the Shale Beach area between the Maple Bay boat launch and the Maple Bay day-use.

Douglas Lake: Fintry Provincial Park
There is a designated pet beach located between the two public swim areas. Pet Beach Map

Kamloops: Pioneer Park Beach
Located on the South Thompson River, Pioneer Park beach is dog-friendly.

Kamloops: Overlander Park Beach
Located on the North Shore where North and South Thompson Rivers meet, Overland Park beach is dog-friendly.

Kelowna: Cedar Creek Park, 5200 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna, BC
Cedar Creek Park includes a long and narrow off-leash dog-friendly pebble beach with picnic tables and portable washrooms on site. Cedar Creek is Kelowna's only dog friendly waterfront park.

Maple Ridge: Golden Ears Provincial Park
Dogs on a leash are allowed in only two beach areas: at the North Beach day-use area near the outflow area of Gold Creek into Alouette Lake and at the Alouette (South Beach) day-use area between the boat launch and the canoe rental shop, which is accessible from parking lot #1.

Nelson: Kokanee Creek Provincial Park
There is a dog beach located beside the boat launch at the northeast end of the park.

Oak Bay: Willows Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Dogs are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from October 1st to April 30th. Dogs may be unleashed as long as they are under control.

Oak Bay: McNeill Bay Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Dogs are allowed on the beach from sunrise to sunset. Dogs may be unleashed as long as they are under control. No dogs allowed at Kitty Islet at eastern end at any time.

Osoyoos: Haynes Point Provincial Park
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the pebbly pet beach found on the narrow, tree lined part of the spit just before the campground. Pets are not allowed in any other beach areas or park buildings.

Penticton: Okanagan Lake Park
Located on Lakeshore Drive, just east of the Penticton Lakeside Resort, the park includes an off-leash dog beach.

Penticton: Skaha Lake on Lakeside Road
3 km south of Marina there is a fully fenced off leash beach area for dogs.

Penticton: Three Mile Beach
Three Mile Beach is located on Okanagan Lake at Three Mile Road, just off Naramata Road. This area features two beaches - one for swimming and one for day-moorage boating. In the non-swimming area there is an off-leash beach area for dogs. Limited parking available.

Revelstoke: Blanket Creek Provincial Park
A signed dog beach is located out on the reservoir. Dogs are allowed off-leash in this designated area only.

Surrey: Blackie Spit Park, 3136 - McBride Ave., South Surrey, BC
Blackie Spit has a fully fenced dog off-leash area, located east of the main parking lot at McBride Avenue and Wickson Road. Further to the north of the primary dog off-leash area, at the far north of the parking area, is the Blackie Spit dog off-leash beach. This area of the beach is fully fenced in with a shoreline to explore and a swimming area for dogs. Dogs must be leashed when traveling between the main dog off-leash area and the beach.

Tofino: Chesterman Beach
Chesterman Beach is one of the longer, larger sandy beach destinations closest to the community of Tofino, BC on Vancouver Island, Canada. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

Vancouver: City of Vancouver Dog Off-Leash Areas
Dogs are welcome in all Vancouver Parks. Special off-leash privileges are available during specific times at selected locations. Includes off-leash areas with water access for dogs.

Vancouver: Charleston Park Dog Off-Leash Area, 999 Charleston St., Vancouver
Waterfall pond: Dogs must be on leash from June to September between 10:00am and 5:00pm. They may be off leash at other times. Dogs are not allowed in the duck pond.

Vancouver: Crab Park at Portside Dog Off-Leash Area, 101 E Waterfront Rd., Vancouver
Located on the east side of the park, the off-leash area offers water access for dogs. Off-leash times: 6:00am to 10:00am; 5:00pm to 10:00pm.

Vancouver: Fraser River Park Dog Off-Leash Area
The off-leash area offers water access for dogs. Off-leash times - West side: all day, all year; East side: all day between October 1 to April 30 (on leash from May 1 to September 30); River bank area: on leash at all times.

Vancouver: Hadden Park Dog Off-Leash Area, 1905 Ogden Ave., Vancouver
The off-leash area offers water access for dogs. Off-leash times - May 1 to September 30: 6:00am to 10:00am and 5:00pm to 10:00pm; October 1 to April 30: 6:00am to 10:00pm.

Vancouver: Spanish Bank Beach Park Dog Off-Leash Area, 4900 NW Marine Dr., Vancouver
Located near the entrance to Pacific Spirit Park. Dogs are allowed to be off leash from 6:00am and 10:00pm. Waterfront access.

Vancouver: Sunset Beach Park Dog Off-Leash Area, 1204 Beach Ave., Vancouver
Dogs are allowed off-leash from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the bay behind the Vancouver Aquatic Centre east of the ferry dock.

Vancouver Island: Nanaimo River Regional Park
Nanaimo River Regional Park is one of the few remaining natural forests along the lower reaches of the Nanaimo River and offers waterfalls and shallow pools for swimming. Dogs are permitted in the park if kept under control by their owners.

Vancouver Island: Regional District of Nanaimo Parks
Dogs are permitted in RDN Parks if kept under control by their owners. Dogs must be leashed at Moorecroft, Horne Lake and Descanso Bay Regional Park. Dogs are not permitted in the Little Qualicum Estuary Regional Conservation Area.

Vernon: Ellison Provincial Park
Sandy Beach is a pet beach accessed from the trail leading out of the campground between sites 11 and 12. Pets are not permitted in any other beach areas besides Sandy Beach.

Vernon: Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park
Dogs on a leash are only allowed on Pebble Beach accessed from the Crest Trail and the eastern end of Cosens Bay. A pet beach is accessed from the upper parking lot along the Crest Trail. Pets are not allowed in any other beach areas.

Victoria: Gonzales Beach
From September 1 to May 31 of each year, dogs are permitted off-leash on the public beach within the municipality. At all times, dogs on the public beach must be under the supervision and discipline of their owner. No dogs are permitted on the public beach between June 1 and August 31. To get here from downtown Victoria take Fairfield Road east to Beach Drive. Follow Beach Drive to Gonzales Beach and park in designated areas.

Whistler: Alpha Lake Park
Located on the shores of Alpha Lake, this popular park contains the “Owl’s Nest” children’s play structure, a dock and sandy beach, volleyball court and tennis courts, along with picnic tables and BBQ stands. It is also the site of a community greenhouse and a special beach for dogs called Arfa Park. Dogs are allowed off-leash before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. in the main park and all day in Arfa Park.

Whistler: Lost Lake Park
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Lost Lake Park is located just off Lost Lake Road. Dogs are allowed off-leash at Canine Cove, a sandy beach area 400 metres to the north of Lost Lake beach. Dogs are not permitted on the main public beach.

Whistler: Rainbow Park
Rainbow Park is located on the west side of Whistler Valley just off Alta Lake Road. This park features a dog-friendly beach called Barking Bay at the south end of Rainbow Park. Barking Bay is a small grass lawn off-leash dog area with access to the swimming dock. Dogs are also allowed to be off-leash throughout all of Rainbow Park before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m.

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MANITOBA

Manitoba Provincial Parks: Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park and Hecla-Grindstone Provincial Park
Pets are welcome in Manitoba provincial parks, but are not allowed at designated beaches with defined swim areas. However, dog-friendly swim areas have been established at the following parks: Winnipeg Beach at South Beach in a designated area south of Water Tower; Hecla-Grindstone at Sunset Beach in a designated area.

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NEW BRUNSWICK

Campobello: Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on park grounds, but not in park buildings.

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NEWFOUNDLAND
No listings at this time.

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NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
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NOVA SCOTIA

Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Dogs on a leash are allowed throughout the park and on the beaches, except in the supervised area of the beach and on the Skyline Trail.

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NUNAVUT
No listings at this time.

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ONTARIO

Pets in Ontario's Provincial Parks
Pets are allowed in all parks – with the exception of designated campground areas in Awenda, Balsam Lake, Pinery and Voyageur and Achray, Canisbay, Mew Lake and Pog Lake campgrounds in Algonquin. Pets must be on a leash not exceeding 2 metres (6 feet) in length and are not permitted in swimming areas or on beaches or roofed accommodation sites. Twelve provincial parks have both a pet exercise area and a pet-friendly beach, while seventeen have one or the other.

Cambridge: Valens Conservation Area
Dogs are allowed to swim at the Pet Beach which is located next to the playground. Dogs are not allowed on the area of the beach where people swim.

Cloyne: Bon Echo Provincial Park
Dogs are allowed on the beach in a designated area.

Grand Bend: Pinery Provincial Park
"Dog Beach" is located at Picnic Area 1, just off the Day Use Road. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times - even on the beach.

Lowbanks: Rock Point Provincial Park
Rock Point Provincial Park is located on the north shore of Lake Erie near the mouth of the Grand River, about an hour’s drive to Niagara Falls. There are three beaches at Rock Point Provincial Park: a long sandy beach, a pet-friendly beach and a beach that was once part of an ancient coral reef.

Penetanguishene: Awenda Provincial Park
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the Pet Beach.

Port Burwell: Port Burwell Provincial Park
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Port Burwell Provincial Park includes a large leash free beach area for dogs (east of beach parking lot #1).

Prince Edward: Sandbanks Provincial Park
The park includes three sandy beaches: Outlet Beach, Sandbanks Beach, and Dunes Beach. Sandbanks Beach is on the Lake Ontario side of the dunes. There is a designated dog beach area off to one side of the most popular swimming areas. The Outlet Beach is the closest beach to the main entrance of the park. At the southern part of the beach near the mouth of the Outlet River is a designated pet area.

Sutton: Sibbald Point Provincial Park
Sibbald Point Provincial Park is located on the south shores of Lake Simcoe, approximately 1 hour northeast of Toronto. There are two beach areas where dogs are allowed.

Terrance Bay: Neys Provincial Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on a section of the beach and in the campgrounds.

Toronto: Cherry Beach/Clarke Beach
Located on the north shore of the Outer Harbour at the foot of Cherry Street. A designated off-leash dog area is located along the beach’s western boundary.

Wasaga Beach: Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
Located along Lake Huron, Wasaga Beach offers the longest freshwater stretch of sand in the world. This day-use park includes a dog-friendly beach on the eastern part of Beach 3 between 22nd and 24th Streets.

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PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Bedeque: Chelton Beach Provincial Park
Chelton Beach is a day use park featuring a supervised beach. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park.

Belle River: Wood Island Provincial Park
Woods Island is a day use park featuring an unsupervised beach. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park.

Prince Edward Island National Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 10 feet are allowed on the beaches in PEI National Park only during the off-season, from Oct. 16th to April 1st.

Prince Edward Island Provincial Parks
Prince Edward Island's Provincial Parks include 10 camping parks and 14 day use parks which offer spectacular beaches, beautiful scenery, nature trails and lots of outdoor recreation. Dogs are allowed on Provincial Park beaches as long as they are leashed.

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QUEBEC
No dog beach listings at this time.

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SASKATCHEWAN
No listings at this time.

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YUKON
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