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Dog Friendly Beaches in Canada

Find dog friendly beaches and dog swim areas in Canada.


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 Areas

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.


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.

Anmore: Buntzen Lake
Located in the Greater Vancouver area, this recreation area has a beautiful beach, trails and an off-leash swimming area for dogs. Dogs are not permitted in the main beach area, but there’s an enclosed dog beach separated from the swimming area. The trail to the right of the beach leads to the dog off-leash area beside Buntzen Creek. All dogs must be on a leash except in the two designated off-leash areas or on the dog off-leash trail. All dogs must be under owner's control at all times.

Canoe: Herald Provincial Park
Herald Provincial Park is a popular destination campground and day-use area. The park covers 79 hectares of beautiful beach and forested uplands, and boasts a 119-site campground, boat launch and large day-use area. 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
Pets must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in park buildings or beach areas except for 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
Fintry Provincial Park offers two dramatically different topographical areas. With almost two kilometres of waterfront property, the park has opportunities for camping, swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and wildlife viewing. 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 (on leash).

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

Kelowna, City Beaches
Three off-leash dog beaches are now available to the public: Poplar Point Drive beach access located near the entrance to Knox Mountain Park; Downtown Sails on Bernard Avenue as a cooling off beach; and Lake Avenue beach access on a two-year trial period.

Kelowna: Lake Avenue Dog Beach
An off-leash dog beach has been set up at the Lake Avenue Beach Access for a two-year trial ending in September 2019. During this time the City is collecting feedback to help City Council make a decision about the long-term future of this site as a dog beach. The beach is located next to the mouth of Mill Creek, whose outflow into the lake ensures good water circulation.

Kelowna: Kalamoir Regional Park
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Kalamoir Regional Park is nestled along the shore of Okanagan Lake. Kalamoir has specified dog beach areas - please follow signs from lower parking area.

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
Golden Ears Provincial Park lies in the Coast Mountains 11 km north of Maple Ridge on the north side of the Fraser River. 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.

Nanaimo: Public Beaches
Dogs are allowed on Nanaimo's public beaches only during the off-season, from October 1st to May 1st.

Nanaimo: 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.

Nelson: Kokanee Creek Provincial Park
Kokanee Creek Provincial Park offers over a kilometre of sandy beaches and three campsites. There is a dog beach located beside the boat launch at the northeast end of the park.

Oak Bay: Willows Park Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Willows Park is a developed waterfront park with large grassed area, change rooms and washrooms, concession and tea room, picnic tables, benches, children’s play area, sandy beach, esplanade and walkway. Dogs are allowed year-round on grass areas and pathways and must be leashed at all times. Dogs are not allowed on the beach between May 1 and September 30 but are allowed on the beach, leashed or unleashed, from October 1 to April 30.

Oak Bay: McNeill Bay Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. McNeill Bay (aka Shoal Bay) lies within the boundaries of Oak Bay, along the coast of Vancouver Island. Dogs are permitted to be off leash on McNeill Bay Beach from October 1st until April 30th. From May through September, dogs are not permitted between sunrise and sunset. No dogs allowed on Kitty Islet at any time.

Osoyoos: sẁiẁs Provincial Park (Haynes Point)
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.

Osoyoos: Dog Swimming Areas
Osoyoos offers four dog friendly swimming areas: Goodman Park dog swimming area, located along Lakeshore Drive at Bayview Crescent and Lake Osoyoos: Gyro Park dog swimming area, behind the Osoyoos Museum in Gyro Park; Legion Beach dog swimming area, located on Kingfisher Drive; and Lions Park dog swimming area, at the north end of Lions Park.

Peachland: Doggy Beach
Dogs are allowed to swim at the "T" Boat Launch, Public Boat Launch and Breakwater on Okanagan Lake, Hwy97 & Princeton Ave. There is another dog beach at Strachan's Corner. Location: From the Boat Launch at 8th street and east to the wharf at Strachan's Corner.

Penticton: Okanagan Lake Park, 45 Lakeshore Drive East
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Located at 45 Lakeshore Drive Easton near the downtown core, Okanagan Lake Park features an off-leash dog beach. Off leash only area only inside the fenced beach area (note that dogs must be on-leash until inside the fenced off-leash area).

Penticton: Skaha Lake on Lakeside Road, 4851 Lakeside Road, Penticton, BC
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Located on Lakeside Road, 3km south of the Skaha Marina, there is a fully fenced off leash beach area for dogs to enjoy Skaha Lake.

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 (the boating beach) there is an off-leash beach area for dogs. Dogs are not allowed on the swimming beach.

Revelstoke: Blanket Creek Provincial Park
Blanket Creek Provincial Park, just south of Revelstoke, is one of a system of four provincial parks on the Arrow Lake Reservoir. A signed dog beach is located out on the reservoir. Dogs are allowed off-leash in this designated area only.

Richmond: Iona Beach Regional Park, 900 Ferguson Rd, Richmond, BC V7B 1W7
Located where the Fraser River meets the sea, Iona Beach Regional Park is known for its long beach. The dog-friendly park features 13-kms of walking trails (mostly along the beach) in addition to 4-kms of biking trails. There are two areas where dogs are not allowed -- the ponds and areas surrounding them on the park's east side. And the foreshore between Iona Jetty and North Jetty. These are both areas with high value as wildlife habitat. A ​leash-optional trail has been designated along the lower roadway on the Iona Jetty. Your dog must still be under your control. All other areas in this regional park are designated as leash-required.

Summerland: Peach Orchard Dog Beach, 14877 Lakeshore Dr S, Summerland, BC V0H 1Z1
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Peach Orchard Dog Beach is a fenced in off-leash dog beach with large shade trees, picnic benches, and dog bag dispenser on-site. The dog beach is to the south end of Peach Orchard Beach, also located at this main beach is a park, children’s playground & children’s water park.

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.

Tofino/Ucluelet: Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve comprises three separate regions: Long Beach, the Broken Group Islands, and the West Coast Trail. Dogs are permitted in the Long Beach area of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, however they must be on leash at all times. This includes beaches, trails, parking lots and in the water.

Vancouver: Off-Leash Dog Areas With Water Access
Dogs are welcome in all of Vancouver's parks and must be on leash unless they are in a designated dog off-leash area. Dogs are welcome to cool off at specified off-leash areas with water access, including: Charleston Park; CRAB Park at Portside; Hadden Park; Fraser River Park; John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park; New Brighton Park; Spanish Banks Beach; and Sunset Beach Park.

Vancouver: Charleston Park Dog Off-Leash Area, 999 Charleston St., Vancouver
Waterfall pond off-leash hours: October to May, all day; June to September, 5pm-10am. Dogs are not allowed in Duck pond. Dogs must be on-leash from June to September between 10am and 5pm in the waterfall 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 hours: 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: John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park Off-Leash Area
The dog off-leash area is located at the north end of lake. Off-leash hours: 5:00am 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.

Vernon: Ellison Provincial Park
Nestled on the northeastern shore of Okanagan Lake, Ellison Provincial Park includes 220 hectares of forested benchlands above a rocky shoreline of scenic headlands and sheltered coves. 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
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. Pet Beaches are located about a kilometre down the Crest Trail and at the eastern end of Cosens Bay. Dogs are not allowed in Jade Bay, Juniper Bay and Cosens Bay, except in the designated area at the eastern end of Cosens beach. They must be on leash in all other areas of the park.

Victoria: Gonzales Beach
Gonzales Beach is a sheltered, sandy beach in the neighbourhood of Fairfield, just east of downtown Victoria. The main access to the beach is located off Crescent Road, near the south end of Richmond Road. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach from September 1 to May 31. 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: Off-Leash Areas
Whistler has four parks with designated off-leash areas: Alpha Lake - includes a gravel off-leash dog area known as "Arfa Park" and a designated dog dock; Bayly Park; Rainbow Park - Barking bay at the south end of the Rainbow Park is a small grass lawn off-leaseh dog areas with access to the swimming dock; and Lost Lake Park - dogs are welcome at "Canine Cove" 400 metres to the north of Lost Lake beach, but are not permitted on Lost Lake beach.

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 all day in Arfa Park and before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. in the main park. Alpha Lake Park has a recently expanded Arfa Park, which includes: a separate dock and swimming area for dogs, an off-leash gravel area, as well as a sand pit for digging. The off-leash area is fenced and gated.

Whistler: Lost Lake Park
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Located just off Lost Lake Road, Lost Lake Park offers a sandy beach, pristine swimming, and nearly 100 kilometres of hiking and biking trails in the summertime. 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.


Manitoba Provincial Parks: Dog Friendly Swim Areas
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; Asessippi; Clearwater; Grass River - Gyles Lake; Grass River - Iskwasum; Manipogo; Paint Lake; Rainbow Beach; Spruce Woods; Turtle Mountain - Max Lake; and Wekusko Falls.


Campobello: Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Roosevelt Campobello International Park preserves the house and surrounding landscape of the summer retreat of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt and their family. It is located on the southern tip of Campobello Island in the Canadian province of New Brunswick, and is connected to the mainland by the Roosevelt Memorial Bridge, at Lubec, Maine. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on park grounds, but not in park buildings or shelters.

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Spryfield: Long Lake Provincial Park
Located in the Harrietsfield - Goodwood area of Halifax Regional Municipality, the 2,095 hectare Long Lake Provincial Park contains a relatively natural landscape which includes three lakes, a diversity of natural habitats and cultural features and provides opportunities for a range of nature-based outdoor recreation experiences. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park.

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Ontario 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. Please check with the Park staff upon arrival to ask exactly where the beach and/or exercise areas are.Pet-friendly Ontario Parks

Atikokan: Quetico Provincial Park
Quetico Provincial Park is an iconic wilderness class park renowned for its rugged beauty, towering rock cliffs, majestic waterfalls, virgin pine and spruce forests, picturesque rivers and lakes. There is a Dog Beach and off leash trail at Pickerel Point in Dawson Trail Campground.

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 main beach where people swim.

Cloyne: Bon Echo Provincial Park
Located 1.5 hours north of Napanee, Bon Echo Provincial has a rugged landscape including massive Mazinaw Rock which rises out of Mazinaw Lake. Four-legged campers love the 1.4 km off-leash exercise trail and the pet friendly beach and its sandy bottom. All are located on lower Mazinaw Lake.

Connaught: Kettle Lakes Provincial Park
Kettle Lakes Provincial Park features twenty-two deep, spring-fed kettle lakes formed by glaciers. There is a pet exercise area at Green Lake where your dog can enjoy a swim in the lake.

Dunnville: Rock Point Provincial Park
Located on the north shore of Lake Erie, Rock Point is the closest provincial park to Niagara Falls and is the perfect park for car campers and RV travelers. 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. Dogs are permitted on the far west end of the beach in the day-use area.

Foleyet: Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park
Located between Chapleau and Timmins, Ivanhoe Provincial Park has a long curving lip of a sandy beach with warm, shallow water and a playground makes this park attractive to families with young children. The pet exercise and beach area is located beside the fish cleaning hut.

Grand Bend: Pinery Provincial Park
Pinery Provincial Park is a breathtakingly beautiful park with 10 km of sand beach on the shores of mighty Lake Huron. The 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. Map to Dog Beach

Hamilton: Fifty Point Conservation Area
Fifty Point Conservation Area has a dog friendly beach, where dogs may swim leash free, but leash is required once they are out of the water. Dogs are not permitted in the Beach Area.

Lansdowne: Charleston Lake Provincial Park
Located on Charleston Lake near Athens in the township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Charleston Lake Provincial Park occupies 9.08 sq miles the Frontenac Axis region, a southern extension of the Canadian Shield. The park includes hiking trails, swimming areas and campgrounds. Charleston Lake has one designated pet beach located beside the Shady Ridge Beach.

Levack: Windy Lake Provincial Park
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. One of the most popular beaches in the Sudbury region, Windy Lake Provincial Park has a sandy beach that stretches across more than 1.5k of the shoreline. The Pet Recreation Area at Windy Lake Provincial Park is a large private beach front located along the shores of Windy Lake. There is ample room for a picnic and many families spend the day recreating with their pets. The Pet Recreation Area allows your pet to be off the leash but you are still required to keep constant care and control of your animal.

Morpeth: Rondeau Provincial Park
Rondeau Provincial Park features 11 km of sandy beaches on Lake Erie. Beach Access 11 is the designated Dog Beach at Rondeau. Dogs must be on leash while on the beach and under control while swimming.

Nobel: Killbear Provincial Park
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Killbear Provincial Park offers kilometres of rugged, rocky shoreline mixed with numerous sand beaches, and beautiful views of windswept pines on rocky islands There is a dog beach located near the Group Camping area which is the only location in the park where your pets are allowed off leash.

Parry Sound: Oastler Lake Provincial Park
Oastler Lake Provincial Park is set on the Boyne River, minutes from Parry Sound and Georgian Bay. The Pet Exercise Area includes a very small sandy beach, grassy area with a couple benches and picnic tables. Dogs are allowed to swim off-leash.

Penetanguishene: Awenda Provincial Park
Awenda Provincial Park has designated a stretch of its scenic Georgian Bay shoreline as a Pet Beach. This is the only public beach in the park where pets are permitted. However, they still must be kept on a two metre leash.

Picton: Sandbanks Provincial Park
Sandbanks Provincial Park has two pet-friendly areas on the Park beaches; one at Sandbanks Beach, accessed from the south end of the parking area, and one at Outlet Beach, where the Outlet River meets Lake Ontario. Dogs must be on a leash of no more than 6 feet at all times.

Port Burwell: Port Burwell Provincial Park
Port Burwell Provincial Park features a 2.5 km sandy beach on the northern shore of Lake Erie. The dog beach is located east of the Day-use parking lot #1. Please note: Dogs must remain on leash at all times.

Port Rowan: Long Point Provincial Park
Located on the northwest shore of Lake Erie near Port Rowan, Ontario, Long Point offers an off-leash dog exercise/beach area located at the west end of the day-use beach, in the New Park area. Dogs must be controlled by their owner at all times and must be kept on a leash at all times when in any other area of the park.

Restoule: Restoule Provincial Park
Restoule Provincial Park is located between Restoule Lake and Stormy Lake and extends along the banks of the Restoule River to its mouth at the French River. A pet exercise area is located adjacent to the Bells Point Beach which is also designated as pet friendly.

South River: Mikisew Provincial Park
Mikisew Provincial Park has three sandy beaches, great boating and paddling on Eagle Lake, west of South River and Hwy. 11, and four interconnected hiking trails that meander through a variety of terrain. A pet exercise area is located near the Day-Use area and includes a pet friendly swimming area and an agility course.

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.

Toronto: Cherry Beach Clarke Beach Park
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.


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 Islands Provincial Park
Woods Islands 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 8 camping parks and 13 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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