Dog-Friendly Parks in Vancouver, British Columbia

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August 20, 2010
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Vancouver, British Columbia, is definitely a wonderful city to own a dog, with all of the nearby nature and off-leash dog areas!

If you are going to one of these lovely parks, be aware that many of them operate under certain off-leash hours or seasons. Some of these parks have fenced-in or outlined off-leash areas, and others allow dogs to roam throughout the whole park without a leash. Take note if there is a playground in the park, because many of them forbid dogs in or around their premises.

Nelson Park

Nelson Park in Vancouver’s West End has a small, off-leash dog area that is filled with little, round pebbles. Dogs may be off-leash at this park from 7:00 AM-9:00 PM.

There is a nice urban scape from all angles of this park, and the dog area has a sturdy fence with double-gated entrance. As it does not have a separate area for large and small dogs, make sure that dogs are friendly and play well with all sizes.

Charleston Park

Charleston Park is located in the Fairview District of the city, and it has two off-leash areas. The grass bowl area allows dogs off-leash from 6:00 AM-10:00 PM, year-round. The waterfall pond area in this park requires that dogs be on-leash from June through September, from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM; they are allowed off-leash at all other times.

Sunset Park

Sunset Park is in the Sunset neighborhood, and is off-leash from 6:00 AM-10:00 PM. It features green spaces, a nice walk lined with linden trees and soccer fields.

Devonian Harbour Park

The Devonian Harbour Park is situated in downtown Vancouver, between Stanley Park and Coal Harbour. It has some interesting sculptures, rolling lawns and great views of the harbor. It allows dogs to be off-leash from 6:00 AM-10:00 PM.

Stanley Park

Stanley Park is a huge, famous park of over 1,000 acres, and tons of different areas to explore. It is located in the West End of Vancouver, and has many different hiking trails, open fields and views of the city and Lion’s Gate Bridge. Because of such features, Stanley Park is a huge tourist attraction.

Stanley Park’s off-leash dog area is located on a former Shuffleboard Court, and is a sizable area lined with pebbles. The off-leash hours for this park are from 7:00 AM-9:00 PM.

Coopers’ Park

Coopers’ Park is located downtown, bordering False Creek. There is a field east of the Cambie Street Bridge that allows dogs to be off-leash from 6:00 AM-10:00 PM.

Everett Crowley Park

Everett Crowley Park is a large, wooded area in the Killarney district, and dogs are allowed to hike off-leash all day long throughout the inner trail areas. There are lots of different birds in these woods.

CRAB Park at Portside

The CRAB Park at Portside is situated between the city of Vancouver and the Port of Vancouver, and lots of downtown residents and dogs come here.

There is a large off-leash field area for dogs to frolic and play frisbee or catch, but it is not fenced, so dogs must be well-behaved. As it is not just designed as a dog park, CRAB park has awesome views of the Vancouver skyline, and is also a tourist spot. This place is situated on the water, so it is nice spot to watch the ships and waves, as well as see the hills of North Vancouver on the other side.

Dogs are forbidden from being in or around the playground. The off-leash hours for this field are from 6:00 AM-10:00 AM, and 5:00 PM-10:00 PM.

Fraser River Park

Fraser River Park is located in Kerrisdale. The west side of this park allows off-leash dogs at all times, and the Riparian Area requires leashes. The east side of this park allows off-leash dogs from October 1 through April 30, but requires them to be leashed throughout the rest of the year. This park offers great views of the river, picnic sites, rolling lawns, boardwalks and restrooms.

George Park

George Park is located in the Sunset neighborhood, and there are wonderful rolling hills, paths and deciduous trees. Dogs can be off-leash at George Park from 6:00 AM-10:00 AM, and 5:00 PM-10:00 PM; they are forbidden from being in or around the playground.

John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park

The John Hendry Park is situated in the Kensington-Cedar Cottage part of town. There is an outlined off-leash area that allows dogs to roam from 5:00 AM-10:00 PM. The rest of the park has a nice lake with a beach area, various sports fields and trails.

Musqueam Park

Located in the Dunbar-Southlands area, Musqueam Park mostly consists of forest with tranquil trails, as well as two cleared soccer fields. There is an outlined area where dogs may walk around off-leash from 6:00 AM-10:00 PM.

Nat Bailey Stadium

Nat Bailey Stadium is a historic sports park that is home to the baseball team, the Vancouver Canadians. There are several fields that surround Riley-Little Mountain’s neighborhood stadium, as well as an off-leash dog area that is outlined and allows dogs to run from 6:00 AM-10:00 PM.

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