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Dogs in Parks & Trails

Dog Off-Leash Parks in Nanaimo:

Parks, Recreation and Culture recognize the importance of dogs to residents by providing twelve dog off-leash parks. These off-leash parks are a safe way to exercise your best friend while socializing with other dog owners.

Dog off-leash parks have specific areas and times for dogs to exercise off-leash provided they remain under their owner's control and that owner's carry a leash with them at all times. With the exception of designated off-leash areas and private property, all dogs must be on a leash in the City of Nanaimo

Each dog off-leash park includes signage, a dispenser stocked with biodegradable doggie bags and a trash bin.

Dog Off-Leash Parks in Nanaimo:

Nanaimo Dog Off-Leash Brochure and Map

  • Beban Park (entrance off Labieux Road)
  • Cable Bay Trail (R.O.W. Nicola Road)
  • Westwood Lake - designated area is located at the back of the park by the power lines only
  • Colliery Dam Park - upper dam trail only
  • Beaufort Park - grassy portion accessed off the Chelsea Road parking & tennis area
  • Diver Lake Park - the field will be off-leash between October 1 & April 30. During the summer this area will be utilized as a sports field.
  • St. George Ravine Park
  • Inveremere Beach Park (please check tide information to ensure tide is out far enough to enjoy this park) 
  • Forested section of May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park
  • Wardropper Park
  • Gallow's Point (Protection Island)
  • Northfield Park (Parkway rest stop behind visitor info kiosk)

No Dog Areas

  • Playgrounds
  • Sports Fields
  • Cemeteries
  • Pipers Lagoon (from April 1 to October 31)
  • Departure Bay Beach (from May 1 to September 30)
  • Buttertubs Marsh

Dog Off-Leash Park Rules:

In addition to knowing when and where dogs are allowed off-leash, there are some simple rules for owners to follow:

  • Make sure your dog is wearing a current license tag on their collar and that their vaccinations are up to date.
  • Pick up after your dog and dispose of waste in a garbage bin.
  • Do not let your dog jump on people.
  • Female dogs in heat and puppies under 4 months are not allowed.
  • Owners must be in attendance with their dog at all times within the boundaries of the dog off-leash area.
  • Owners must obey all park rules and relevant parking requirements.
  • Dogs must be on a leash prior to entering and upon leaving the off-leash area.
  • Leashed dogs are not allowed in the off-leash parks, as this creates issues with leash aggression and dogs feeling they need to protect their owners.
  • A maximum of two dogs per person in the dog off-leash area.
  • Dogs that are deemed vicious and restricted breeds are banned from off-leash parks and must be leashed and muzzled on trails.
  • Ensure you have control of your dog and are in sight of your dog at all times, whether on or off-leash.
  • Owners are personally liable for any damages or injury inflicted by their dog.
  • Children must be supervised.
  • Pets must be under the control of the owner, and the dog must be in sight of the owner at all times.
  • Choke chain collars are to be removed prior to entering a fenced off leash dog park.

A maximum fine of $500 can be levied against any person not complying with these responsibilities. Call Nanaimo Animal Control Services at 250-616-0233 to report infractions.

Quick Links:

Important Links:

Animal Licensing and Control
Dog License Renewal

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