Do you take your pooch to the dog park? Numerous areas throughout the city have dog parks. That being said who doesn’t like taking their dog to meet other dogs let alone meet other humans. It’s a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life while your dog will have a great time, and maybe you too.
1. Trinity Bellwoods Park
This park is perfect for hanging out with your dog on any given day. Hipsters rejoice as this is where you and your pooch can definitely be yourselves. There is seating available and has garbage cans for doggy waste as well.
2. Sunnybrook Park
This fenced in area is right by Sunnybrook hospital. This large park has trees and bushes and is plentiful of trails. It has beautiful scenery and your dog will thank you after a romp around this park.
3. Coronation Park
This park is right by the beach and perfect for small dogs. Although there is not much room at this park, big dogs are allowed, just be mindful of the small dogs. This park does not have a water fountain so do pack some water for your dogs.
4. Riverdale Park
South of the Riverdale farm is an off-leash area for your dog. Although the farm is off limits to pets, this area is just perfect for your dog to run around and have a good romp. Your dog will be tired after his play time here.
5. High Park
It’s Toronto biggest park but with wonderful paths and trails, it is one of the best parks to go to. The dog area known as “Dog Hill” is very popular and has places for the humans to sit, plenty of washrooms and also a drinking fountain for pets. It is fenced off to some degree but do keep an eye on your dog as it is not completely fenced off. Be warned, most of the trails are not off-leash friendly and so walking your dog without being leashed could get you into some bit of trouble.
6. Cherry Beach
This hot spot for dog owners is known for letting the dogs have a good doggie paddle while also having a spectacular view of the lake. It is somewhat of a walk from downtown but well worth it. Although keep in mind and look out for broken glass.
7. Sir Winston Churchill Park
Each week during the Holiday break, the wonderful people at Urban Capers Scavenger Hunts, create a scavenger hunt at the Royal This popular park is just north of the Annex is always full of dogs. With long paths between the north and south ends of the park, if your dog is not tired from playing, the wide open walking space can surely tire any dog out.
8. Allan Gardens
In the Fall of 2008, Allan Gardens opened the doors with having a new play area for canine friends. Having been known for the conservatory and greenhouse, this park now has it all. The off leash area is fully enclosed and there are two large canine sculptures that end the area. The sculptures are created by Stephen Cruise and create a beautiful place where dogs can play.
This indoor dog park has it all but the weather. Yup no rain, wind or snow, this indoor park by he waterfront is a great hangout for your pet especially if they do not like the weather. It is 3,700 square-feet but this space also includes an indoor restaurant and the Purina Animal Hall of Fame. It is definitely worth the check out especially if the weather is not great.
10. Wychwood Barns Park
The small off-leash area within the park offers picnic tables for owners and has a drinking fountain. However do check the times because there is a time restriction at this park. It is advisable to bring your pooch on weekends and enjoy the events in the community as well.
If you do live west of the city, in Mississauga there are some amazing parks.
Etobicoke Valley Park is known for valleys and wide spaces to run. This park is wonderful just for hikes and the open space for your dog to run.
Jack Darling Park is known for beautiful trails and wonderful scenery. Your dog will love the wooded areas and the shade from the sun and during the fall, it is absolutely lovely to walk while the leaves are changing colour.
Totoredaca Park is known as one of the largest parks in the GTA for dogs. It is four acres and has two sections that can be closed off from the rest of the park. It has water there for the dogs and also has picnic tables for people to sit and relax while the hounds play.