WOOF! Walks are nice and sweet, but sometimes it’s nice to let your dog(s) run around and make friends with the other local pups. This list is full of butt sniffing, tail wagging, howling good fun for the furry friends in your life.
Check out some of these puppy approved dog spots to let your mutt run free:
Trinity Bellwoods Park
For the trendy dogs with ironic dog bone name tags, Trinity Bellwoods is perfect for hanging out with your dog on any given day. The “dog bowl”, the off-leash area, is full with pups of all sorts and is a guaranteed good time.
The fenced in area close to the Sunnybrook Hospital is a great space for dogs to romp. This large dog park is fenced in and sprinkled with trees and bushes. Despite this, you’ll still have a good sight line to your K9.
Coronation Park is close to the lake and perfect for small pooches. It’s large enough for the the big dogs too, but sometimes, the massive parks can be a little intimidating for the little guys. This dog park doesn’t come complete with a water fountain, so make sure to pack some H20.
Just south of the Riverdale farm, there’s a great off-leash zone in Riverdale Park. Unfortunately, the Riverdale Farm doesn’t allow pets, so you can’t bring Fido to meet the sheep.
The off-leash area at Sherwood Park is in need of a bit of fixing up, but the winding trails make for a fun adventure. If your pup isn’t the best listener, it’s best to keep them on a leash, at least until they become familiar with their surroundings.
Cherry Beach might be your best bet if you’re the owner of a Labrador, Retriever, Newfoundland or Otterhound. Your dog can get their doggie paddle on here. Word of caution: check the scene for broken glass, just to be on the safe side.
The High Park dog park is for the social west end dogs. The off-leash area is not totally fenced in, so the park suggests you keep a watchful eye on your dog as they run and bark among themselves. There are also tons of trails surrounding the off-leash area for those owners who want to get some exercise in too.
Don Valley Brickworks Park
The Don Valley Brickworks Park has both a fenced in, off-leash area, and plenty of walking trails for your and your animal to enjoy.
While the Beltline Trail is not considered an off-leash park, there is still adventure waiting. The trails are long, so if you notice your pup starting to get tired, turn back and grab a ride home via TTC – it’s super close to the Davisville station.
Sir Winston Churchill Park
Almost always full of dogs chasing balls, sticks and each other, Sir Winston Churchill Park is not meant for the shy dogs. The long paths are great exercise options for your pooch too.