How Many Dog Parks Are There in Toronto?

How Many Dog Parks Are There in Toronto?

Random fact time – Did you know that there are over 230,000 registered dogs living in Toronto?

With so many dogs living in the city, it should come as no surprise that over the past decade, Toronto has worked on increasing the number of dog parks in the city too.

So how many dog parks are there in Toronto? As of 2022, there are 70 dog parks in Toronto. However, that doesn’t mean that every single dog park is easily accessible to you just because you live in the city!

Note: Curious as to which area you’re in? Check out this map on the City of Toronto website to help you determine which region you fall into. 


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Toronto Dog Park Map (70+ off-leash areas)

Toronto is a huge and sprawling city with hundreds of micro-neighborhoods and depending on where you live, some areas have more dog parks and off-leash than areas.

Here is a map of where all the 70 off-leash areas are located to help you find the right one for you.

You’ll also find links to all the dog parks that we’ve reviewed in Toronto conveniently linked on this map too!

This map was created with Wanderlog, a trip planner on iOS and Android

Until we’ve visited every park, be sure to visit this page periodically for updates or subscribe to the newsletter to find in-depth reviews of each dog park.

Each dog park review includes:

  • Summary of key features and missing features you should know before you go
  • Parking tips
  • Seasonal Tips
  • Resources to active dog park communities (if applicable)
  • And much more!

Dog Parks and Off-Leash Areas in Toronto by Community Council Areas

When planning your next dog park adventure, it may also be easier to search for dog parks based on where you’ll be during the day. 

The City of Toronto has grouped the off-leash areas by the four Community Council Areas:

  1. Etobicoke York
  2. North York
  3. Toronto / East York and
  4. Scarborough

I’ve found this grouping to be extremely helpful as well: 

Click on the image to find the full list of dog parks in the area:

How many off-leash areas are there in the Etobicoke York Area?

This map was made with Wanderlog, for itineraries on iOS and Android

There are 11 dog parks / off-leash areas in the Etobicoke York area:

  1. Beresford Park
  2. Colonel Samuel Smith park
  3. Don Russell Memorial Park
  4. Earlscourt Park
  5. High Park
  6. Humber Bay Park West
  7. King’s Mill Park
  8. Marie Curtis Park
  9. Raymore Park (reviewed)
  10. Sir Casmir Gzowski Park
  11. Woolner Park

How many off-leash areas are there in the North York Area?

Map created using Wanderlog, a vacation planner on iOS and Android

There are 10 dog parks / off-leash areas in the North York area:

  1. Bayview Arena Park / Willowdale Off-Leash Area (reviewed)
  2. Downsview Park / Dogsview Park (reviewed)
  3. Earl Bales Dog Park (reviewed)
  4. G. Ross Lord Dog Park (reviewed)
  5. Linkwood Lane Park
  6. Sandy Bruce Park
  7. Sherwood Park
  8. Sunnybrook Park
  9. Woburn Park
  10. Yonge and York Mills

How many dog parks are there in the Toronto / East York area?

Map created using Wanderlog, a road trip planner on iOS and Android

There are 40 dog parks / off-leash areas in the Toronto / East York area:

  1. Allan Gardens
  2. Balmy Beach Park (Silverbirch Park)
  3. Barbara Hall Park
  4. Bickford Park
  5. Bill Johnston Park
  6. Cassels Avenue Playground
  7. Cedarvale Park (reviewed)
  8. Cherry Beach
  9. Clarence Square
  10. Coronation Park
  11. Coxwell Ravine Park
  12. Craigleigh Gardens
  13. David Crombie Park
  14. Don Valley Brick Works
  15. Gerrard Carlaw Parkette
  16. Grange Park
  17. Greenwood Park
  18. Hideaway park
  19. Hillcrest Park
  20. Kew Gardens
  21. Merrill Bridge Road Park
  22. Monarch Park
  23. Norwood Park
  24. Oakcrest Parkette
  25. Orphan’s Green
  26. Ramsden Park
  27. Regent Park
  28. Riverdale Park East (reviewed)
  29. Riverdale Park West
  30. Sir Winston Churchill Park
  31. Sorauren Avenue Park
  32. South Stanely Park
  33. Stan Wadlow Park
  34. St. Andrew’s Playground
  35. Thompson Street Parkette
  36. Trinity Bellwoods Park
  37. Vermont Square Park
  38. Wildwood Crescent Playground
  39. Withrow Park
  40. Wychwood Barns Park

How many off-leash areas are there in the Scarborough Area?

Map courtesy of Wanderlog, a trip planner on iOS and Android

There are 9 off-leash / dog parks in the Scarborough Area:

  1. Botany Hill Park
  2. Colonel Danforth Park
  3. Confederation Park
  4. Frank Faubert Wood Lot (Hand of God Park)
  5. L’Amoreaux
  6. McCowan Park
  7. Scarborough Heights Park
  8. Thomson Memorial Park
  9. Warden Woods Park

Toronto Off-Leash Dog Beaches in the Winter

Trip map courtesy of Wanderlog, a road trip planner on iOS and Android

There are two beaches in Toronto that are open to off-leash play from November 1 to March 31st.

Dogs are permitted off-leash below the snow fence line (from the fence to the beach) at Kew Balmy Beach and Woodbine beach.

Before visiting these beaches, always make sure to check the latest Parks Bylaws on the City of Toronto website to see if these exemptions still apply for the current year. The latest copy of the Parks Bylaws can be found on the right sidebar of the Dogs Off-Leash Area page.

For all other beaches in Toronto – the following dog rules apply:

Dogs are not allowed on swimming beaches in Toronto (not even on a leash) except between November 1 and March 31. Between November 1 and March 31, dogs are allowed to enter swimming beaches on a leash.

Frequently Asked Questions about Toronto Dog Parks

How long are Toronto Dog Parks open until?

In general most Toronto dog parks and off-leash areas are open from sunrise to sunset.

The current known exception is:

Wychwood Barns Dog Park:

  • Weekdays:
    • Dog Park is closed for 3 hours in the middle of the day from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    • Dog Park is closed after 9:00 PM

What are the Toronto Dog Park Rules?

The latest copy of the code of conduct, bylaws, & fines can be found on the City of Toronto’s website.

Below is the copy of the code of conduct taken at the time of writing this post in 2022:
Code of Conduct and Bylaws

  • Follow all signs and respect all boundaries.
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times (except when in the dogs off-leash area)
  • All dogs must have a visible municipal licence tag
  • Dogs must be vaccinated
  • Dogs must not trample or endanger plant material and other park resources
  • The following dogs aren’t allowed in dogs off-leash areas:
    • Pit Bulls or other dangerous animals – see the Dog Owner’s Liability Act
    • Female dogs in heat
    • Any dog that has been issued a muzzle order by the Executive Director of Municipal Licensing and Standards
  • Dogs must not chase wildlife
  • Pick up after your dog and throw it out in a disposal bin
  • Keep dogs in sight and under control at all times
  • Don’t leave dogs unattended in the off-leash area
  • Repair holes dug by the dogs under your control

Fines

Each of the following bylaw infractions carries a fine:

  • Dogs off-leash
  • Dog at large
  • Dog with no licence
  • Failure to clean up after your dog

Are there any indoor dog parks in Toronto?

Unfortunately, if you’re looking for a large open indoor off-leash space to bring your pup, you’re out of luck. 
However, indoor pet-friendly spaces are available if you are looking for:

  • Doggie Daycare or Playcare Services
  • Pet Sitting Services
  • Dog Training Facilities

Many of these services also offer designated play sessions that require advance reservation

Are there any dog parks on the Toronto Islands?

There are no dog parks on any of the Toronto Islands. Dogs are, however, allowed to visit the islands, but must be kept on leash at all times and follow the poop and scoop policies.

What We Always Bring With Us to Dog Parks

What’s on Limone:

Depending on the situation we rotate Limone through various harnesses and collars:

Similarly, we rotate Limone’s leash based on our needs. These are the three leashes we use regularly:

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Maria is the founder of SYDE Road, a blog about adventure and often-times dog-friendly traveling. She loves researching and planning for trips and is the 'project manager' for many of the small group adventures documented on this blog. She believes that while it is always best to go into a trip with a plan, the best planned trips are always the ones that have time built-in to explore and get a bit lost. Her itineraries are detailed with safety hints and tips, but are also peppered with unique travel stories and experiences that are the result of free time, getting lost, or stepping off the main trails. She aims to inspire others and give people the confidence to travel the world and get a bit sidetracked!

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