Best Off-Leash Dog Parks in Toronto

Finding a suitable park for you four-legged friend can be a tough task. A good park doesn't necessarily mean big vast fields of green. Sometimes a smaller area is just enough if it's safe and easily accessible. Luckily, Toronto offers a variety of choices, allowing you to make your daily walks and fetch sessions worthwhile.

We've chosen a few of your favourites with nice illustrations of each of the parks to make your choice easier. Have fun and let the 'walkies' begin!

High Park

Address: 1873 Bloor St W, Toronto

Everyone is familiar with Toronto's largest public park. In addition to hiking trails, spots facilities, playgrounds, greenhouses and a beautiful lake, High Park also has an off-leash dog park area, know also as Dog Hill. It's located between the Grenadier Restaurant and the High Park zoo.

The park is not completely fenced, so make sure your pup doesn't run away as soon as you let him off his leash. There is a drinking fountain for pets inside the park and a few benches and tables for the owners to socialize. But you need to bring your own plastic bags to pick up after your pet.

Off the leash park in High Park
Off-leash park in High Park
Where is the ball
Where is the ball?
Dog drinking
Thirsty after a good run
Pug
Pug
Pug owner
Pug owner
The floor is lava
Observing the situation
Hello dog Im dog
Hello Dog! I'm Dog!
chihuahua owner
Best friends
Come at me bro
I see you.

Sunnybrook Park

Address: 1132 Leslie Street

Sunnybrook is one of Toronto's largest and most beautiful parks, so expect it to be crowded in all seasons. The off-the-leash area is located in the middle of the park. It's really big and completely fenced, so you don't have to worry about your pet running away, unless they like to jump, because the fence is kind of low in places. If your dogs are not very social, you might want to search for a less crowded park, since Sunnybrook is usually very busy. 

Whether you're arriving by car or on foot, the park is easily accessible and offers everything a dog owner looking for a good off-leash park needs: seating, water and poop bags.

Beautiful place to take your pooch for a walk
Beautiful place to take your pooch to play
Homeward Bound  The Incredible Journey
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Almost there
Almost there
Running along the fence
Running along the fence
Small dog area
Small dog area
My ball
My ball
Lassie came to visit too
Lassie came to join the fun!
Karma poop
Karma poop

Don Valley Brickworks

Address: 550 Bayview Avenue

Don Valley Brickworks park offers two fenced-in off-the-leash areas and open hiking trails. The park is a 25 minute walk from the Castle Frank station and if you're driving, there is parking available at the spot. There is no water fountain in the park, so make sure you bring some with you.

You can also visit Evergreen Brickworks Farmer's Markets, held on Saturdays and Sundays, from May until November.

Evergreen Brickworks Park
Evergreen Brickworks Park
Enjoy the silence
Enjoy the silence

Trinity Bellwoods

Address: 790 Queen Street West at Shaw Street

Probably the most fun dog park out of them all. The "Dog bowl" off-the-leash area is a pit in the middle of the park, where your pups can run freely and socialize with other dogs. The fact that it is a pit, it allows you to see exactly what your pet is up to and there is plenty of space to sit and enjoy your time out. Look how much fun these pups had!

Howling
Howling
I hope youre not here to take my bone 1
I hope you're not here to take my bone
Hanging out 1
Hanging out
Was that a ball I saw
Was that a ball I saw?
Moon Moon
Making friends
Give it back
Give it back!
Mine 1
It's mine!
Playing fetch
Playing fetch
Not giving it back
I'm not giving you the ball, you're just going to throw it.
To be surrounded by dogs  Bliss
Surrounded
Treats
Treats
They told me the floor is lava
They told me the floor is lava.
Posing for the camera
Posing for the camera
what a strange dog
What kind of a dog is this?

Kew Gardens, The Beach

You will find a big 24-hour off-leash area just a few steps away from the Kew Gardens, bordered by the Lake. It's the perfect place to let your pets experience some water and to admire the lake front. With Toronto's skyline on the horizon, what's there not to like?

Going for a walk
Going for a walk
Going for a run
Going for a run
Fetch
Fetch
Got it
I got it!
On the beach
On the beach
Nirvana
Nirvana
Playing on the beach
Playing on the beach
Walkies with a view
Walkies with a view
Dirt is fun
Dirt is fun
Got the ball
Got the ball
Stroll along the beach
Stroll along the beach

Allan Gardens

Address: 121 Carlton Street

Allan Gardens, famous for its conservatory and greenhouses is also a home to two fenced off-leash areas, popular among Torontonians. It's split into an area for large dogs and one for the smaller dogs and puppies.The area is bordered by two dog sculptures, one blue and one green, called Animalis and created by Stephen Cruise. Not that your dogs will be interested. But they might like the water fountain in the middle of the park!

Coming to play
Coming to play
Enjoying time off
Enjoying time in the park
Hello
You smell nice.
Little model
Little model.
No walkies carry please
No walkies, carry us please.
Hi there
Hi there.
Water fountain
Water fountain
Any balls to spare
Got any balls to spare?

MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER: BEA LABIKOVA

Bea Labikova
Bea Labikova

Bea is a Toronto based musician, photographer, teacher and a multidisciplinary visual artist. Growing up surrounded by her father’s antique camera collection, Bea was naturally inclined towards photography since an early age. She loves taking portraits of unique faces and always tries to capture the colours of the world around us. Her main areas of interest are documentary, performance and travel photography.

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