As much as we appreciate our open spaces and the great outdoors, our dogs need it just as badly.
Seeing a pup’s excitement when a leash is taken from a shelf is only ever matched when it sees a big, green, grassy field to run around. Toronto has so many fantastic dog-friendly parks, you can share in the fun times with your best furry pal, and give you both a reason to take in some much-needed fresh air.
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Here are 10 of the best parks in Toronto that both you and your dog can enjoy together.
There are many trails and open areas to explore at High Park, but the off-leash dog park is your dog’s chance to run wild. There are nearby benches for owners to relax and socialize while their pups play. There’s running water here for your dog, but remember to bring plastic bags.
Address: 1873 Bloor Street W, Toronto
Near a World War 1 memorial that includes a large oak tree, surrounded by a ring of maple trees, this dog park also sits along the shoreline of Lake Ontario. It’s a beautiful place to picnic with your dog on a summer day.
Address: 711 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto
There’s often ample parking at this cozy beach spot, located on the north shore of the Outer Harbour. With a great off-leash dog park it is a perfect place to view the kiteboarders on the west side of the beach.
Address: 1 Cherry Street, Toronto
Besides being the home of six massive greenhouses, Allen Gardens is also a fantastic place to visit with whatever type of dog you have. The off-leash area is fenced for you to really let the good boy or girl run wild. Commercial dog walkers are also welcome.
Address: 160 Gerrard Street W, Toronto
This massive park, complete with bike trails, sports fields, and a riding school, has a great off-leash dog area. The area is fenced, allows for commercial dog walkers, and has a separate area for dogs that weigh under 20 lbs.
Address: 1132 Leslie Street, Toronto
The exciting atmosphere at Ramsden Park is everywhere, from the outdoor rinks to the tennis courts — including a very large off-leash dog park. There’s plenty of room to throw balls and play with your doggo.
Address: 1020 Yonge Street, Toronto
Located inside the 12.6 hectares Earlscourt Park, this off-leash dog area is a great place for your dog to run and play in the shade of trees. The area is fenced for relaxed playing, with plenty of trails and things to see when the leash is back on.
Address: 1200 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto
Berczy Park is a great public park, not just for pups, that is a combination of open fields and celebrated landscapes. Hang outside with your dog in this revitalized historical area, and make sure to check out the famous centrepiece — a two-tiered dog fountain with 27 dog sculptures each spraying water from its mouth.
Address: 35 Wellington Street E, Toronto
Visiting Trinity Bellwoods is the perfect Sunday with your dog. There are tennis courts, volleyball nets, baseball diamonds, a wading pool and a playground in the park for kids. Get your dog excited and let them loose in the huge off-leash area with fun areas to explore.
Address: 790 Queen Street, Toronto
A great little park in the middle of the hustle of the city is Clarence Square Park on Spadina Avenue. Weaving paths with plenty of park benches make for a relaxing walk underneath the canopy of mature trees. Take a stroll with your pup before letting them loose in the enclosed off-leash area.
Address: 25 Clarence Square, Toronto