Dogs are welcome in most regional parks and trails.

dog-offleash-hhFrom June 1 to September 15, dogs must be on leash when passing through beach and picnic areas and are not allowed to stay.

Please be aware that some regional parks have specific regulations regarding dogs. Read more >>

Dogs must be on leash in the following parks and trails:dog-leash1-hh

Dogs need to be under control at all times in other regional parks. "Under control" means that your dog returns to you immediately when called. Carry at least one leash and one collar for each dog at all times.

It's In Our Nature

Keep your dog under control so it does not disturb nesting animals or trample sensitive plants.

Pick up your dog’s droppings to ensure a great park visit for everyone. Droppings leave behind harmful health and environmental impacts.

Nurture nature.

The CRD does not supply plastic bags in our parks. Please bring your own bags, clean up after your dog and dispose of your dog’s droppings in a garbage can. Dog droppings left on or near the trail are a hazard for wildlife, other visitors and Parks staff.

Horse Riding Trails

Horse riders are welcome on rural sections of the Galloping Goose and Lochside regional trails, and on designated bridle or multi-use trails in the following regional parks:

Trails Users and Horses

Hikers and cyclists must yield to equestrians.

Dogs and Horses

Leash dogs immediately when approaching horses. Requiring dogs to be leashed when approaching horses provides a level of safety for the horse/horse rider and dog/dog owner.

Protect Your Pet from Natural Hazards

Parks are natural areas that may present hazards to park visitors and their pets.

It is difficult to anticipate when or where potential natural hazards may occur in regional parks. However, examples of common hazards to pets include:

  • poisonous mushrooms
  • moulds growing on decomposing matter, such as feces, grains, and nuts (mycotoxins)
  • blue-green algae (cyanobacteria)
  • unstable or slippery terrain
  • high and fast-moving water in streams and ditches
  • encounters with wildlife

To protect your pets and the natural environment, dogs need to be under control at all times in regional parks and trails. CRD urges that park visitors ensure that pets are always in close view, and use a leash if necessary to ensure their safety.

Learn More About Blue-green Algae

Help Protect the Wildlife

Regional parks and trails are home to many species of wild plants and animals. Please do not let your dog chase wildlife.

Although your dog’s curiosity and playfulness may seem harmless, it can have serious consequences for wild creatures, which need to conserve their energy for feeding, breeding and nesting.

Chasing or harassing wildlife is prohibited under CRD Parks bylaws and the BC Wildlife Act.

Park Regulations Related to Pets

  • Keep your dog under control at all times.
  • On Regional Trails dogs must be on leash.
  • Pick up your dog's droppings to avoid harmful health and environmental impacts.
  • From June 1 to September 15, dogs must be on leash when passing through beach
    and picnic areas and are not allowed to stay.

Adopt these simple habits when visiting parks and trails with your pets

  • Stay on designated trails. Keep pets under control.
  • Do not remove or disturb animals or plants, such as wildflowers.
  • Leave no trace and carry out litter.
  • Keep right except to pass.
  • Alert others when passing and control your speed.
  • Cyclists yield to all other trail users. Hikers yield to equestrians.
  • Be Alert and Visible-wear reflective gear and use caution at road crossings.