Specific Regulations by Park

Albert Head Lagoon Regional Park

dogwalk-hhDogs are welcome in the park, but are not permitted in the bird sanctuary in the estuary. The estuary provides important habitat for ducks, geese, swans and many varieties of migrating birds.

Please don’t let your dog chase the birds. They need safe and undisturbed feeding, resting and nesting habitat, especially in cold weather.

Ayum Creek Regional Park Reserve

Ayum Creek Regional Park Reserve in Sooke is the only regional park area where dogs are prohibited year-round. Ayum Creek is an important salmon spawning area, and is undergoing restoration.

Coles Bay Regional Park

Between June 1 and September 15, dogs on leash are allowed to pass through but are not allowed to stay in beach or picnic areas.

Devonian Regional Park

Dogs are welcome but are not permitted in Sherwood Creek. The creek provides important habitat for resident birds and spawning cutthroat trout. Please don’t let your dog chase the birds. They need safe and undisturbed feeding, resting and nesting habitat, especially in cold weather. Between June 1 and September 15, dogs on leash are allowed to pass through but are not allowed to stay in beach and picnic areas.

E&N Rail Trail

Dogs must be on leash.

East Sooke Regional Park

Dogs are welcome but are not permitted in Aylard Farm pond. Between June 1 and September 15, dogs are not permitted in the Aylard Farm beach and picnic area.

Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park

Between June 1 and September 15, dogs on leash are allowed to pass through but are not allowed to stay in the Beaver, Hamsterly, Eagle and Water Ski beaches and picnic areas.

Francis/King Regional Park

Dogs must be on leash on the Elsie King Trail. Dog management at this park is currently under review.

Galloping Goose Regional Trail

Dogs must be on leash.

Island View Beach Regional Park

Between June 1 and September 15, dogs on leash are allowed to pass through but are not allowed to stay in beach and picnic areas. The fields, hedgerows and shoreline provide important habitat for many varieties of resident and migrating birds. Please don’t let your dog chase the birds. They need safe and undisturbed feeding, resting and nesting habitat, especially in cold weather.

Lochside Regional Trail

Dogs must be on leash.

Matheson Lake Regional Park

Between June 1 and September 15, dogs are not permitted in the beach area.

Mount Work Regional Park

Between June 1 and September 15, dogs on leash are allowed to pass through but are not allowed to stay in beach or picnic areas.

Roche Cove Regional Park

Between June 1 and September 15, dogs on leash are allowed to pass through but are not allowed to stay in beach or picnic areas.

Thetis Lake Regional Park

Between June 1 and September 15, dogs are not permitted in the Prior Lake beach and dock area. Dogs on leash are allowed to pass through but are not allowed to stay at the Thetis Lake main beach and picnic area.

Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park

Between June 1 and September 15, dogs are not permitted in beach or picnic areas, except at Tower Point. The saltmarsh and shoreline provide important habitat for resident and migrating waterfowl and other birds. Please don’t let your dog chase the birds. They need safe and undisturbed feeding, resting and nesting habitat, especially in cold weather.

 

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Park Regulations Related to Pets

  • Keep your dog under control at all times.
  • On the Galloping Goose, Lochside and E&N Rail Trail-Humpback Connector regional trails, dogs must be leashed.
  • Dogs must be on leash on the Elsie King Trail at Francis/King Regional Park.
  • 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 with your pets

  • Stay on designated trails.
  • 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.