Keeping our canine companions happy and healthy is a top priority. This means unlimited petting and regular exercise. While walking your dog on a leash is usually necessary, it’s far more beneficial for them to run freely. Off-leash walks provide your pup with stimulation and social skills. Luckily, if you live in Canada's Capitol, there are no shortage of scenic Ottawa off-leash dog parks to choose from.
Address: Conroy Road, Ottawa
Why you need to go: This well-kept pit is one of the largest in Ottawa. It offers numerous trails surrounded by trees and a large pond for your pup to cool down in. Keep in mind, weekends are pretty busy here and the parking lot fills up quickly. Roadside parking is allowed.
Address: 175 Cedarview Road, Ottawa
Why you need to go: This beautiful pit offers a wide, fenced-in area for your pup to run and play. Poopbag stations are scattered throughout the area so you’re never stuck without one. There is also a long walking trail for those without dogs with plenty of greenery, walking bridges and benches that overlook the water.
Address: 52 Bayview Road, Ottawa
Why you need to go: The flat, open fields are well maintained and perfect for running or playing catch with your dog. With playground equipment, a splash pad, a baseball diamond, and a picnic area, Laroche Park is fun for everyone.
Address: 349 Bruyère St, Ottawa
Why you need to go: It’s not uncommon to find a family of geese walking along the Rideau River. There’s plenty of open space to run surrounded by greenery, historic bridges, and two free-to-use tennis courts. Playground equipment and a small splash pad are also on site. People rave about the cleanliness of this park.
Macdonald Gardens Park
Address: 99 Coburg St. Ottawa
Why you need to go: A healthy mix of open fields and winding trails for you and your furry friend to explore. The old stone gazebo makes a perfect shady rest area. Remember, most of the park is an off-leash dog park, but there are a few “no dogs allowed” areas as well. The no-dog zones have clear signage.
Stittsville Dog Park
Address: Trans Canada Trail, Stittsville/Ottawa
Why you need to go: A spacious piece of land with a variety of wildlife and greenery to enjoy. In the “Treat Trees” area you can find hanging containers of dog treats. Always full of friendly, sociable dogs and owners.