Dogs in Parks

Dogs in Parks

Dogs are now allowed in more park areas

At their regular meeting on Monday, November 27, Council voted to adopt the proposed Animal Control and License Bylaw No. 4545, 2008 Amendment No. 5286, 2023

The proposed amendment provides increased access for dogs on-leash with their owners in Horseshoe Bay Park, Ambleside Park, and the Centennial Seawalk.  

This amendment also removes the five-metre setback from specific areas such as sports fields, playgrounds, and other public areas.

Dog area guide and map

Note: map updated on November 28, 2023 to reflect changes to the bylaw.

West Vancouver is a dog and dog owner's dream. There are trails, parks, seaside walks and lots of designated off-leash areas. Please follow the rules, and you'll get the most out of what this dog-friendly community has to offer. Take your canine buddy and start exploring!

Dog area guide and map

Dogs on Beaches

Dogs are not allowed on any West Vancouver beaches except where otherwise noted.

On-Leash Areas

Dogs are allowed on-leash in most areas of most parks, but not in playgrounds, beaches, sports fields and school fields. Please check all signage before entering any park.

Off-Leash Areas

Let your dog stretch its legs in one of 14 off-leash areas:

  1. Ballantree Park
    Ballantree (PDF)
  2. Benbow Park
  3. Seawalk
    North of the fence (19th to 24th Streets only)
  4. Clovelly Walk
  5. Cypress Falls Park (leash dogs near fast-moving water)
  6. Douglas Woodward Park
  7. Hay Park
  8. Klahanie Park (trails only)
  9. Lighthouse Park (trails only)
  10. Walking trails and fire access roads in the undeveloped lands above the highway (with exceptions; please see map)
  11. McKechnie Park
  12. Seaview Walk
  13. Westhill Park
  14. Whytecliff Park (east of Marine Drive)

Dogs are allowed off-leash on walking trails and fire access roads in undeveloped public lands above the Upper Levels Highway. Please:

  • do not trespass on private land
  • review all signage carefully
  • clean up after your dog

Seawalk Rules

Leashed dogs are now permitted on the paved portions of the Seawalk from Dundarave through Ambleside Park.

They can frolic off-leash in the fenced dog path between 19th and 24th Street. Off-leash dogs must stay behind the fence. Re-leash your pups at 24th and 19th Streets. Dogs are not permitted on gravel paths, on the grass, in playgrounds, on piers, or on beaches along the Seawalk.

Prohibited Areas

Please remember dogs are not allowed on beaches, sports fields, school facilities, playgrounds and other municipal facilities.

Dog Waste Only Bins

Visitors to some parks throughout West Vancouver will notice bright red bins for “Dog Waste Only”. This is part of West Vancouver's effort to separate dog waste from regular park garbage by providing alternate disposal bins.

This program will be expanding over the next several years to areas that see the most dog use. Learn more:

Dog Waste Only bins