We’ve done some searching and have put together all of the off-leash dog parks here in beautiful, Victoria BC! While the small city lends itself well to dog life, it can be tough to get proper exercise for your pup. City regulations require you to have your dog on leash at all times when inside Victoria. However, fear not! There are a total of 13 Victoria dog parks that allow your dog to roam and play without that pesky leash in tow. Each park has specific times when dogs can exercise off-leash, and all have a handy dispenser stocked with biodegradable doggie bags! Looking for dog friendly parks but don’t live in Victoria? Check out our previous posts for Vancouver, Calgary, & Toronto!
Paws in Parks – Rules to Follow
These Victoria dog parks are conveniently scattered throughout the city, so you can bet that there is one close to you! However, with this convenience comes a little cost – there are a few rules to follow! The following are simple etiquette for dog owners, helping ensure that the park is open and welcoming for everyone.
- Make sure your dog is wearing a current licence tag on their collar. (learn more on how license your dog for Victoria, BC here)
- Pick up what your dog is putting down – dispose of waste in a garbage can
- Keep your dog outside of playground boundaries (sand, rubber, or wood chip areas)
- Do not allow your dog to dig holes in a City park – if they do dig, please fill them up afterwards
- Do not let your dog jump up on people
- Ensure you have control of your dog at all times, both on and off-leash
These Victoria dog parks provide off-leash access for dog owners to exercise their pets, and helps reduces the congestion of dogs and their humans along the popular Dallas Road.
Something to ‘Paws’ for
Spear Grass – a wild plant that thrives in the type of dry soil found in many green spaces during the summer months. The pointed seeds can become tangled in pups as they walk through the grass. To help your four-legged friend avoid spear grass, keep them out of tall, dry, grassy areas. After a romp outside, we recommend you brush their paws, ears and eyes.
Victoria Dog Parks – Map Overview
There are 13 parks total in the city, and are fairly well spaced out. Below is a map of where each is located, as well as the Off-Leash times for the parks. The numbers next to each park description corresponds to the number on the map below!
1) Alexander Park — daily 6 AM – 10 AM & 4 PM – 10 PM
This small little park is right at the corner of Bay Street & Ferrnwood Street. The park has an ample playground, as well as a wooden fenced area for your dogs to roam, without the worry of them scurrying onto the road. The neighbourhood setting makes it an easy go to.
2) Arbutus Park — daily 6 AM – 10 PM
This quaint little park offers fantastic views of the Upper Harbour, and has beautiful old trees that provide thick shade even on the sunniest of days. Located along Gorge Road, even the walk up is pleasant!
3) Banfield Park — seasonal hours
- Summer (Apr. 1st – Sep. 30th) 6 AM – 9 AM & 5 PM – 10 PM
- Winter (Oct. 1st – Mar. 31st) 6 AM – 10 PM
Located at Pine Street & Craigflower Road, this gorgeous park offers nice open areas and easy water access for those hot summer days. The Victoria West Community Centre is also located on the grounds, creating a community hotspot. There are a variety of amenities and resources, as well as a few trails that crisscross the fields.
4) Beacon Hill Park — daily 24 hours
While most of the park is not off-leash, we felt compelled to include Beacon Hill as it is one of the most iconic and visited parks in Victoria. The off-leash area is located between Dallas Road and the pathway, from Douglas Street to Clover Point. This elegant, 200-acre Victorian park is well landscaped with trees, gardens, ponds, peacocks, and even has a bandshell. Beacon is a pleasure to walk through, and we highly recommend a visit!
5) Clover Point Park — daily 24 hours
With quite an apt name, Clover Point is located along Dallas Road, pushing out into the water with unobstructed views over the water. While the point itself it small, the park spreads out on the west side into a long stretch, allowing your pups to dash along at full speed!
6) Gonzales Beach — daily 24 hours (Sept. 1st – May. 31st)
Moving right along from Clover Point is Gonzales Bay, whose beach is a perfect place to take your dog for a quick dip. The narrow opening of the bay enables the water to be fairly calm throughout the year, and low tide almost doubles the size of the beach!
7) Oswald Park — daily 6 AM – 10 PM
Like Alexander Park, Oswald is another small neighbourhood location. On the crossroads of Cedar Hill Road & Gosworth Road, Oswald offers a fun play area for the local residents. and has a wood chip covered playground for the non-furry types.
8) Pemberton Park — 6 AM – 10 PM
Fundamentally a large, flat, grassy field, Pemberton offers ample room to move with your dog. Big skies and open air is good for anyone, including your four-legged companion. Easy park to play fetch or other ball sports with your dog, located at Richards Street & Gonzales Avenue.
9) Redfern Park — daily 6 AM – 10 AM & 4 PM – 10 PM
Just uphill from Pemberton is Redfern Park, at Leighton Road. Another neighbourhood hotspot, Redfern offers a small, fenced in area to talk your dog out for a stroll. Also sports some fun stairs for that extra cardio training! Or for sitting, whichever works for you.
10) Songhees Hilltop Park — daily 6 AM – 10 PM
Located right across the water from the Fisherman’s Wharf. Hilltop Park is on Kimta Road. The park offers pleasant water views, and is a stones throw away from West Park, and a short walk from Banfield. A quick drive over either bridge will enable you to do take your dog through the trifecta.
11) Topaz Sportsfield — week & weekend hours
- Monday to Friday 6 AM – 10 AM & 4 PM – 10 PM
- Saturday to Sunday 6 AM – 8 AM & 5 PM – 10 PM
Topaz is a large open field where you may have been for a recent festival or community event, as the space is commonly booked. When not in use however, the field offers plenty of space to run around and explore – just make sure to avoid the baseball diamond if its in use! If the field is full, just cross the street and enter the Alternate Field.
12) Topaz Alternate Field — daily 6 AM – 10 PM
The go-to if the larger Topaz park is being used, the Alternate Field is located just south of the SJ Willis Educational Centre. A standard size sports field, but conveniently located and an easy go-to when the pup is feeling a tad too energetic.
13) Victoria West Park — daily 6 AM – 10 PM
The last off-leash Victoria dog park is West Park, located on Esquimalt Road, and right by the community centre. The park has a nice balance of trees and open grass areas, as well as a small playground to entertain the little humans if need be.
We hope you have found our list of Victoria Dog Parks useful! The locations above are all the places where the city allows your pup to roam off-leash. Having ample time to run and play is essential for your dog’s health and happiness, so make sure to get them out there. It’ll be a walk in the park! Much love,
– The GoFetch Team
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