1 Cherry Street
If your pooch is part fish and has mastered the doggie paddle, the Cherry Beach off-leash dog park is must visit K9 hot-spot. Fully fenced in and surrounded by water, this park is a great place to spend a weekend afternoon with your furry friends. With a stunning views of the Toronto skyline and located in the Port Lands, this is accessible by TTC and has ample parking for those driving. With so few months to take advantage of great beach weather in Toronto, you can be sure that if we’re not at the cottage on summer weekends, Ruthless and I will be getting our tan on at Cherry Beach.
South of Queen St. E. between Waverley Rd. and Lee Ave.
If you’re an east-ender, another great summer spot to spend a weekend with Fido is the Kew Gardens dog park. Also known as the Beaches Park (or is it the Beach Park?), make a day of it with the family on the beach with a picnic and some volleyball and easily pop over to the off-leash area to meet other furry friends. Parking is available on neighbourhood streets near the beach or travel over on the Queen Street streetcar.
1873 Bloor St. W.
A must-see (and do) doggie destination is High Park’s off-leash K9 area. Amidst Toronto’s largest park, and surrounded by lush forest, dogs of all kinds roam freely on many dog friendly trails and in the off-leash area. With over 400 acres to explore, there is more than enough area to cover to make a full day excursion out of this fantastic and renowned park. Get there easily from anywhere in the city on the Bloor-Danforth subway line or visit by car and park within the park at designated parking lots.
790 Queen St. W.
Located in the trendy Queen West neighbourhood, Trinity Bellwoods is not only a hot-spot for local hipsters on weeknights and weekends drinking craft beer out of paper bags along the hillside, but it’s also a great spot to discover the coolest canines in town. The pit, or the “dog bowl” as it known by locals, is a great off-leash area for your trendy pooch to see and be seen. Hop on the Queen Street streetcar for easy access.
CLARENCE SQUARE PARK
Spadina Avenue & Clarence Square
For condo-dwellers hailing in the heart of the city, fear not! There is off-leash haven for your four-legged friends in the heart of the concrete jungle. Located on Spadina Avenue just north of Front Street West, Clarence Square Park has a large fenced in area complete with puppy water fountains great for hydrating your pooch on a hot summer day. Just minutes from the Gardiner Expressway and steps to King Street West, getting to and from this park is a walk in the park.
Lower Sherbourne Street & Queens Quay East
Okay, so not technically a “dog park” but this is a favourite weekend spot to relax and enjoy the Toronto waterfront. At the foot of Lower Sherbourne and Queens Quay East, located at the base on the stunning new Chorus Entertainment and George Brown College – Applied Arts & Tech buildings, lies a beautiful patch of grass surrounded by city-built water features and hardscaping. Bring a ball or a frisbee to toss for your pooch while you relax and enjoy a summer afternoon taking in views of our great waterfront.