Dogs in parks

Parks can provide a pleasant and safe environment in which to exercise dogs. Safety for other park users is also a consideration however. The Animal Care and Control By-law provides for a variety of park usages or "designations" for dogs (below) and there is a Dogs-in-Parks Designation Policy (DIPDP) that applies.

  • Dogs Allowed: Dogs may be off leash
  • Dogs on Leash: Dogs are allowed but must be on leash at all times
  • No Dogs: Dogs are not permitted

Some parks may be subject to a mixed designation meaning that one part of the park may designate differently than another.

There are however standard rules that apply to all parks regardless of geographic location within the City of Ottawa. Dogs must always be under the control of their handler, even if a leash is not required. Signs are posted to inform the public of whether dogs are prohibited or if they must be leashed. Dogs are prohibited from being within five (5) meters of all children's play areas and pools.

In areas where the DIPDP and process has been completed, information about the designation of specific parks is provided in the interactive map and table below. The number of parks listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. You can also navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection, street segment or city facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Clicking on a park will display more information about that location.

For more information on this program, please call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).