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 new 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 by clicking on the available links in the chart below. For situations in which a park is not listed, the park designations of the former municipality will apply until such time as the park is designated under the DIPDP.

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

Ward Neighbourhoods
Ward 1 (Orleans) Covent, Fallingbrook, Glen, Orleans Wood, Queenswood Heights, The Villages
Ward 2 (Innes) Blackburn Hamlet, Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill South, Orleans South
Ward 3 (Barrhaven) Cedarhill Estates, Jockvale, Longfields
Ward 4 (Kanata North) Beaverbrook, Kanata Lakes, Kanata North Business Park, Marchwood Lake Side, South March
Ward 5 (West Carleton-March) Antrim, Baskins Beach, Carp, Constance Bay, Corkery Woods, Culzean Heights, Deerwood Estates, Dirleton, Dunrobin, Fitzroy Harbour, Galetta Huntley Manor Estates, Kilmaurs, Kinburn, Maclarens Landing, Madawaska Marathon, Mohr Corners, Torwood Estates, Westmont Estates, Woodlawn
Ward 6 (Stittsville) Amberlakes, Amberwood, Bryanston Gate, Crossing Bridge, Cypress Garden, Deer Run, Echo-Woods, Fairwinds, Forest Creek, Fringewood, Fringewood North, Granite Ridge, Jackson Trails, Timbermere, Traditions, West Ridge, Wyldewood
Ward 7 (Bay) Bayshore, Belltown, Britannia Heights, Britannia Park, Bruce Farm, Carlingwood, Crystal Bay, Crystal Beach, Fairfield Heights, Glabar Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Heights, Queensway Terrace North, Rocky Point, Whitehaven, Woodpark, Woodroffe North
Ward 8 (College) Arbeatha Park, Bel Air Heights, Bel Air Park, Bellands, Bells Corners, Benson Park, Briargreen, Copeland Park, Crestview, Graham Qualicum, Leslie Park, Lynwood Village, McKellar Heights Park, Meadowlands, Parkway Park, Queensway Terrace South, Redwood, Ridgeview, Ryan Farm, St. Claire Gardens, Westcliffe Estates
Ward 9 (Knoxdale-Merivale) Arlington Woods, Ashdale, Borden Farm, Carleton Heights (Nepean), Coutry Place, Craig Henry, Fisher Glen, Fisher Heights, Grenfell Glen, Hillsdale, Manordale, Merivale Acres Industrial Park, Merivale Gardens, Merivale Industrial Area, Orchard Park, Parkwood Hills, Pineglen, Rideau Heights, Business Park, Sheahan Estates, Skyline, Tanglewood, Trend Village, Woodvale
Ward 10 (Gloucester-Southgate) Blossom Park, Cedardale, Elizabeth Park, Gloucester, Heron Gate, Hunt Club Park, Kemp Park, South Keys, Uplands, Windsor Park Village
Ward 11 (Beacon Hill-Cyville) Beacon Heights, Beacon Hill North, Beacon Hill South, Beaconwood, Cardinal Heights, Carson Grove, Castle Heights, Cyrville, Pineview, Queensway Industrial Park, Rothwell Heights
Ward 12 (Rideau-Vanier) Sandy Hill, Overbrook
Ward 13 (Rideau-Rockcliffe) New Edinburgh, Lindenlea, Manor Park, Alexander Park, Forbes
Ward 14 (Somerset) Lebreton Flats, Centretown
Ward 15 (Kitchissippi) Champlain Park, Civic Hospital, Hampton / Iona, Highland Park, Hintonburg, Laroche Park, McKellar Heights, McKellar Park, Tunney’s Pasture, West Wellington, Westboro, Westboro Beach
Ward 16 (River) Carlington, Central Park, Courtland Park, Rideauview, Confederation Heights, Riverside Park, Revelstoke, Hunt Club, Quiterra Riverwood
Ward 17 (Capital) Dow’s Lake, Glebe, Caleton University, Old Ottawa South, Heron Park North, Heron Park South, Ottawa East
Ward 18 (Alta Vista) Applewood Acres, Eastway Gardens, Elmvale Acres, Faircrest Heights, Guildwood Estates, Hawthorne Meadows, Industrial Park, Rideau Park, Ridgemont, Riverview Park, Sheffield Glen, Urbandale, Urbandale Acres
Ward 19 (Cumberland) Cumberland, Cumberland Estates, Notre-Dame Des Champs, Navan, Sarsfield, Leonard, Bearbrook, Carlsbad Springs, Vars
Ward 20 (Osgoode) Edwards, Greely, Metcalfe, Spring Hill, Kenmore, Vernon, Enniskerry, Osgoode, Rideau Forest
Ward 21(Rideau-Goulbourn) Manotick, Watterson Corners, Kars, Carsonby, North Gower, Becketts Landing, Burrit’s Rapids, Pierces Corners, Moores Corners, Baxters Corners Richmond, Munster Hamlet, Ashton
Ward 22(Gloucester-South Nepean) Rideau Glen, Davidson Heights, Riverside South, Stonebridge, Hearts Desire
Ward 23 (Kanata South) Terry Fox Business Park, Town Centre, Katimavik, Hazeldean, Glen Cairn Bridlewood