Toronto renters with pets: Here’s your ultimate guide to off-leash dog parks in Toronto

Toronto is, arguably, a great place to live with Sparky, Spot, Fido or Princess. But the whole apartment living situation can be hard on your pup, especially if he or she is stuck inside all day while you’re at work. Help Rover blow off some steam and release some of the pent-up jellybeans at one (or all!) of the city’s off-leash dog parks.

Many of these parks are fenced off, which is perfect for letting the pooch run free without worrying about traffic. Some, but not all, are accessible to commercial dog-walkers, so for more info on which ones are and which aren’t, check the City of Toronto’s website for all the nitty-gritty.

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=5a81dada600f0410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

The parks marked with O are open around the clock, the P indicates there’s parking nearby, and the F means fenced.

Toronto

Allan Gardens 160 Gerrard St. E – O, F

Barbara Hall Park 519 Church St. ­– F

Bickford Park 400 Grace St.

Cassels Avenue Playground 69 Cassels Ave.

Cedarvale Park 1611 Bathurst St. ­– F

Cherry Beach foot of Cherry Street ­– F

Clarence Square 25 Clarence Sq. ­– F

Coronation Park 711 Lake Shore Blvd. W ­– F

Craigleigh Gardens 160 South Dr.

David Crombie Park 131 to 171 The Esplanade

Don Valley Brick Works 550 Bayview Ave. – O, P, F

Gerrard Carlaw Parkette 855 Gerrard St. E ­– F

Greenwood Park 150 Greenwood Ave. ­– F

Hideaway Park 23 Audley Ave. ­– F

Hillcrest Park 950 Davenport Rd.

Kew Gardens 2075 Queen St. E – F, O

Merrill Bridge Road Park 1 East Lynn Ave.

Monarch Park 115 Hanson St.

Norwood Park 16 Norwood Rd. ­– F

Oakcrest Park 30 Oakcrest Ave.

Orphan’s Greenspace 51 Power St.

Park Drive Reservation Lands 200 Park Dr.

Ramsden Park 215 Avenue Rd.

Riverdale Park East 550 Broadview Ave.

Riverdale Park West 375 Sumach St.

Silver Birch Park From the foot of Silverbirch Ave. to the foot of Nursewood Rd.

Sir Winston Churchill Park 301 St. Clair Ave. W. – O, F

Sorauren Avenue Park 289 Sorauren Ave. ­– F

South Stanley Park 845 King St. W  ­– F

Stan Wadlow Park 888 Cosburn Ave. ­– F

St. Andrew’s Playground 450 Adelaide St. W ­– F

Thompson Street Parkette 120 Broadview Ave. ­– F

Trinity Bellwoods Park 790 Queen St. W – O

Vermont Square 819 Palmerston Ave.

Wildwood Crescent Playground 110 Wildwood Cres. ­– F

Withrow Park 725 Logan Ave. ­– F

Wychwood Car Barns Park 575 Christie St. – F

 

North York

Bayview Arena Park 3230 Bayview Ave. – F

Earl Bales Park 4169 Bathurst St. ­– F

G. Ross Lord Park 4801 Dufferin St. ­– F

Linkwood and Spanbridge Park 400 Linkwood Lane ­– F

Sherwood Park 190 Sherwood Ave. ­– F

Sunnybrook Park ­– F, P, O

Woburn Park East of Bathurst off of Cranbrooke Dr. ­– F

Yonge and York Mills 4070 Yonge St.

 

Etobicoke/York

Beresford Park 400 Beresford Ave.

Colonel Sam Smith Park 1 Colonel Sam Smith Park Dr

Don Russell Memorial Park Birmingham St. at Faustina Dr.

Earlscourt Park 1200 Lansdowne Ave. ­– F

High Park 1873 Bloor St. W – O, P, F

Humber Bay Park West 2225 Lake Shore Blvd. W ­– F

King’s Mill Park 105 Riverwood Pkwy.

Marie Curtis Park 2 Forty Second St. ­– F

Sir Casimir Gzowski Park 2001 Lakeshore Blvd. W ­– F

 

Scarborough

Botany Hill Park 277 Orton Park Rd. ­– F

Colonel Danforth Park 130 Old Kingston Rd. ­– F

Frank Faubert Wood Lot (Hand of God Park) 185 Borough Dr. ­– F

L’Amoreaux 1900 McNicoll Ave. ­– F

Scarborough Heights Park 27 Fishleigh Dr. ­– F

Thomson Memorial Park 1005 Brimley Ave. ­– F

Warden Woods Park Pharmacy Ave. ­– F

Erin Cardone

Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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