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A while back we announced the release of the amazing Ottawa Dog Park Finder which is a listing of all of the dog parks in Ottawa derived from a listing from the City.

One downfall of this is that unless the city lists it in its notes, there is no way to search by parks that are fenced in, so I thought I would pose the question to my lovely and awesome readers.

Do you know of any dog parks that are fenced in?
You can just leave the name of the park as we will be able to search for it in the Ottawa Dog Park Finder.

As we compile a list, I will look into how we can use this info for the next version of Parkfinder so we can make it better!


37 Comments

  1. Sarah says:

    It would be fantastic to know of a completely fenced in park. Jorja’s recall is not 100% and I would love to have her offleash and work with her in a natural setting and peace of mind.

  2. Brandon says:

    i agree i own 2 beagles and despite their recall being pretty good when they catch a scent it doesn;’t matter how much i call them back… so a fenced in dog park near hintonburg would be wonderfull if anyone knows of one.

  3. Tanya says:

    There is a dog park (fully fenced) behind Jack Purcell Community Center (near Elgin/Frank streets).

    Also at Landsdowns (off Queen Elizabeth Drive)where the baseball parks are but I assume this will be lost with the new project though.

  4. Matt Rose says:

    Chiming in late here, but…

    1. Thanks to the great Save Sylvia Holden Park group, the entire Lansdowne dog park, including all the fences, should be saved.

    2. The OCDSB is working on putting in a fenced dog park at the graffiti wall near the old Ottawa Tech HS.

  5. chelsea says:

    I have a question about “dog park etiquette.” We have two 5 month old puppies that are full of energy. We want to take them to a fenced-in dog park so that we can teach them to play fetch (it’s difficult to do inside, or outside when they’re on leash!) and let them run around and burn off some energy.
    They are very friendly, but not yet fully trained to come when called and such.
    Is it too soon to let them off leash when other dogs will be around? Will other owners get angry?
    Obviously we’ll be watching them very closely and won’t let them aggravate other dogs, but even so, I don’t want to get yelled at by owners with perfectly trained dogs! :)

  6. Liz says:

    @chelsea – personally i think that’s fine. Dogs at dog parks run around and play with each other anyways so I wouldn’t worry about it. As long as you are at a designated off-leash park, I think that’s a great idea!

  7. Meaghan says:

    I would love for them to build a fenced dog park in Hintonburg/Westboro… we’re moving there in a few months with our Great Dane and we’ll definitely want a place for him to run around!

  8. Sparky451 says:

    In July 2010, Matt Rose noted:
    “2. The OCDSB is working on putting in a fenced dog park at the graffiti wall near the old Ottawa Tech HS.”

    Does anyone have an update on this? I wandered past this week with my small but active westie and found a big “no dogs” logo on the fence. And it would be a perfect west Centretown fenced dog park.

  9. sammy says:

    What about the peice of land at the corner of bronson and gladstone. It’s fully fenced in and hasn’t been built on for years. Any chance of a dog park there?

  10. Amy says:

    I would like to know the same. I am looking to move to Ottawa and I would love to live within walking distance of a dog park (in Montreal it is a 10 minute walk to my fenced dog park). Any suggestions?

  11. Emmy says:

    I’m looking for a fully fenced off leash dog park in the west end. I live close to Bruce pit but my dog is still very young and doesn’t come to me if there are other dogs around. If anyone knows of any in the west, please e-mail me and let me know.
    Thank you

  12. Kevin says:

    Hey,

    Hi my girlfriend helps out friends and takes many dogs at once which are fully under her control at all times and trained. She recently received warning from NCC because she has more than two dogs. What I don’t understand is that she has full control over 4 dogs or sometimes 5 and is not allowed to bring them to Bruce’s Pit. Yet some people have one dog with no control running people down and attacking other people but this is allowed. I need to find out where she could go where it is fenced in and pet friendly in the west end. I would love to help her out, she is a great person and helps out a lot of families. Does anyone know where she could go, if so can you please email me as soon as possible at kmacpherson@ottawacitizen.com

    Thank you so much
    Kevin

  13. rebecca carter (ryder) says:

    hi we are moving to cooper /kent and are looking for good off leash park in that area
    have no car so must be in walking or biking distance if anyone knows of a good spot
    that we wouldn’t it trouble off leash please please email me thanks for ryder stir crazy pouch and my best friend

  14. Nadia says:

    Rebecca, your closest park would be on Frank at Elgin yet, from personal experience, I would not suggest that park. I’ve had several run ins with extremely rude people whom have aggressive/ poorly trained dogs. I was the proud foster mommy of an amazingly friendly pit bull rescue and got nothing but threats and unfriendly comments from several of the regular “dog lovers” (I call them racists) there. I would fully recommend the extra 20 minute walk to Landsdowne as everyone there has always been very welcoming and warm to all breeds.

  15. Jill says:

    I just moved downtown and I am wondering what the closest fenced in dog park would be in my area…Cumberland and Rideau street area. Thank you!

  16. Desiree says:

    Hello, I am looking for a fenced in dog park in the area of Rockland or Orleans. I just moved to Clumberland and I am looking for a place I can let my husky run around and play without worrying that she will take off, she does when she gets excited.

    Please let me known.

  17. Alison says:

    I would love a completely fenced dog park near the Monfort Hospital as there a lot of us with dogs using almost anywhere to walk our dogs but can not let them RUN

  18. Megan says:

    Hi there,

    @Nadia – any success bringing your foster pit bulls to places in the nepean/west end areas? We are in the same situation and having a tough time finding places!!

    If anyone else has recommendations I would love to hear them too!

    Thanks!

  19. Michelle says:

    Hey guys! Was wondering if there is any fenced in areas in the Westboro area. I’m on Kirkwood Ave. I tried looking for the park at Landsdown but can’t find it. Anyone have better directions to get there? Hoping it still exsists lol thanks everyone! :)

  20. Kelli says:

    @ Michelle

    If you check it out on Google maps, it’s north east of where Aberdeen pavilion is now. It’s south of the two baseball diamonds.

    Driving: go south on Queen Elizabeth Dr. Entrance to the park is on the right, just after 5th Ave. There’s parking and the south entrance to the dog park on the right. Note – this gate might only be open for another month or so, according to some construction guy someone talked to!

    Walking: will depend on where you’re coming from, but if you check it out on a map, you want to end up at the corner of O’Connor and Holmwood. Continue east along the cage for the baseball/softball diamond, and you’ll come to the west entrance to the dog park.

    Also near Westboro – Lemieux Island is mostly gated, it’s not gated towards the parking lot but it’s relatively large area so dogs tend to stay towards the water. Also because it’s on the island there’s very limited traffic if your dog does head towards the parking lot – the only other thing on the island is the water treatment plant. Just Google directions for Lemieux island. Another dog owner mention Laroche park, which looked to be mostly gated and dogs are allowed off leash. There’s often baseball going on there though I think.

  21. jennifer says:

    Does anyone know of an east end area that is fenced in for dogs?

  22. April says:

    a little update on the techwall:
    The Techwall dogpark is currently owned by the tech school (who apparently does not actually really want dogs there) and not the city. currently things seem to be at an understanding between dog owners and the school though….
    Currently the park is mostly fenced with an opening near the slater street bus stop. Someone has attached a makeshift gate (made from part of an old bicycle rack – gotta love ingenuity and improvisation! :P ) to help keep the dogs in, (the tech school shows no interest in properly fencing the gate, but they have not made any effort to remove the improvised one, either…
    but it is only 2 feet high or so, and so not much of a deterrent for a dog with a high chase / “gotta tour!” drive. Most of the dogs tend to stay in the middle of the park though.
    The couple of times we were there, the people were very friendly, but some of the regular dogs tended to play pretty rough, with little intervention from their people when things escalated to a point where i would have expected to intervene. To be fair, a lot of these guys play together regularly and are familiar with that kind of play, but it might not be ideal or a little overwhelming for a dog with a softer or shy personality.
    Techwall park is very clean though, and the owners seem to be diligent about picking up after their pets.

    Lemieux island is fabulous – i have only been there once but it was a very good experience. Our dog is deaf (AND tends towards car chasing – not a great combination lol ) so finding a place thats relatively secure is an ongoing mission for us. Lemieux island was pretty perfect! nice location, friendly folks, good dogs, very clean and while our guy did wander off to the edges of the bushes once of twice, he also came back to the central area near the water where all the other dogs were playing without intervention. You could definitely bring a chair, a coffee, a good book and hang out here for a whole afternoon while your dog tires himself out in good company. :)

    aaand have to say that i love the dog park finder!
    adding more ways to rate (like separating out fencing from appearance and greenery would be a great feature for the next version!)
    It would be cool to be able to add locations too! or have a venue filter so you could add cafes and pet stores to the map
    looking forward to a mobile version too!

    Thanks so much!
    April

  23. Tammy says:

    I recently moved to Riverside South from the Rockliffe Park area (great off leash parks), and there was supposed to be new dog park unveiled in the winter of 2011. When I looked for it, there was just a bunch of new houses being built. I have two huskies and they don’t travel well. Has anyone heard of an off leash dog park in the Riverside South area?

  24. Shirley Lussier says:

    Have all pet owners fallen asleep in Ottawa or do we all need a wake up call. As pet owners we provide employment for Vets, dog walkers etc., we also supply all pet store owners, groomers etc., to live a very comfortable life due to our love for animals. Yet we pay enormous prices for Vet visits, food and the prices keep going up not down. Without us these individuals would not exist and I find it very difficult to understand why in Ottawa are we not making a difference, get a petition going for a piece of land such as on Bayswater where the City of Ottawa buildings are sitting empty and the land is not being used. Contact Katherine Hobbs our Hintonburg councellor or Mayor Watson and complain. I would gladly volunteer my services to make changes happen to all pet owners.

  25. Krista Dunlop says:

    I am a snow bird and head to Clearwater, Florida every winter. Yes … Ottawa is so behind the times when it comes to fenced-in dog parks. Here in Clearwater there are several and each divided according to different size dogs. The dog parks are all beautifully landscaped with benches to sit on … water fountains are available … and their is also an area to bring plastic bags to pick up any doggie do-do’s.

    If there is a group/committee willing to fight for Ottawa to get some fenced-in dog parks, I would like to volunteer to work with this group for sure. Ottawa is such a beautiful city … but so behind when it comes to understanding the importance animals play in family lives.

  26. Shirley Lussier says:

    Hi Krista,
    I agree with you, Ottawa is behind and we need to get a group/committee together for fenced-in dog parks. Bayview in Hintonburg would be an area that could be used for a fenced in dog park. The buildings and land are sitting empty.

  27. Erika M says:

    I will be moving to the east end in the Elmvale area, Canterbury Avenue to be more percise. I used to take my husky to Bruce Pit because I lived in the west end but thats too much of a commute now. Is there any good fenced in dog parks around Canterbury Ave that I can take my little bundle of energy?

  28. Brittany says:

    Hi,
    I have a Malamute a little over a year old. I’m also looking for a fully fenced Dog park or just a fenced area for him to blow off some steam. Like most malamutes he is obedient but if he sees any squirrels, or rabbits; he’s gone like the wind and good luck getting him back, therefore untrustworthy for an open field unfortunatley. If anyone knows of ANYTHING either in the Riverside area or Orleans (were there often) Please email me at b.mcdougall@hotmail.com
    Thanks!

  29. Isabelle says:

    Also looking for a fully fenced dog park. Kinda appalled that this information is not made readily available by the city already… Any locations near downtown would work.

    Thanks!

  30. Vicki Florio says:

    Hi everyone!
    I would be more than happy to be part of a committee to get more fenced in dog parks in Ottawa. They have tons in the GTA, we really need more in the Ottawa area.
    I’ll start looking into this and keep everyone posted :)
    Cheers,
    Vicki

  31. Heather Dufault says:

    I too would be happy to help however possible to advocate for more fenced dog parks (I had in the past written to my city councillor about this). And, it’s not yet been mentioned here, but there is a new, albeit rather smallish fenced dogpark in Evergreen Park, which is a small park at the south end of Denison Crescent, which is one block west of Broadview Avenue, south of Carling Ave. It would be a good park for smaller dogs, especially.

  32. Lees J says:

    There is a dog park on Slater Street at Bronson. The entrance gate has been taken which makes the park basically unusable. It is on a busy bus route so having no gate is way dangerous. I am trying to find out who is responsible for the upkeep of this park and who should be replacing the gate. If anyone knows who should be contacted I would appreciate the information. Hardly anyone goes there with their dogs anymore which is a shame, including us, it is just too dangerous. It is a lovely place. It is where the only free grafitty wall is. Thanks

  33. Vas says:

    Hey guys,
    I just moved to the area from Toronto. I live south west of Ottawa, looking for a small fenced in dog park in the west end. I have a 2 year old husky that needs to burn off lots of energy and going to the park is the best solution. We have lots of fenced park in Toronto and hopefully there are some here as well. Thanks in advance

  34. Maureen says:

    Hi there, after reading all of the comments, I’m still not sure where to find a fenced in dog park in the Ottawa area. I can’t tell if any are fenced in on the dog park finder (am I missing something?). We have a newly adopted one year old husky and we can’t risk taking her off the leash at this point. We are in the Woodroofe/Hunt Club area if anyone has any suggestions. Many thanks, M

  35. Liz says:

    Unfortunately Maureen, there are not any fully fenced dog parks in Ottawa. Bruce Pit has a flimsy one, but the dogs can definitely get out through it and along several places.

    Best keep your pup on leash until you have a stronger recall with them.

  36. Caroline says:

    I have a beagle lab mix and while his recall is normally fantastic I almost lost him today at Heritage park in Orleans when he caught a sent and went running towards the road. This is a wonderful large park and it is deemed an off-leash park by the city (there are signs for it) but there is no fence! This is right night to Orleans Blvd where the speed limit it 60km/h but people definitely do close to 75 given the right time of day. After nearly watching my dog get run over I am even more motivated to try and get a fence built around this park and to get more off leash parks in Ottawa. Any ideas how to go about doing this? I saw earlier talks about a petition, has this gone anywhere? We might be more successful if we target a few specific locations, for instance one east, one west and one central to begin with.

  37. Caroline says:

    ^scent, not sent above. Silly spelling mistake but that was driving me nuts.


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