The City of Kelowna offers 85 parks, or 76% (702 ha) of the city's total green space, where dogs are permitted either on or off leash. In parks that permit dogs on-leash, dogs are to be kept on the sidewalk or trails. Owners must be in control of their dogs at all times, and owners are expected to clean up after their pets immediately. There are nine parks in Kelowna where dogs are allowed off-leash.
Dogs are also allowed in another nine provincial or regional parks in Kelowna (709 ha). There is more than 1,400 ha of public green space that allow dogs.
Please see the Park Map Viewer and the Dog Park Brochure for the most up-to-date list of on and off leash dog parks.
On Oct. 19, 2015, Council endorsed staff's proposal to undertake a public consultation process, which will
include a statistically valid survey. The statistically valid survey will be conducted early 2016, with other
resident engagement to follow. This process will inform a dog park management plan.
Report to Council, Oct. 19, 2015
Medical Health Officer Health Guidance Statement on: Park use by dogs
Let’s Work Together
Calling foul play on dog fouling
Please remember that you are responsible for picking up after your dog. Dog waste can remain on the ground for an extended period of time (up to one year, depending on the climate and conditions), and even after it's "disappeared," it doesn't mean it's gone. The waste contains bacteria, nitrogen and salts that don’t dissolve and have the potential to be harmful.
Majority of owners pick-up after their pets, but with the average dog creating 124 kg of waste per year, it only takes a handful to create a problem.
The City has installed signs at some parks reminding owners that: "if they poop, you must scoop."
You remember the leash, remember the bag!
Bringing your own bags to dispose of your dog’s waste is part of the responsibility of ownership. You can always leave extra bags for other dog park users in the "Take a Bag, Leave a Bag" dispensers. This will help encourage everyone to pick up after their dog.
Rules and Responsibilities for dog and owners in city parks
- Owners/handlers must clean up after their dogs
- Leashes must not be longer than two m (six ft.).
- Handlers must have possession of the dog leash at all times.
- Maximum of two dogs per handler.
- Handlers are responsible for any injuries caused by the dog(s) under their control.
- Handlers must ensure their dogs don’t bother other park users.
- Dogs on leash must stay at least 10 m. (30 ft.) away from playgrounds.
Off-leash dog park specific:
- Owners/handlers must clean up after their dogs.
- Users of the facility do so at their own risk. The City shall not be liable for any injury or damage caused by any dog in the off-leash area.
- The off-leash dog area is for dogs, their handlers and those accompanying them. No other use is allowed.
- Dogs must be under control of their handler and in view of their handler at all times.
- Dogs must be removed from the off-leash dog area at the first sign of aggression.
- All dogs must be legally licensed and shall wear a visible dog license.
- All dogs should be currently vaccinated.
- No animals other than dogs shall be permitted in the area.
- No dogs under 4 months of age.
- No female dogs in heat.
- Handlers must be 15 years of age or older.
- Children age 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the off-leash dog area.
- Dogs must be on a leash when entering and exiting the off-leash dog area.
Fines vary for each infraction.
Call Dog Control at 250-469-6284 or Bylaw Enforcement at 250-469-8686 to report infractions (it’s helpful to provide a vehicle license plate number).
City of Kelowna's Parks & Public Spaces bylaw and fine schedule
Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) Dog Control - RDCO Bylaws. Check out the RDCO's My Dog Matters Rewards Program.
Kelowna Dog Association- A group of citizens working to make Kelowna a better place for dogs and their families.
Signage, brochures, plastic bag dispensers and garbage bins must all be financed. Contact Parks at 250-469-8503 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to make a contribution or have any questions about the dog parks.
Parks Info Line