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, we request that dogs be kept on the sidewalk or trails. Dogs must be in the control of their owners 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 9 provincial or regional parks in Kelowna (709 ha). There is a total of over 1,400 ha of public green space that allows dogs.
Please see the Park Map Viewer and the Dog Park Brochure for Kelowna's list of current dog parks.
Recent Dog Parks
Kelowna's latest off-leash dog parks, approved by City Council on February 2, 2009 include Duggan Park (Small dogs only) and Rutland Recreation Park. Please note that Rutland Recreation Park is temporary as the space may be required for future park expansion.
In 2008, City Council approved a number of additional dog parks including Davie, Harris, Still Pond, Providence, Jewel, McCarren, Tulameen, Carney, Blair Pond, Cameron, Harvard Road Linear, Canyon Falls and Sunset Drive Parks.
The City has also extended the off-leash dog park trial at Knox Mountain Park. The entire off-leash area has been fenced to address concerns about the steep embankment. To address pedestrian safety concerns, speed bumps were installed adjacent to the off-leash area and the grass shoulder is regularly maintained between the off-leash area and Knox Mountain Drive.
The Central Green development site (Old KSS site) located at Richter Street and Harvey Avenue has also been operating as a successful off-leash dog park trial.
Based on public input and the potential environmental impact, the City did not move forward with an Off-Leash park trial at Kinsmen Park. However, City Council directed staff to continue working with the Dog Advisory Committee to try and identify potential areas to provide water access for dogs
Let’s Work Together
Take a bag, leave a bag
Please remember that you are responsible for picking up after your dog. This includes bringing your own bags to dispose of your dog’s waste. You can always leave extra bags for other dog park users in the dispensers. This will help encourage everyone to pick up after their dog.
Signage, brochures, plastic bag dispensers and garbage bins must all be financed – we’re grateful for anything you may be able to contribute. Contact Parks at 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.
Kelowna Dog Association- A group of citizens working to make Kelowna a better place for dogs and their families.
Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) Dog Advisory Committee - Meetings of the Dog Advisory Committee are open to the public.
Rules and Responsibilities for dog and owners in city parks
- Owners/handlers must clean up after their dogs
- Leashes must not be longer than 2 m (6 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.
A maximum fine of $500 can be levied against any person not complying with these responsibilities. 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.)
Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) - RDCO Bylaws can be found here.