Dog parks

There are more than 16,000 licensed dogs in Kelowna according to the Regional District of Central OkanaganWith the majority of Kelowna's parks allowing dogs on-leash, there’s plenty of space for everyone’s pet. Parks that dont allow dogs on-leash are too small and too close to playgrounds, or in environmentally sensitive areas.  

It only takes a few simple steps to find a dog park near you: 

  • Check out our Beaches & parks map 
  • In the “Choices” drop down menuselect the type of park you’re looking for under “Dog status” 
  • Click “Apply” 
  • You can also "Search by park" and the park's dog status will be displayed in the description 
Rules for using dog parks

Following the rules when using dog parks will ensure that all park goers have an enjoyable experience, and dog owners avoid getting fined. In parks that permit dogs on-leash, dogs are to be kept on the sidewalk or trails (this is a regional bylaw)Owners must be in control of their dogs at all times and are expected to pick up after their pets immediately. 

Remember that all dogs in the Central Okanagan must be licensed as per the Regional District's Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw. For more information about dog licences, visit the Regional District's website; owners will also receive a My Dog Matters Rewards Program card.  

General rules & responsibilities
  • Owners/handlers must pick-up after their dogs. If they poop, you must scoop! 
  • Leashes must not be longer than two metres (six feet) 
  • Handlers must have possession of their dog leash at all times 
  • Maximum of two dogs per handler 
  • Handlers are responsible for any injuries caused by the dogs under their control 
  • Handlers must ensure their dogs don’t bother other park users  
  • Dogs on leash must stay at least 10m (30 ft.) away from playgrounds 
Cleaning up after you dog

Please remember that youre 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 has "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. 

The majority of owners pick up after their pets, but with the average dog creating 124 kilograms of waste per year, it only takes a handful to create a problem. 

Reporting infractions and dog control

Call the Regional District of Central Okanagan 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).  

Check out our Parks & Public Spaces bylaw and fine schedule. Fines vary for each infraction. 

Off-leash dog parks

Your four-legged friend can run free at several off-leash parks and beaches in Kelowna.  

Off-leash dog park locations
Off-leash dog park rules
  • Owners/handlers must pick -up after their dogs. If they poop, you must scoop! 
  • 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 always under control of their handler and in view of their handler 
  • 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 four 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 
More information on dog parks
2016 public consultation process

We launched a public consultation process in 2016 to inform a long-term dog park management plan. Data obtained from a statistically valid survey, online feedback and discovery sessions held at proposed locations provided insight regarding public opinion to inform decisions regarding off-leash and on-leash areas.

Kelowna Dog Association

For more information on dog parks in Kelowna, follow the Kelowna Dog Association on social media. The association consists of a group of citizens working to make Kelowna a better place for dogs and their families.  

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