According to the 2012 Citizen Survey, 38 per cent of Kelowna households own at least one dog. The Regional District of the Central Okanagan states that there are 14,101 licensed dogs in Kelowna.
Dog park public engagement
We underwent a public consultation process to inform a long-term dog park management plan. Learn more.
Dogs in parks
Majority of Kelowna's parks allow dogs on-leash. 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 - if they poop, you must scoop! This helps ensure everyone can enjoy Kelowna's public spaces.
Parks that do not allow dogs on-leash are too small and too close to playgrounds, or environmentally sensitive areas.
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.
The 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.
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
- Owners/handlers must pick-up after their dog(s). If they poop, you must scoop!
- 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 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 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 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.
Call the RDCO 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 . Fines vary for each infraction.
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 ; owners will also receive My Dog Matters Rewards Program card.
The Kelowna Dog Association is 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 Park Services if you would like to make a contribution or have any questions about the dog parks.