Dogs in Parks

West Vancouver is a dog and dog owner's dream. There are trails, parks, seaside walks and lots of designated off-leash areas. Please follow the rules, and you'll get the most out of what this dog-friendly community has to offer. Take your canine buddy and start exploring!

Dogs on beaches

Dogs are not allowed on any West Vancouver beaches except where otherwise noted.

On-leash areas

Dogs are allowed on-leash in most areas of most parks, but not in playgrounds, beaches, sports fields and school fields. Please check all signage before entering any park.

Off-leash areas

Let your dog stretch its legs in one of 15 off-leash areas:

  1. Ambleside Park. The off-leash dog area is 3.52 hectares of grassy areas, trails and beach with access for dogs and their owners
  2. Ballantree Park* (see notice to the right)
  3. Benbow Park
  4. Seawalk, north of the fence (19th to 24th Streets only)*
  5. Clovelly Walk
  6. Cypress Falls Park
  7. Douglas Woodward Park
  8. Hay Park
  9. Klahanie Park (trails only)
  10. Lighthouse Park (trails only)
  11. Walking trails and fire access roads in the undeveloped lands above the highway (with exceptions; please see map)
  12. McKechnie Park
  13. Seaview Walk
  14. Westhill Park
  15. Whytecliff Park (east of Marine Drive)

Dogs are allowed off-leash on walking trails and fire access roads in undeveloped public lands above the Upper Levels Highway. Please:

  • do not trespass on private land
  • review all signage carefully
  • clean up after your dog

View Map (see page four)

Seawalk rules

Take your dog on a scenic waterfront stroll with a fenced trail to trot along! This off-leash dog path is available between 19th and 24th Streets. Remember to leash your dog before and after the path.

Prohibited Areas

Please remember dogs are not allowed on beaches, sports fields, school facilities, playgrounds and other municipal facilities.

Dog Waste Only Bins

Visitors to some parks throughout West Vancouver will notice bright red bins for “Dog Waste Only”. This is part of West Vancouver's effort to separate dog waste from regular park garbage by providing alternate disposal bins.

This program will be expanding over the next several years to areas that see the most dog use. Learn more:

Dog Waste Only bins


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Abbie's Guide

This booklet is a dog's guide to West Vancouver! It includes a map and lists of parks that your dog will love.

Abbie's Guide


Did you know that your dog requires a licence? Here's more information on fees and regulations.

Dog Licences

Your Responsibilities

Check out your responsibilities as a dog owner.



Ballantree Park is located near the upper British Properties.

A section of the trail that leads to the park is located on private property (see map).

The property owner has recently installed no trespassing signs.

The District is exploring options to address access to trails and parking adjacent to Ballantree Park.

Trail at Ballantree Park Map

Related Bylaws

Please review these canine-specific bylaws to best enjoy what this dog-friendly community has to offer.

Animal Control and Licence Bylaw