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Cherry Hill is not a designated dog park but it’s a wonderful place to take a walk with your dog(s). It’s located near the Royal Botanical Gardens in east Hamilton off of Fairview Rd.
The parking lot is in good condition – you will need to pay for parking (in the summer only excluding weekdays? ..don’t take my word on this)
First of all: there are no plastic bags available and the only garbage bin is at the entrance so here is what you need to do: bring a couple of bags with you and leave it on the side of the road after you picked up the poop and pick it up on your way back unless you want to walk around with poop in your hand:)
There is a sort of steep winding road down to the lake (river?). During wintertime wear proper shoes otherwise only your dog will be able to come up the hill:) When you reach the lake you can go straight onto the boardwalk or turn right. The trail on your right loops back to the boardwalk (it takes approx 20-30 minutes to walk around).
The boardwalk is my favourite area here: you can observe ducks, frogs, swans and all kinds of other animals in and around the swampy lake and in the wintertime it is the perfect place to feed birds. Bring a bagful of sunflower seeds and birds will eat off your hand in no time. They are used to dogs even but make sure that your dog doesn’t try to catch them and the same goes for other animals: always make sure that you dog doesn’t bother wildlife. There are signs that ask you to keep your dogs on a leash because they scare animals. I think a well behaved dog doesn’t scare any animal any more than a deer running by so it all depends on your pooch.
You can easily spend a few hours here walking around on various trails – each are unique an beautiful for something else. Signage is not always in your face but that’s probably because it would be impossible to get lost.
Overall, a beautiful place, one of my favourite unofficial dog parks around. (After Mount Nemo).
Central Park is a typical city park surrounded by recreational facilities. It is not fenced in, but well maintained, has a baseball diamond, few soccer fields, a playground, even a maze.
Don’t let your dog off the leash unless you can reliably call him back any time a baby stroller approches or a bicyclist goes by. Some people tend to be
pretty uptight when your dog runs up to kids playing ball, sniffs around and rolls over for a some petting time. Read more about [dog haters].
On weekend afternoons you can meet many other dogs but beware of the city inspector who comes around every now and then and give you a fine if your pooch
is not leashed. Don’t give him a hard time, unless he really deserves it – he is just doing his job.
The park is clean, full of benched, trees and large open areas – perfect for picknics.
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Burlington Central HS is located on Victoria street off of Brant (across from the Acura dealership). Drive down Victoria and you’ll notice the sports field just past the school.
The sports field beside Burlington Central High School is a common meeting ground for neighborhood dogs and their owners. You can park your car at the school.
The sports field is mostly fenced in except for the entrance. Since it is a school sports field it is usually very clean. There are benches there to sit on and there is a track field so you can walk around or go for a jog while your dog sniffs around or plays. Make sure you clean up after your dog since this is school property and we don’t want to lose our privileges.
BCHS is in my neighborhood so I’m there often with my dog and we run into many furry friends. The highest traffic time is on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Make sure to bring your own poop bags and water. There is a garbage bin near the field entrance.
In addition, there is a small park beside the sports field where your dog can play as well but this part isn’t fenced in.
King Road, north of North Service Road View map »
About 1 km north of North Service Road. As you drive up the winding road the park entrance is on the left just before the sharp right turn. The park is behind the model airplane field.
Park update: I just re-visited the park and I have to say it is looking much nicer already under the management of Mr. Elliot. There are many more garbage bins, some specifically for cigarette buts, the fence is fixed, the grass is cut, dead trees have been removed along with many dangerous metal poles that supported the dead trees. The entryway is cleaner and there is an additional box for poop bags. I’m impressed. Come take a look yourself!
Here’s the old review:
Burlington’s only fenced in dog park looks like it has seen better times. Every time I take my dog there I wonder how a prosperous city like Burlington can neglect their only dog park so badly. There is an oversized parking lot but it looks like a battlefield. Deep holes and uneven terrain make getting to the park quite a nightmare after a little rain. The gates at the park entrance are hard to open/close and you will walk in 6 inches of mud at times.
There are lots of other places in and around Burlington where you and your dog will have more fun. There are hard-working, dedicated people who try to keep the park nice but the city could really help out. What’s a few thousand dollars to them?
The park itself is a medium sized square. There are no trees – the ones that got planted a while ago all died. The ground in general is not so bad, there is grass for the most part but it’s far from ideal. But people come here anyways – probably because this is the only designated dog park in the city.
The people are nice enough and I never had problems with the dogs. There are enough benches to sit down and stay for a while. There is even a rain shelter. Looks all beat up but the roof doesn’t leak. Poop bags are always available – yay!
Open all day. There is pretty much nothing around the park but there is a nice view to the Sky Bridge. What about membership? I saw a box that looked like it holds membership forms but I just don’t care because the place is not worth paying for. Come on City of Burlington! Give our only park a makeover! Maybe fence off part of Central Park?
In case you’re wondering, I live in Burlington so this (mostly negative) review is based on numerous visits to the park, if you don’t agree with the above please send in your comments.
Brockville, ON View map »
Sent in by Sandra: Behind the Centennial Youth Arena- which is just North of the 401 off Hwy 29. (follow the arena signs from Hwy 29). If anyone has an address please send it in.
There is a beautiful designated off-leash dog park in BROCKVILLE Ontario. It is It is fenced in, with a beautiful wooded area, and two large open spaces. There is a smaller puppy park, but my complaint is that there is minimal shade in the smaller puppy area… and it isn’t much larger than the average town back yard. The larger dog park is wonderful though, with a tap set up for water, and a poopie-bag dispenser at the gate.
Gilkison Street, just South of BSAR overpass View map »
On West side of Gilkinson Street, south of the Brantford Southern Access Road.
Sorry, no pictures for this park – it got dark by the time i got there and the pictures turned out to be very dark and useless.
It’s a new park with plenty of parking and the fencing is in very good condition. There is a giant message board by the entrance but what i missed was a container full of plastic bags. Also, the only garbage bin is outside the park so if your pooch poops in the far corner you have to carry the poop all the way back to the entrance, which is a big inconvenient but not a big problem.
There are many nice young trees inside the park and there is plenty of open green space for dogs to run around off leash.
Seems like that the park is bit far from everything unless you have a car (but don’t quote me on this because I’m not a Brantford resident and can’t accurately gauge distances).
One more thing: bring water – especially in the summer – because there is no access to water in or around the park.
Official website: http://www.brantford.ca/content/publishing.nsf/Content/PF-Dogford+Park
Brampton, ON L6T 0B3 View map »
Between The Goreway, The Gore, Queen and 407.
This is not an off-leash but a great secret park for dog walks. Parking is in the front entrance off of highway 50. There are some wild spots and some trails.
The signs posted around the park remind owners to keep their dog on a leash. I do I have seen folks not but in some of the wild spots I don’t want to lose doggy as he goes after a deer. (we saw one on a recent visit).
This is a great quiet place for a hike
Heart Lake Road / Bovaird View map »
Entrance if off of Heart Lake Road (to the west), follow the road into the parking lot. Dog park is right by the tennis courts.
No details yet…if you take a look at the map it seems like it’s a fair size park in a nice park with no high-traffic roads nearby in a residential area. If I lived in Brampton I’d definitely give it a try.
This is one of the three designated off leash parks operated by the city of Brampton.
McLaughlin Road North and Flowertown Ave View map »
Behind the Chris Gibson Recreation Centre. To get to the Off Leash Area, try to park at the east side parking lot.
No details yes:( If you get to it before I do please send in a review. Thanks.
Highway 410 and Williams Parkway View map »
Accessible from Williams Parkway East, park is on the North side just after you pass Hwy 410. Note: you can only enter the park travelling west on Williams Parkway.
The Bramalea Community “off leash” Park (BCP)has 2 areas – 1 for smaller dogs and 1 for larger dogs … like most parks, everyone seems to use the larger pen. The park is designed oddly on a hill. This causes obvious problems when the ground thaws or ir rains. Water and mud trough at the foot of the hill and elevated pavement and covered area where Tim Horton’s toting owners gather.
The off leash area isn’t bad … 3 stars. The best part of the BCP is non-off-leash area. There are many sports fields and a huge natural habitat re-growth area. After noticing many dogs and their owners walking the fence line that boarders the 410 Hwy side … I followed suit. While I don’t advocate breaking city ordenances … this walk is much better than the off-leash park. I have heard that city animal control sporadically patrols the park … I know of one owner who was given a polite warning. I’ve taken my dog along the warn fence-line path at least 20 times this summer and have have no issues … I trypcally go in off peak hours during the week and wekend. I don’t reccommend this walk while soccer and baseball season are in full swing … unless your dog is on a leash.
If you live in the Brampton area … it’s worth the visit.
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