Tuesday May 24th 2016

The Best Dog Parks in the Fraser Valley

B May 54

Living in B.C. with an abundance of trails, mountains and stunning bodies of water, it’s almost second nature for us to come up with outdoor spaces to hike and romp to our heart’s content. But more often than not, these beautiful spots have solid on-leash rules in place for our resident fur-babies, making it tough for these four legged friends to roam free and socialize as much as they would like.

Fortunately, with there being over 100,000 dogs in Vancouver alone, most of B.C.’s larger municipalities have been working hard to create substantial dog parks for big and little dogs alike. From Surrey to Chilliwack, there are plenty of decent off-leash dog parks that you can take Fido to, with 4 being in Abbotsford’s municipal park system alone. Are you looking for your pup’s next big adventure? Try out one of the great parks listed below!

ABBOTSFORD

Dog in Abbotsford Dog Park

Gladwin Park

This small park sits right next to Abbotsford Exhibition Park (AEP) and contains off-leash spaces for both big and little dogs. The park is looped by Discovery Trail, and only sees a the occasional bit of traffic when events are happening at the AEP. Be sure to stay up-to-date with ongoing park improvements by checking in with the Gladwin Road & Clearbrook Off Leash Dog Parks Facebook page.

Location: Gladwin Rd. at Old Riverside Road
Separate Small Dog & Big Dog Areas: Yes
Poop Bags: Yes
Fenced In: Yes

Bateman Park / Stoney Creek

This nice off-leash area includes a salmon creek and a large field. The off-leash area is just East of the sports fields.

Location: 34638 Bateman Rd
Separate Small Dog & Big Dog Areas: Yes
Poop Bags: Yes
Fenced In: Yes

McKay Creek Park / Sumas Dyke

The trails running along the dykes on either side of the Sumas Canal are designated off-leash dog areas.

Location: North Parallel at Atkinson
Separate Small Dog & Big Dog Areas: No
Poop Bags: Yes
Fenced In: No

Clearbrook Park

A fairly large and fenced dog off-leash park, this space is mainly an open field for the dogs to run about, with a walking trail around the perimeter. Be sure to stay up-to-date with ongoing park improvements by checking in with the Gladwin Road & Clearbrook Off Leash Dog Parks Facebook page.

Location: Just off of Downes Rd., East of Clearbrook Rd.
Separate Small Dog & Big Dog Areas: Yes
Poop Bags: Yes
Fenced In: Yes

CHILLIWACK

People on Cultus Lake Dog Park Beach

Cultus Lake Dog Park

An off-leash dog area with a doggie swimming available. There are beach areas set aside at the Shale Beach area between the Jade Bay boat launch and the Entrance Bay day-use, as well as in the Shale Beach area between the Maple Bay boat launch and the Maple Bay day-use.

Location: 2550 Columbia Valley Rd, Cultus Lake, BC
Separate Small Dog & Big Dog Areas: No
Poop Bags: Yes
Fenced In: No

LANGLEY

Man walking dog at Derby Reach
Photo Credit: Tourism Langley

Aldergrove Lake Regional Park

This is a beautiful regional park with numerous trails (on-leash only), and a fenced in dog park complete with picnic tables.

Location: Lefeuvre Road and 8th Avenue
Separate Small Dog & Big Dog Areas: Yes
Poop Bags: Yes
Fenced In: Yes

Derby Reach

This fantastic dog park has been expanded and improved upon over the last year and now includes both a big dog and a small dog area, as well as a small beach spot for the dogs to swimming. An additional fenced-in area includes a walking path around its perimeter, allowing you to get your exercise in while your dog messes around. During the Spring and Summer months this riverside dog park is so popular, your pup will have no problem finding a new friend to play with. This off-leash dog park has the added bonus of being in close proximity to many of Fort Langley’s beautiful, walking trails.

Location: Off Allard Crescent – Watch for park signs and pull into the Derby Reach day use area to park.
Separate Small Dog & Big Dog Areas: Yes
Poop Bags: Yes
Fenced In: Yes

Brookswood Dog Park

This off-leash dog park currently has the most open space out of all of Langley’s dog parks and has undergone many improvements over the last few years. A very popular park with both the locals and those from afar, this great doggie space comes complete with wheelchair access, bathroom facilities, a walking track for humans, a bulletin board and running water to hose down your pup on those especially muddy days.

Location: 206th St. Near 44th Ave
Separate Small Dog & Big Dog Areas: Yes
Poop Bags: Yes
Fenced In: Yes

SURREY

Small Dogs at Surrey Dog Park

Clayton Off-Leash Dog Park

The first dog park in Surrey to be fully fenced with separate big and small dog areas, this off-leash dog park has a total enclosed area of 3 acres and includes grass fields, forest and bushes, as well as paved perimeter paths. Both the small and big dog areas are wheelchair accessible, with benches and even water stations to make sure your pup gets fresh water after all of that running around.

Location: 7811-188th St
, with parking available from 188th Street
Separate Small Dog & Big Dog Areas: Yes
Poop Bags: Yes
Fenced In: Yes

DAY-TRIP WORTHY

Man Walking along Spanish Banks - Destination BC
Photo Credit: Destination BC

Spanish Banks Beach

If you’re feeling like a day trip is in order and you want to bring your pup along for the ride, try Spanish Banks. This popular beach has a wonderful off-leash dog area with both green space and a stretch of beach for dogs to splash around in. Dogs are allowed off-leash between 6:00am and 10:00pm and this part of the beach (Spanish Banks West) is a designated quiet area. If you plan to stick around for the day, bring your portable BBQ, as barbecues are permitted and there are a number of picnic benches situated throughout. This beach is also within close proximity to UBC’s Pacific Spirit Regional Park, which provides both leash-required and leash-optional trails throughout its 73 km network.

Location: Northwest Marine Dr west of Tolmie St, Vancouver, BC
Separate Small Dog & Big Dog Areas: No
Poop Bags: Yes
Fenced In: No

SOMETHING DIFFERENT 

Indoor Pool For Dogs

Did you know that Abbotsford is home to the Lower Mainland’s original indoor pool for dogs and cats?? During our research we came across this little gem and couldn’t be more excited to take our own pups there for a swim! K9H20 provides a secluded and welcoming environment with an 80,000 liter sanitized warm water pool for your dog or other companion animal. In addition to dogs, K9H20 has also swam a miniature horse, a fawn, a skunk, a swan, ferrets, hedgehogs, guinea pigs, a lamb, a goat, 3 cats and many more! The natural buoyancy of the water greatly reduces stress on bones and joints, making it the ideal watering hole for your older or injured animal. All swims are by appointment only.

Location: 3493 Okanagan Drive, Abbotsford, BC

REMEMBER  YOUR PETIQUETTE

small dogs in car

  • Please obey all park rules and relevant parking requirements. You are personally liable for any damage or injury inflicted by your dog, and your dog must be under your control and within site at all times.
  • Dogs must hold a valid license.
  • Properly clean-up and dispose of your dog’s feces, and ensure you have a leash with you for each dog.
  • Animal Control fines can range between $250 and $2000 and are actively issued throughout all Municipalities.

We’re always on the hunt for new and improved places for our pups to roam. Tell us, what are some of your favourite dog parks?

 

Want to know more about Fraser Valley living? Contact us at our Residences Home Store today.

Explore the residences in 360