Your dog isn’t just a pet—they’re also a member of the family. That’s why most proud owners will go above and beyond for their canine companions. As an agent, I see it all the time. Dog parents are constantly asking about features and amenities that will boost their furry friend’s quality of life.
Home-buying wish lists include more backyard space, proximity to reputable vets, and (above all) nearby dog parks! Fortunately, there’s no shortage of green spaces that fit the bill here in Toronto’s west end.
If you’re looking for the ideal dog park, here are five in West Toronto that are well worth a visit…
1) Trinity Bellwoods
One of Toronto’s hippest neighbourhoods is also incredibly dog friendly. Pet supply stores like the Dog Bowl, along with top-notch groomers and vets, make the community a haven for pups and the people who love them. Of course, Trinity Bellwoods Park is the real draw. This 14.6-hectare green space has its very own off-leash area!
While it’s not fenced-in, the space known as the dog pit has a unique shape, enabling owners to watch their pets from an elevated perspective. A doggie water fountain and nearby public washrooms allow for extended play, while the cafes on Queen West will ensure your visit is as enjoyable for you as it is for Fido. I suggest grabbing a cappuccino from White Squirrel before heading to the park (you’ll thank me later).
2) Sorauren Park
It’s a community green space in every sense. Just off Roncy, you’ll find friendly Sorauren Park—and its many amenities. Residents of Roncesvalles, Parkdale, and Brockton Village frequent the park for its tennis courts, sports fields, bake oven, farmers market, and (of course) its off-leash area.
Completed in 2010, this fenced-in space is a secure place for pooches to play—plus it has special ground cover for little paws. In keeping with the park’s community feel, the non-profit that cares for it creates an ongoing youtube series known as “Dogs of Sorauren Park.” You can get a taste right here.
3) Earlscourt Park
If you’re looking to stay active and you live in or near the neighbourhood of Earlscourt, I know a local green space that’s a must-visit. This park is the site of a baseball diamond, soccer field, tennis and basketball courts, and lots of gorgeous greenery. Best of all (at least if you’re a dog owner), it has an enclosed space where your furry friend can get a ton of exercise—minus the leash.
Clean and well-maintained, this canine-friendly area is comparable in size to a football field. Inside, you’ll find water fountains to keep your pup cool. If they’re on the high-energy side, you can use the picnic table or benches to rest your legs while they play.
4) Vermont Square Park
If you’re a dog owner in the Annex or Seaton Village, this one’s for you. Vermont Square Park is known for its family-friendly features, which include bocce courts, a wading pool, a playground, and more. At the south end, you’ll also find an off-leash dog area.
The space is big enough for pooches to run around, which is a definite plus. It’s not fenced, though the recent addition of an “art bench” forms a barrier to help rein in enthusiastic dogs who might stray into the nearby children’s playground. Having said that, you should only bring your dog here if they respond well to commands.
5) High Park
I’ve saved the best for last! Toronto’s largest green space is known for its woodsy nature trails, serene gardens, zoo, and top-notch recreational facilities. But if you have a four-legged friend, your favourite thing in High Park is bound to be the extensive off-leash spaces.
For starters, there’s Dog Hill. This open area is ideal for social dogs—and the collection of tables and benches will make it comfortable for you, too. Then there’s the 8.5 acres of pup-friendly trail. Nestled in amongst lush parkland, this fenced-in pathway allows for no end of exploration. Simply put, this is the best place to exercise your lovable pooch in Toronto—so if you bring them for a visit, be sure to set aside plenty of time!