This has been one hot summer in Edmonton, and we’ve barely gotten halfway past the mid mark!
Being dog lovers, we’ve been talking to other dog fans about the weather (how Canadian), and we all agree that there hasn’t been a better year for getting outdoors.
The Paranych Team thought it would be a great idea to share some of our favourite places in the city where you can take your pooch for a run, a walk, or even a swim—and beat the heat this summer.
Here’s a thought: The City of Edmonton has over 40 parks for people and dogs. If you want a great guide with tips to get you started, Edmonton’s Guide to Dog-friendly Parks is available here..
Also, since we share many of these spaces with cyclists, hikers and Edmonton families, it’s good to know the rules and responsibilities. An obedient, socialized, well-behaved dog is an amazing friend and will make you popular with dogs and people alike.
Here is our list of the Best Edmonton Dog Parks (off-leash parks as listed by area):
Northwest & West End
Buena Vista Great Meadow is not always easy to get to, simply because Google seems to get it wrong (making it even more of a secret off-leash area!). Buena Vista is accessible either by the Valley Zoo entrance or William Hawrelak Park. It’s got mixed use trails and open areas to suit all types, a definite favourite in Edmonton.
Callingwood is another popular park, but you should know that only the bushy trails are technically off-leash areas. The open areas are not off-leash. Head to 172 St. from 70 Ave. and onward.
Hermitage is a fantastic park area with multi-use shared spaces, brush, trails, a fishing pond and a picnic area. Found in the northeast heart of the river valley, there are even designated off-leash areas right along the river, safe for dogs to wade in. You can access it from 129 or 137 Ave.
Terwillegar Park is one of the best designed parks for mixed use trail and open off-leash area in Edmonton. The series of trials and brush will keep bigger dogs shaded from the sun while still allowing them to get exercise and social time. Access is available from Rabbit Hill Road, and it’s easy to find.
Jackie Parker Recreation Area is one of the top off-leash parks, but the truth is there are many to choose from in southeast Edmonton. In Jackie Parker, there are loads of narrow wooded trails for dogs and families to enjoy and downed trees to jump over and under—medium-sized dogs love this place. There is also a large open area dog run. You can access this park west of 50 St. not too far from the Mill Woods Golf Course.
We don’t want anyone to think that this is the definitive list for the best of Edmonton’s dog parks. These are just some of the areas we enjoy. But with over 40 parks to choose from, everyone will have their favourites, so it’s best to grab the City of Edmonton Dog Park Guide, if you want to see what else if out there. Why don’t you share your favourite spots? We’d love to hear what cool special off-leash areas might be out in River City. Let us know!
And if you need any help finding the right parks, schools or neighbourhoods in your search for the perfect Edmonton home, get in touch with us. We’d love to have a conversation.
The Terry Paranych Team