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6 Amazing Off-Leash Dog Parks in Kitchener-Waterloo, ON You Can Visit in 2023

Kathryn Copeland

By Kathryn Copeland

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Taking your dog to an off-leash dog park is an excellent way to allow your dog to socialize and stretch their legs while burning off all that energy. But where should you go?

Kitchener is renowned for its famous annual Oktoberfest, and Waterloo is full of universities. Overall, it’s an appealing place to visit or live in.

So, here, we explore all the off-leash parks in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. This way, you won’t have to go too far to spend a day at the park with your dog.

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The 4 Off-Leash Dog Parks in Kitchener

1. McLennan Dog Park

🗺️ Address: 📍 1T4, McLennan Park Gate, Kitchener, ON, Canada
🕐 Open Times: All year
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: Yes
  • Medium-sized leash-free dog park is fenced and gated
  • 96-acre park with splash pad, play structure, toboggan hill, basketball courts, etc.
  • Benches are available, so you can relax while your dog romps
  • Many pedestrian paths throughout the park for a walk
  • Parking is free

2. Kiwanis Dog Park

🗺️ Address: 📍 1000 Kiwanis Park Dr, Kitchener, ON N2K 3N8, Canada
🕐 Open Times: All year
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: Yes
  • Leash-free dog park is surrounded by a chain-link fence
  • Two parks available: One is for large dogs, and the other is for dogs 25 pounds and under
  • Easy access to a hiking trail and Grand River
  • Large outdoor swimming pool, but there is a fee
  • 20-minute walk from the parking to the dog parks

3. George Lippert Park

🗺️ Address: 📍 204 Ahrens St W, Kitchener, ON N2H 4E2, Canada
🕐 Open Times: All year
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: Yes
  • Small fenced dog park
  • Includes a tennis court and basketball court that transforms into a skating rink in the winter
  • Playground for children up to age 12
  • Community gardens
  • Pathways for walking

4. The Aud Dog Park

🗺️ Address: 📍 400 East Ave, Kitchener, ON N2H 1Z6, Canada
🕐 Open Times: All year
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: Yes
  • Slightly less than 1 acre
  • Fenced dog park
  • Sits next to a skatepark and the Auditorium
  • Dog park is a community-led pilot project
  • Includes a baseball field, free Wi-Fi, ice skating, and skate park
  • All dog owners must clean up after themselves

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The Top Off-Leash Dog Park in Waterloo

5. Bechtel Park

🗺️ Address: 📍 Kitchener, ON N2K 1K6, Canada
🕐 Open Times: All year
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: Yes
  • One of the most popular dog parks in the Waterloo region
  • 5 fully fenced acres
  • No treats or toys are permitted in the park
  • Has natural walking paths with forest and wetlands
  • Playground, hiking trails, a batting cage, and three soccer fields

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The Top Off-Leash Dog Park in Cambridge

6. Maple Grove Dog Park

🗺️ Address: 📍 1000 Maple Grove Rd, Breslau, ON N0B 1M0, Canada
🕐 Open Times: All year
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: Yes
  • About 1.5 acres, fenced
  • Poop bags are available, but it’s recommended to bring your own
  • Picnic tables available
  • Has a small dog and puppy area and a large dog area
  • The poop in the dispenser is collected and used to generate electricity

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Always double-check the rules of any dog park that you plan to go to for the first time. All parks have rules, and there can be fines if anybody breaks them. You also want to keep the park clean and pick up after yourself out of respect for the park and the other dog parents.

While conservation areas might seem like great places to let your dog off the leash, this can also incur hefty fines, and they aren’t safe for your dog, anyway. Your dog might encounter wildlife, so the leash rules in those areas are there for a good reason. Most conservation areas require a leash no longer than 6 feet.

When you visit a dog park, be sure to bring extra water (and poop bags) so your dog can stay hydrated while running all over the place and socializing.

Featured Image Credit: Irsan Ianushis, Shutterstock

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