Dog Off-Leash Areas Pilot Project

The District is piloting locations for shared dog off-leash areas under certain conditions. These would be shared areas where others are using these locations for an array of recreational purposes.


An online survey gathered community input from both dog owners and non-dog owners on how to maximize harmony in relation to off-leash dog areas. The survey results showed support for off-leash areas. Feedback from the survey was compiled to inform ideas for piloting locations, conditions and enforcement.

Owner responsibility is imperative to ensure the success of these dog off-leash areas. 

What's Proposed

This overview map shows the proposed shared dog off-leash areas (in bright green) across the community of Squamish.  


Proposed locations:

  • Squamish River Dike behind the Dog Pound - This area would allow dogs off leash 7 days per week at any time of the day.
  • Stawamus River Dike in Valleycliffe - This would be a dog off-leash area from dawn to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m
  • Trail between the Squamish Valley Golf Course and the Mamquam River - This location would be subject to seasonal spawning closures for bear feeding and salmon spawning seasons. This would be a dog off-leash area from dawn to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Judd Beach in Brackendale - This would be a dog off-leash area from dawn to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Merrill Park in Garibaldi Highlands - This would be a dog off-leash area from dawn to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Proposed owner responsibilities and conditions:

Some of the main conditions include: 

  • Dogs must be licensed and display a dog tag.
  • Dogs must have 100% recall.
  • Deemed dangerous dogs must follow their set conditions requiring leash and muzzle when using these areas.
  • Areas can be closed or the off-leash requirement changed due to wildlife concerns either seasonally or when issues arise.
  • A maximum of three dogs will be permitted off leash with one person.
  • Increasing the fine for not picking up after your pet.

Community Engagement Opportunities

April/May 2019: Online Survey. 

September 2019: Open House. (View the poster boards)

Next Steps

Staff will present the proposed project to Council in Spring 2020. (Date to be determined)

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  • Jim Hill Jul 9, 2020, 7:20 AM (8 months ago)

    We are very excited for the implementation of the off-leash dog areas and hope council approves soon!

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