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Park Governance: Regional (Provincial or State)

Note: November 13, 2021

Areas of Pacific Spirit Park are currently closed as crews work to remove debris and ensure safety of visitors following the tornado that touched down in the area on November 8th.  Crews have been working hard and many of the trails have been cleared and are open. Those that remain closed pose a risk to the public. Be sure to pay attention to posted signage when you visit the park.

Are dogs allowed in Pacific Spirit Park?

Yes!  Dogs are absolutely allowed in Pacific Spirit Park. Located next to UBC (the University of British Columbia), in Vancouver, BC, Pacific Spirit Regional Park is a beautiful forest setting in an urban area.  With over 73 km's of trails, there is plenty to explore - and the best part is that 90% of them are off-leash.

The trails are well marked as "leash optional", "leash required" or "no dogs" so do pay attention to the markers as you explore. Metro Vancouver asks that people keep dogs out of streams in the park because they are home to sensitive wildlife such as an endangered species of cutthroat trout, rough-skinned newts, salamanders, frogs and other freshwater species.

The trails are well groomed and suitable for beginners.  Elevation gain and loss varies depending on the part of the park you choose to explore, but the entire park would be given an "easy" rating.

The park is home to many coyotes so be aware of your surroundings - especially when walking smaller dogs.  Metro Vancouver Regional Parks do put up signage when there are aggressive coyotes in the area.  The park is also home to owls which may swoop down and startle walkers in the park.

You will also find poop bag stations and red "poop" bins which are part of a dog waste diversion program.

Be sure to check out the official Pacific Spirit Regional Park website at Metrovancouver.org for the Pacific Spirit Regional Park off-leash map, closures, updates, park hours, accessibility, and more.

If you are looking to cool off after your walk in the forest Spanish Banks off-leash dog beach and Acadia Beach (also off-leash) are both located nearby.

Park Map - Pacific Spirit Regional Park - Off-Leash Trails - Vancouver - BC
Source: metrovancouver.org

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Beware of the wind, large branches and trees frequently come down when it's stormy:

Pacific Spirit Regional Park Windstorm
Downed Branches - Pacific Spirit Regional Park - Off-Leash Trails - Vancouver BC

A beautiful place for a winter hike:

A beautiful place for a winter hike - Pacific Spirit Regional Park - Off-Leash Trails - Vancouver BC (6)

Features
Off-leash
Dog Features:
  • Off-leash trails
  • Poop bags
  • Designated commercial dog walking location
Size of off-leash area (Parks):
  • Extra Large
Other Features (Parks):
  • Washrooms
  • Running path
Washrooms:
  • Pit toilets
Garbage Cans:
  • Standard garbage cans
  • Dog waste bins
Trail Features
Other Features (Trails & Hikes):
  • Horse trails
  • Mountain bike trails
Trail difficulty:
  • Beginner
Trail length:
  • Between 1 and 5 kilometers
  • Between 5 and 10 kilometers
  • More than 10 kilometers
Trail terrain:
  • Bark mulch
  • Dirt or gravel
  • Rocky
  • Exposed roots
Elevation gain:
  • Mild
  • Moderate
Crown St and West King Edward Ave Vancouver BC Canada

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