Spanish Banks Park, Vancouver, BC

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Spanish Banks off leash, Vancouver, B.C.
Spanish Banks off leash, Vancouver, B.C.
Spanish Banks off leash, Vancouver, B.C.
Spanish Banks off leash, Vancouver, B.C.
Spanish Banks off leash, Vancouver, B.C.
Spanish Banks off leash, Vancouver, B.C.
Spanish Banks Park, Vancouver, BC
Park Governance: City, Municipal, Township, etc.

Spanish Banks off-leash dog park and beach is one of the most beautiful parks in the city.  With stunning views of the North Shore Mountains, downtown Vancouver and the harbor, it has everything you could want.

The off-leash area of the park runs about a half kilometer along the shoreline. Dogs are welcome off-leash on the beach and the grassy fields on the dry side of the gravel walking and cycling path. If you happen to be there when the tide is low, you can head down onto the flats and play in the tidal pools or walk out the water line. Be prepared for a long walk - the water recedes so far that it feels like you can walk half way across the harbor to West Vancouver.

One challenge with this park is a lack of fencing.  The grassy area is alongside a parking lot can be dangerous if your dog runs off the grass and into the parking lot or the road.

Another issue is a lack of signage. There is signage at the east end of the off-leash area but there is none in the parking lots. People frequently pull into these parking lots and setup a picnic on the grass and are quite offended when off-leash dogs crash their party. Dog owners have to apologize and explain that they've chosen a really bad place for a picnic which can result in some heated exchanges.

Features
Off-leash
Dog Features:
  • Swimming area (beach)
  • Drinking water
  • Poop bags
Size of off-leash area (Parks):
  • Extra Large
Other Features (Parks):
  • Picnic tables
  • Washrooms
  • Concession
  • Running path
Washrooms:
  • Flush toilets
  • Accessible washroom
Garbage Cans:
  • Standard garbage cans
4801 Northwest Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC, Canada

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