Westwood Lake (off-leash dog park), Nanaimo, BC

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Park Features
Leashing Requirements:
  • Off-leash areas
  • On-leash areas
Dog Features:
  • Off-leash trails
Size of off-leash area (Parks):
  • Extra Large
Washrooms:
  • None
Park Governance: City, Municipal, Township, etc.
Trail Features
Trail difficulty:
  • Beginner
Trail length:
  • Less than 1 kilometer
  • Between 1 and 5 kilometers
  • Between 5 and 10 kilometers
Trail terrain:
  • Dirt or gravel
  • Rocky
  • Exposed roots
Trail elevation gain:
  • Mild

The off-leash dog park at Westwood Lake is under the power lines on the far side of the lake and the trails to get to it are all on-leash. The closest access point is a parking lot on the corner of Arbot Road and Ridgepoint Drive.

As you are hiking, keep your eyes peeled for the shortcut. It makes the on-leash hike from the parking lot to the power lines significantly shorter.

The hike itself is very nice but this "dog park" is not one of our favourites. We appreciate cities adding dog parks wherever they can, but the off-leash area is a little too far out of the way and not particularly scenic or pretty.


Westwood Lake Off-Leash Dog Park - Nanaimo - BC - Park Map
Source: The City of Nanaimo
Westwood Lake Off-Leash Park - Nanaimo - BC (9)
Westwood Lake Off-Leash Park - Nanaimo - BC (4)
Shortcut to Off-Leash Area
Shortcut to Off-Leash Area
Westwood Lake Off-Leash Park - Nanaimo - BC (2) - Parking Lot Closest to the Off-Leash Area
2386 Arbot Road, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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