Nanaimo Off-Leash Dog Parks Roundup

Map of Off-Leash Dog Parks in Nanaimo BC

Nanaimo has 12 off-leash dog parks:

  • 3 with fully fenced and gated enclosures
  • 1 with a separate enclosure for small dogs
  • 3 with off-leash hiking trails
  • 5 with a beach or swimming area
  • 4 with unfenced or open areas

Click through to our directory listings for more details, pictures, maps and links.

Beaufort Park

Features
  • Large unfenced grass field
Description

This neighbourhood off-leash dog park features an open field and some on-leash gravel paths which wind through the greenbelt. The parking lot is located at the end of Chelsea Crescent.

Beban Park

Features
  • Fenced and gated enclosure
  • Separate fenced and gated enclosure for small dogs
  • Rain shelter
  • Drinking water
Description

Beban Park is a large multi-use park in the heart of Nanaimo. The off-leash dog park features a large fully-fenced enclosure and a separate fenced small-dog enclosure. There's drinking water (for the dogs), benches and a small gazebo to keep dry on those rainy days. Speaking of rainy days, the park surface is sand and gravel, like an all-weather sports field, so you'll be able to enjoy this park all year long without mud puddles or soggy grass.

Cable Bay Trail

Features
  • Off-leash hiking trails
  • Beach or swimming area
Description

It's all downhill from here .... it's an easy 2 km hike from the parking lot down to the water but you will feel your legs burn a little on the way back. There's a nice little bay at the end of the trail for your dog to play and swim and the creek flowing into it provides some fresh drinking water.

Colliery Dam Park

Features
  • Off-leash hiking trails
  • Beach or swimming area
Description

The off-leash dog park is a short hike on a nice trail around the upper lake (above the dam). There are several places around the lake where your dog can safely swim. The closest parking to the off-leash area is a small lot off Nanaimo Lakes Road.

Diver Lake Park

Features
  • Large unfenced grass field
  • Beach or swimming area
Description

The off-leash area is the soccer field and ball diamond, across from the tennis courts. It features an open grassy field and a small water access for your dog to swim in the lake. You can also go for an on-leash walk on the paths which wind through the rest of the park.

The parking lot is located at the north end of Black Franks Drive.

Gallows Point Park

Features
  • Beach or swimming area
Description

This off-leash dog park is simply a water access to the beach. It's located on the southern tip of Protection Island.


Invermere Beach

Features
  • Beach or swimming area
Description

Invermere Beach features a rocky beach which is accessed by a short trail from the end of Invermere Road. The trail has several sets of stairs to help navigate the steep terrain.

There is very little parking at the trailhead so the City of Nanaimo encourages users of the beach to park at nearby Groveland Park and walk a short distance to access the trailhead.

May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park

Features
  • Off-leash hiking trails
Description

The off-leash dog park at May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park is in the wooded area with informal trails at the north end of the park. The outer loop is approximately 1 km and there are a whole lot of interconnecting trails to make things more fun and give both you and your dog a good walk.

There is a parking lot on Dickinson Road at Groveland Drive and another on Schook Road near Rosalyn Crescent.

Northfield Park Rest Stop

Features
  • Fenced and gated enclosure
  • Drinking water
Description

Travelling the Island Highway with your dog? Take break at the Information Centre in Nanaimo and give your dog a run in the fully fenced off-leash enclosure.  There's lots of parking, washrooms, drinking water and picnic tables. And if you want to stretch your legs too, you can leash up your dog and go for a walk on 20km of trails.


St. George Ravine Park

Features
  • Small unfenced grass field
Description

This neighbourhood off-leash dog park features a small open field and an on-leash path which winds through the equally small greenbelt. It's located just behind the Esso gas station (which faces The Island Highway) and has a small parking lot on St. George Street.

Wardropper Park

Features
  • Large fenced and gated enclosure
Description

Wardropper Park features a large, fully fenced and gated, off-leash dog enclosure with a flat grassy surface and a view of Departure Bay. It's just a block away from the harbour and is a short drive (10 minutes) from the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal. It has a small parking lot on the north side of the park.

Westwood Lake Park

Features
  • Large unfenced area
Description

The off-leash area is a bit of a hike, at the back of the park (near the power lines at the southwest side of the lake.) The closest parking is on the corner of Arbot Road and Ridgepoint Drive.

Keep your eyes peeled for the shortcut, it makes the on-leash hike from the parking lot to the power lines significantly shorter.


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