Dogs In Parks

Here are a few things all dog owners and "walkers" need to remember when planning a dog walk in a local park:

  • Dogs must be on-leash at all times unless in a designated dogs off-leash area.
  • All dogs must be visibly licenced (see below for more information).
  • Stoop and scoop: clean up after your dog.

dogs in parks - off leash

Provide input on No. 3 Road Bark Park Safety Enhancement Options

We want to hear from you!
To improve the experience for dogs, pedestrians and cyclists at the No. 3 Road Bark Park and adjacent dike trail, the City is seeking public input on safety enhancement options.

Information boards that include the safety enhancement options and an online survey will be available on the City’s Let’s Talk Richmond website, between Tuesday, November 28, 2023 and Sunday, January 7, 2024. Please visit to participate.

In addition to the online engagement, there will be drop-in style public open houses. The open houses will include information boards, a survey, light refreshments and dog treats. Parks Services staff will be available to discuss the options, answer questions and receive feedback.
The two public open houses will be held on:

  • Tuesday, November 28, 2023, from 5:00­–7:00 p.m. at Richmond City Hall, 6911 No. 3 Road; and
  • Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at the No. 3 Road Bark Park, 13900 No. 3 Road, near the parking lot, look for the white tents.

For more information, call the City’s Parks Department at 604-244-1208 or visit

Non-Permitted Dog Areas

There are three places in Richmond where dogs are not permitted:

  • Richmond Nature Park
  • Richmond Nature Study Centre (aka the Richmond Nature Park East)
  • Terra Nova Rural Park

These parks were established to preserve plant and endangered animal communities that are unique to Richmond. Help preserve these fragile areas by walking dogs at other dog-friendly parks or trails, or consider a dog off-leash area.

Dog Off-Leash Areas

The designation of dogs off-leash areas is an initiative by the City of Richmond, in consultation with the community, to provide areas where responsible owners may exercise their dogs on or off-leash.

Responsible Owners

  • Dogs must be kept under control by their owners at all times.
  • Stoop and scoop: clean up after your dog.
  • Dog owners must carry a leash at all times.
  • All dogs must be currently and visibly licensed.
  • Dog owners must maintain effective verbal control of their dogs and always be able to see their dog when off-leash.
  • Any dog exhibiting aggressive behaviour must be leashed immediately.

Dog licences can be purchased online or in person at Richmond City Hall. Call Animal Protection Services at 604-247-4633 or email for more information.

Call the BC SPCA at 604-709-4668 to report animal cruelty.

Designated Dogs Off-Leash Locations

To view a dynamic map of all the current dog off-leash areas in the City of Richmond, please click on the link below and launch the map in a new window.

Dogs Off-Leash Dynamic Map

Expand for a list of off-leash locations

The following locations are available for off-leash activities:


Dogs Off-Leash Map and Brochure

View the brochure below for a complete and updated map showing designated off-leash locations. Consider printing a copy for quick reference.
Dog Off-Leash Areas Brochure