Nanaimo has gorgeous off-leash beaches and well-maintain fenced parks. They have specific areas and times for dogs to exercise off-leash provided they remain under their owner’s control and that owner’s carry a leash with them at all times.
Nanaimo City: 250-754-4251
Ladysmith City: 250-245-6400
Fenced Dog Off-Leash Parks
- Beban Park, 2300 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo, entrance off Labieux Rd
- Northfield Park, Parkway Highway @ Northfield, right behind Visitor Info Centre
- Wardropper Park, 2957 Departure Bay Rd, Nanaimo, 5 cars can be parked on the small spot on Departure Bay Rd, If full, go to the main parking lots across Bay St, nice ocean view from the hill, a nice bench
Water Access Dog Off-Leash (no fence)
- Inveremere Beach Park, Inveremere Rd, Nanaimo, @Icarus Dr, Enter from the cul-de-sac, many steps to get down to the beautiful open sandy beach. Avoide high-tide, which wipes the beach away
- Colliery Dam Park, Wakesiah Ave @ Sixth St, Nanaimo, Enter from Upper Dam parking lot on Nanaimo Lake Rd, Lower Dam is not off-leash
- Cable Bay Trail, 2645, 2705 Nicola Rd, Nanaimo, up Cedar, Walk through the trail for 2 km down and hit ocean Off leash trail & Swimming!
Dog Off-Leash Parks & Trails (no fence)
- Westwood Lake, Use the parking lots on Abot Rd (West side of the lake) to make a short cut. Walk the trails for about 1 km to find off-leash sign under the Power line.
- Beaufort Park, 69 Lorne Pl, Nanaimo, A short trail in the residential area.
- Diver Lake Park – the field will be off-leash between October 1 & April 30. During the summer this area will be utilized as a sports field.
- St. George Ravine Park, St Geroge St, Nanaimo
- May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park, 6700 Dover Rd @ 6780 Dover Rd, Nanaimo, Enter the forest/trails from Dickinson Rd @ Schook Rd
- Transfer Beach Park, Transfer Beach Blvd off, Ladysmith, @ Robers St down to the water front
- Holland Creek Trail, Dogwood Rd / Mackie Rd, Ladysmith