Dog Friendly Activities in Alberta

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in Alberta, we can point you towards the nearest off-leash dog park, the most popular dog beach, a really great hiking trail, and lots of other places to play with Fido.

Pet Friendly Terwillegar Park
Terwillegar Park Terwillegar Park provides acres and acres of space for your pup to enjoy playing without a leash. Just make sure your dog is licensed and vaccinated before enjoying the park. See Details
Pet Friendly Jackie Parker Park
Jackie Parker Park Jackie Parker Park is a large open space where Fido can romp off-leash. The Park is best for walking, ball throwing, and playing with multiple dogs. Jackie Parker features granular and natural paths, access to water, partial lighting, and snow removal in certain sections. The Park is not fenced. Dogs must be cleaned up after and licensed. Owners should have voice control of their pet and have a leash on hand. Jackie Parker Park is open daily from 5am to 11pm. See Details
Buena Vista Dog Park Bring Fido to romp off-leash at the Buena Vista Dog Park. This area brands itself as great for ball throwing, walking and playing with multiple dogs. It is not fenced, although it does feature gravel and paved paths, water access, and snow removal on parking lots and its bike path. Dogs should be leashed during hot air balloon launches and must be cleaned up after and licensed. Owners should have voice control of their pet and have a leash on hand. The park is open daily from 5am to 11pm. See Details
Lauderdale Off-Leash Area An off-leash dog park, Lauderdale is the perfect place for your pooch to play. The area is fenced-in with a separate area for small and shy dogs. Snow is cleared as needed. Dogs must be cleaned up after and licensed. See Details
Crock A Doodle Canmore Crock A Doodle Canmore is pet-friendly. This paint your own pottery store welcomes leashed dogs to join their owners pursuing a new artistic endeavour, or increasing their knowledge on pottery painting. They are open Tuesday through Thursday from 12pm to 6pm, Friday to Saturday from 12pm to 8pm and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. See Details
Whyte Avenue Whyte Avenue is known for being dog-friendly, especially in the summer months. This popular Edmonton shopping district is home to many pet-friendly stores and a plethora of restaurants with pet-friendly patios. There are also many festivals on Whyte Avenue, and dogs are welcome at all outdoor parts of most festivals. See Details
Mut Hut Pet Emporium Mut Hut Pet Emporium offers premium treats, doggie bakery goodies, pet gear, toys, and more. Mut Hut Pet Emporium also offers grooming services. See Details
Edworthy Park In a valley by Bow River, this park features an off-leash area for four-legged friends. Let your pup get his exercise as you enjoy a view of the city while relaxing in green space. See Details
Bowmont Park Situated along the river, this park has a fenced-in, off-leash dog area for contained playtime. See Details
The Oxbows Off Leash Dog Park The Oxbows Off Leash Dog Park, is a 16 hectare site designed exclusively for dogs and their owners.

The site includes the following features:

entrance staging area
winding trails
diverse terrain
open training sites
rest locations
agility park
interpretive kiosks
small dogs area
private booking area
Due to the site's closeness to Piper Creek, the park's trails and amenities were designed to mirror the creek's wandering nature; hence, it has appropriately been named 'The Oxbows".

Dog Park Etiquette
Dogs must:

have up-to-date license and vaccinations
not chase wildlife
interact well with other dogs and dog owners
come immediately when called
Dog owners must:

keep dog on a leash until inside the fenced area
have a leash in possession at all times
keep dog within sight and under verbal control at all times
clean up after dog and fill any holes the dog may dig
remove dog from the park at the first sign of aggression
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Okotoks Dog Park Off-Leash Area The Okotoks Dog Park Off-Leash Area is a fenced-in space where well-behaved canine companions can exercise and play. Dog owners must ensure their dog is wearing a dog license and identification tag, must clean up after their pets, and bring along their own water. Further rules and regulations, as well as a map, and license and fancier application forms can be found on Okotoks Dog Park Off-Leash Area's website. The Park is open from sunrise to sunset. See Details
Cold Garden Beverage Company Cold Garden Beverage Company is pet-friendly. Wedged between Smithbilt Hats and the train tracks, just look for the teal roof and you'll know you're there. This place has great vibes dogs are allowed inside and out to soak them all up with you. Although they don't serve food, you can order anything from other spots and eat it while you're there. They are open Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 12am and Friday to Saturday from 11am to 1am. See Details
Sue Higgins Park Sue Higgins Park is Calgary's premier off-leash park. Explore hundreds of acres of natural backcountry nestled along the Bow River with your pooch. Dogs can romp in the natural setting, go for a swim, and make new friends along the way. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind and to make sure dogs are under voice control for the safety of other park users. Sue Higgins Park is open every day of the week from 5am to 11pm. See Details
Banff Dog Park This 1.5-acre, off-leash park is fenced and offers plenty of trees for shade. Dog park regulars have installed benches and water bowls. See Details
Sandy Beach/River Park Sandy Beach/River Park is a great dog park. There are lots of dogs to play with, lots of garbage cans for poo bags, plenty of parking, benches and picnic tables, a dog water fountain, and access to the river. To get to the river you must do down a pretty steep path and through a small "on-leash" area but once you cross the bridge there is a small forested area and places for the dogs to play in the water. There is also a nice path that is good for humans! It is gravel so no rollerblading but bikers and strollers can get around this park well. Great for runners too! See Details
Three Mile Bend Located in northeast Red Deer, this off-leash area runs along the Red Deer River and is a great place to let your dogs run. It is accessible from several spots via a 1 km paved road, and there are several parking lots as well. Once you leave the paved road, you have many dirt paths that run near the river. There are shelters for other activities, a BMX track, and some kind of water "jump." A washroom is available as well. See Details
Gold Bar Trail Bring Fido to Gold Bar Trail to hike off-leash along the river. Gold Bar Trail features a granular walking path, partial fencing, water access, and partial lighting. Dogs must be cleaned up after and licensed. Owners should have voice control of their pet and have a leash on hand. The park is open from 5am to 11pm daily. See Details
Bow Valley SUP Surf Bow Valley SUP Surf is dog-friendly. They operate tours on Banff’s Two Jack Lake, surrounded by view of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade. They offer introductory classes with a Paddle Canada certified guide. Alternatively, you and your pooch can join one of the morning tours on alternate mornings and there’s also a sunset tour on Friday evenings, too. The tours last 1-1.5 hours and some of the proceeds go towards getting indigenous children out on the water. The introductory classes are $75. All of the tours are $69 and Fido floats for free. Doggy life jackets are not included, but humans will be provided with one. See Details
Banff Canoe Club SUP with your pup in the beautiful Alberta resort city of Banff. This pet-friendly activity is a great way to explore the picturesque sights around the lakes of Banff. You can join a tour or rent your own private SUP to explore without a guide. Dogs must be well-behaved and should be equipped with their own doggy life vest, as none are provided. SUP rentals include life jackets and boards within the price. Rentals vary depending on whether you are a member and how long you wish to rent the SUP for. Canoes and kayaks are also available to rent and allow dogs on board, too. Banff Canoe Club is open every day of the week from 10:00am to 6:30pm. See Details
Waterton Shoreline Cruises Waterton Shoreline Cruises is pet-friendly. Take a scenic boat cruise on Waterton Lake in the Rocky Mountains in Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park. This one hour and fifteen minute boat tour around Waterton Lake allows dogs as long as they are leashed and quiet. See Details
Elk Island National Park Elk Island National Park is a dog-friendly natural attraction in Edmonton, AB. Located 30 minutes east of Edmonton and open year round, this national park is an important refuge for bison, elk, and over 250 species of birds. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you when exploring Elk Island National Park and should always be kept at a safe distance from wildlife. Dog walking, picnicking, cycling, hiking, snowshoeing, star gazing and wildlife watching are some of the most popular activities. During your visit, take Hayburger Trail or Wood Bison Trail to admire vast plains and herds of Bison, or explore the many islands of Astotin Lake from your kayak in summer. For additional guidance about visiting with Fido, please visit this link: See Details
Tom Campbell's Hill Off-Leash Dog Park Located in Tom Campbell's Hill Natural Park, this off-leash dog park sits along St. George's Drive and overlooks Memorial Drive and the converging Bow River and Nose Creek. The park features an interpretive exhibit about the park's history and the grassland ecosystem. From the exhibit, there is an excellent view of the city skyline. See Details
Lake Edith and Lake Annette Lake Edith and Lake Annette are two dog-friendly bodies of water within Jasper National Park in Jasper, AB. There are designated areas of the beach on Lake Edith and Lake Annette that Fido can enjoy; check for signage when you arrive. The lakes are separated by a short walk. There are picnic tables, fire rings, grills, and a playground near Lake Annette as well as a paved interpretive trail. Lake Edith has chairs for you to lounge in and take in the beauty surrounding you. See Details
Valley of the Five Lakes - Jasper National Park Valley of the Five Lakes Trailhead is the access point to a vast interconnected dog-friendly trail system within Jasper National Park in Jasper, AB. There are multiple trails ranging from a short half hour hike to the moderate Overlander Trail that requires a 10-12 hour trek. Three of the trails near Maligne Lake and the Cavell Meadows Trail does not allow dogs. The remaining 34 trails do allow dogs. See Details