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Mapping Toronto's 11 Best Dog Parks

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Living in the big city often means sacrificing having a back yard, and some dog owners enjoy hanging out with other doggy-minded people. Nearly every neighbourhood in Toronto has an off-leash dog park, where dogs and their people can frolic and fight and try to hump each other. Here, in no particular order, are ten highly-rated dog parks around town; is yours on the list? If not, should it be?

· List of Off-Leash Dog Parks [City of Toronto]
· Off-Leash Dogs Parks in Toronto [BringFido.com]

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1. High Park Offleash Dog Trail

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Centre Rd, Toronto
ON, Canada
[Photo via flickr]

Acres of trails and partially-fenced dog runs. Running water for thirsty pups. BYOBags.

2. Sherwood Off-leash Dog Park

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190 Sherwood Ave, Toronto
ON, Canada
[Photo via Lisa Carson]

Big, pretty park in a ravine, with a fenced dog trail. A little less-known than most. Fountains, too, though those are often out of order.

3. Cherry Beach Off-Leash Dog Area

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Foot of Cherry Street, Toronto
ON, Canada
[Photo via flickr/emadman]

One of the most popular dog spots in the city. Wide beachfront offleash area, decent parking, not as crowded as the Beaches proper.

4. Riverdale Park West

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500 Gerrard St., Toronto
ON M5A 2H3, Canada
[Photo via flickr/agsaran]

Riverdale Parks West and East are equally popular, with Cabbagetown dogs hanging out the West side and Riverdale mutts on the East. Someone should write a musical about them.

5. Riverdale Park East

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550 Broadview Ave, Toronto
ON M4K 2P1, Canada
[Photo via flickr/agsaran]

Riverdale Parks West and East are equally popular, with Cabbagetown dogs hanging out the West side and Riverdale mutts on the East. Someone should write a musical about them.

6. The Don Valley Brick Works Park

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Bayview Ave, Toronto
ON, Canada
(416) 392-8188
[Photo via flickr/christhegirl]

Though not technically an off-leash park, this is still a fantastic spot for hiking with your leashed dog. There's a small fenced off-leash area near the parking lot.

7. Trinity Bellwoods Dog Park - The Bowl

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1053 Dundas St W, Toronto
ON, Canada
[Photo via flickr/crystalluxmore]

The T-B Dog Bowl is both the leash-free area and the site of the summertime Dog Bowl Movie Nights.

8. Bickford Park

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btwn Bloor, Grace, College & Ossington, Toronto
ON, Canada
[Photo via flickr/jonhayes]

Like Christie Pits, Bickford Park sits in a sheltered bowl that makes it easier to keep an eye on your pup. Great for tobogganing, too.

9. Kew Beach Off Leash Dog Park

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[Photo via flickr/vistadome]

In summer, unleashed dogs have to stay above the beach fence. In winter, they have free run of the beach!

10. Withrow Park Off Leash Dog Park

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Logan Ave, Toronto
ON, Canada
[Photo via flickr/anutkak43]

A good-sized park that uses logs and bushes to mark the off-leash area.

11. Allan Gardens Dog Park

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Toronto
ON, Canada
[Photo via flickr/mmmighty_atom]

Not the biggest or greenest, but Allan Gardens gets mention because of its huge, weird, acid-dream sculptures. It's also got a separate section for smaller dogs, so your Yorkie won't be intimidated by some bossy Mastiff.

1. High Park Offleash Dog Trail

Centre Rd, Toronto, ON, Canada
[Photo via flickr]

Acres of trails and partially-fenced dog runs. Running water for thirsty pups. BYOBags.

Centre Rd, Toronto
ON, Canada

2. Sherwood Off-leash Dog Park

190 Sherwood Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada
[Photo via Lisa Carson]

Big, pretty park in a ravine, with a fenced dog trail. A little less-known than most. Fountains, too, though those are often out of order.

190 Sherwood Ave, Toronto
ON, Canada

3. Cherry Beach Off-Leash Dog Area

Foot of Cherry Street, Toronto, ON, Canada
[Photo via flickr/emadman]

One of the most popular dog spots in the city. Wide beachfront offleash area, decent parking, not as crowded as the Beaches proper.

Foot of Cherry Street, Toronto
ON, Canada

4. Riverdale Park West

500 Gerrard St., Toronto, ON M5A 2H3, Canada
[Photo via flickr/agsaran]

Riverdale Parks West and East are equally popular, with Cabbagetown dogs hanging out the West side and Riverdale mutts on the East. Someone should write a musical about them.

500 Gerrard St., Toronto
ON M5A 2H3, Canada

5. Riverdale Park East

550 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2P1, Canada
[Photo via flickr/agsaran]

Riverdale Parks West and East are equally popular, with Cabbagetown dogs hanging out the West side and Riverdale mutts on the East. Someone should write a musical about them.

550 Broadview Ave, Toronto
ON M4K 2P1, Canada

6. The Don Valley Brick Works Park

Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada
[Photo via flickr/christhegirl]

Though not technically an off-leash park, this is still a fantastic spot for hiking with your leashed dog. There's a small fenced off-leash area near the parking lot.

Bayview Ave, Toronto
ON, Canada

7. Trinity Bellwoods Dog Park - The Bowl

1053 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON, Canada
[Photo via flickr/crystalluxmore]

The T-B Dog Bowl is both the leash-free area and the site of the summertime Dog Bowl Movie Nights.

1053 Dundas St W, Toronto
ON, Canada

8. Bickford Park

btwn Bloor, Grace, College & Ossington, Toronto, ON, Canada
[Photo via flickr/jonhayes]

Like Christie Pits, Bickford Park sits in a sheltered bowl that makes it easier to keep an eye on your pup. Great for tobogganing, too.

btwn Bloor, Grace, College & Ossington, Toronto
ON, Canada

9. Kew Beach Off Leash Dog Park

Canada
[Photo via flickr/vistadome]

In summer, unleashed dogs have to stay above the beach fence. In winter, they have free run of the beach!

10. Withrow Park Off Leash Dog Park

Logan Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada
[Photo via flickr/anutkak43]

A good-sized park that uses logs and bushes to mark the off-leash area.

Logan Ave, Toronto
ON, Canada

11. Allan Gardens Dog Park

Toronto, ON, Canada
[Photo via flickr/mmmighty_atom]

Not the biggest or greenest, but Allan Gardens gets mention because of its huge, weird, acid-dream sculptures. It's also got a separate section for smaller dogs, so your Yorkie won't be intimidated by some bossy Mastiff.

Toronto
ON, Canada