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Calling all dog owners. dog lovers. or dogs who can type: it's the poll you've all been waiting for! To wrap up Curbed Toronto's first-ever Outdoors Week, we're asking you to vote for the GTA's most fantastic dog park or amazing off-leash area.


Poll results

· Off-Leash Dogs Parks in Toronto [BringFido.com]
· A dog weighs in on the city's best dog parks [SpringRealty]
· All Outdoors Week 2014 posts [Curbed Toronto]
· Curbed Maps archive [Curbed Toronto]

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1. 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.

2. High Park Dog Trail / Dog Hill

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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.

3. 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.

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.

12. Greenwood Park

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150 Greenwood Ave, Toronto
ON, Canada

The off-leash area at Greenwood Park is fairly large, but its surface is crushed granite--sand, in other words. The sand causes some dogs to have breathing and eye problems, so local residents are campaigning to have the surface replaced with bark chips. Bark chips. Get it? Bark.

13. Gerrard - Carlaw Dog Parkette

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855 Gerard St East, Toronto
ON, Canada

Small and shady, this parkette is right beside the railroad tracks under the Carlaw bridge (ref. Lowest of the Low). Bark chips are easy on the paws.

14. Hideaway Park

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17 Audley Avenue, Toronto
ON M4M 2W2, Canada

Tiny Hideaway Park is a secret gem in the heart of Leslieville. The pebble-surfaced dog park is tiny, but it's got shady trees and a handy dog fountain.

15. Thompson Street Parkette

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120 Broadview Avenue, Toronto
ON M4M, Canada

Thompson Street Parkette's most notable feature was its proximity to Jilly's, the now-shuttered strip club; dancers on a smoke break would stroll over to pet the pups.

1. 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

2. High Park Dog Trail / Dog Hill

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

3. 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

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

12. Greenwood Park

150 Greenwood Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada

The off-leash area at Greenwood Park is fairly large, but its surface is crushed granite--sand, in other words. The sand causes some dogs to have breathing and eye problems, so local residents are campaigning to have the surface replaced with bark chips. Bark chips. Get it? Bark.

150 Greenwood Ave, Toronto
ON, Canada

13. Gerrard - Carlaw Dog Parkette

855 Gerard St East, Toronto, ON, Canada

Small and shady, this parkette is right beside the railroad tracks under the Carlaw bridge (ref. Lowest of the Low). Bark chips are easy on the paws.

855 Gerard St East, Toronto
ON, Canada

14. Hideaway Park

17 Audley Avenue, Toronto, ON M4M 2W2, Canada

Tiny Hideaway Park is a secret gem in the heart of Leslieville. The pebble-surfaced dog park is tiny, but it's got shady trees and a handy dog fountain.

17 Audley Avenue, Toronto
ON M4M 2W2, Canada

15. Thompson Street Parkette

120 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4M, Canada

Thompson Street Parkette's most notable feature was its proximity to Jilly's, the now-shuttered strip club; dancers on a smoke break would stroll over to pet the pups.

120 Broadview Avenue, Toronto
ON M4M, Canada