The Best Calgary Dog Parks By Quadrant

Posted by Justin Havre on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 at 12:27pm

The Best Dog Parks in Each Quadrant in Calgary

Soon it will be time for sunshine, iced coffee, and dog walks! But until then it can be difficult to ensure your dog gets the exercise they need when temperatures are -20 and below. But with spring on the horizon, it is time to start getting ready for dog walks and play days, and Calgary dog parks are the place to start! The city is fortunate to have over 150 different dog-friendly parks where pups can frolic off-leash, chase balls, and play with others. Take a look at the many Calgary dog parks located in each neighbourhood and quadrant of the city and plan out some quality time with Fido!

Note: Before letting your dog run free off-leash, be sure to check the designated area for signs indicating that it is an off-leash area. Keep in mind that all designated walking path areas require dogs to be on a leash.

Northwest Calgary Dog Parks

For those living in northwest Calgary there are over 20 distinct dog parks, each offering designated off-leash areas. These parks range from the wide-open hills of Nose Hill Park to secure fenced-in locations like Bowmont Park. Take a look at the following northwest Calgary dog parks in your community:

  • Beddington Heights
    • 5 separate areas within the community
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Bowmont Park
    • Majority of park is off-leash near walking paths
    • Multiple designated parking lot access points
    • One designated fenced-in area found near Silver Springs Gate parking entrance
  • Brentwood
    • 2 separate areas within the community
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking paths
  • Cambrian Heights
    • 2 separate areas within the community
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Chain link fence only found along 10th street area
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Charleswood
    • 2 separate areas within the community
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Collingwood
    • 2 separate areas within the community
    • Multiple designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Dalhousie
    • 2 separate areas within the community
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Edgemont
    • 4 separate areas within the community
    • Designated parking lot access points located just outside of off-leash areas
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Hawkwood
    • 4 separate areas within the community
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Hidden Valley
    • 2 separate areas within the community
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
    • Chain link fences found along busy streets for both locations
  • Hounsfield Heights/Briar Hill
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Huntington Hills
    • 5 separate areas within the community
    • Designated parking lot access points located just outside of 64th Ave
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • McHugh Bluff
    • Multiple designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Montgomery
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
    • Chain link fences located along Shaganappi Trail
  • North Haven
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Nose Hill Park
    • Multiple designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Queens Park Village
    • Chain Link fence encloses entire dog park except south side
    • One designated parking lot access point
  • Ranchlands
    • 3 separate areas within the community
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
    • Chain link fence encloses dog park along John Laurie and Ranchlands Blvd
  • Rosedale
    • One designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Sandstone Valley
    • 3 separate areas within the community
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Scenic Acres
    • 2 separate areas within the community
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Silver Springs
    • Multiple designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • St. Andrew’s Heights
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Thorncliffe
    • 3 separate areas within the community
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Tuscany
    • 2 separate areas within the community
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Varsity
    • 2 separate areas within the community
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • West Hillhurst
    • No designated parking lot access points

Northwest Calgary for Dog Lovers

The Best North West Calgary Dog Parks

Among the many pet supply stores found throughout the northwest quadrant (such as Pet Planet, PetSmart, Pet Valu, Bon A-Pet-Treat!, and Petland), almost every neighbourhood has access to a pet-grooming service either within the community or within a neighbouring one. Of course, each area contains a number of other dog-focused offerings that have everything you need to keep your dog healthy and happy! For dog boarding and pet-sitting options in the northwest, be sure to check out:

  • Paskapoo Pet Services (Sage Hill)
  • Royal Pooch Pet Services (Country Hills)
  • Wyldewood Dog Boarding (83rd Street)
  • Back in the Pack Dog Daycare (68th Street)

Aside from pet supply and boarding services, there are also dog training locations: Pawsitively Pooched (Northmount), Raising Canine (Crowfoot), Canine Minds and Manners Dog Training (Bowness), Brilliant Best Friends (Westmount), and Happy Tails Dog Training (Scenic Acres). These trainers will take your dog from good to great, while also offering you chances to go above and beyond with agility courses or sniffing activities!

Northeast Calgary Dog Parks

For pet owners residing in the Northeast of the city, there are plenty of dog parks, pet stores, and boarding opportunities for your dog. Of the many Calgary dog parks, the northeast holds over 15 different locations in various neighbourhoods, from Marlborough all the way to Crescent Heights. Listed below are the accessible dog parks for your use:

  • Bridgeland
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Confluence Park (Beddington)
    • Fenced-in area along entire dog park
    • One designated parking lot access point
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Crescent Heights
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Falconridge
    • Fenced-in along entire dog park
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Highland Park
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Marlborough
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Marlborough Park
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Martindale
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Mayland Heights
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • McCall
    • Fenced-in along Deerfoot Trail
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Pineridge
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Renfrew
    • 2 separate areas within the community
    • Designated parking lot access points located just outside of off-leash areas
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Rundle
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Taradale
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Thorncliffe
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Tom Cambell’s Hill
    • Multiple designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Winston Heights/Mountainview
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways

Northeast Calgary for Dog Lovers

The Best North East Calgary Dog Parks

Each northeastern neighbourhood has access to a wide selection of pet stores and grooming services, including Rascals Pet Supplies & Grooming (Edmonton Trail), Petland locations, Nose to Tail Grooming Ltd. (Rundlehorn), Pisces Exotica Pet Emporium (near airport), and of course a number of veterinary/hospital locations. For dog boarding and pet-sitting options in the northeast, be sure to check out:

  • Sleep Rover Doggie Hotel & Daycare (37th Ave)
  • Calgary Dog House (Mt. Pleasant)
  • Puppy Paradise Grooming & Daycare (Balmoral)
  • Muttley Crüe (Highland Park)
  • Dogaholics (near Calgary Airport)

Aside from grooming and daycare, if you require training services for your dog or puppy, consider Sit Happens! Companion Dog Training and Dogaholics, both located next to the Calgary Airport. Correct behaviors and advance your dog’s skills to result in a long-lasting friendship!

Southwest Calgary Dog Parks

If you are looking for dog friendly neighbourhoods in Calgary that have a change of scenery and wide selection of dog parks, then the southwest is where you need to be! With over 25 different dog parks, the southwest offers unique views, access to the river, and large spaces for your dog to run and play! Take a look at the following neighbourhood dog parks and find one that Fido will love:

  • Bankview
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Beltline/Connaught Park
    • Fenced-in along entire dog park
    • Includes a small-dog separate area
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Braeside
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Canyon Meadows
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Cedarbrae
    • Certain areas closed for construction
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Cliff Bungalow
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Coach Hill
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Edworthy Park
    • 2 separate areas within the community
    • Multiple designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
    • Access to the Bow River
  • Elbow Park
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Elboya
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Glamorgan
    • Fenced-in along west side of park
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Glenbrook
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Haysboro
    • 2 separate areas within the community
    • Fenced-in along 14th street
  • Killarney/Glengarry
    • Fenced-in along entire dog park
    • One designated parking lot access point
  • Kingsland
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Lakeview
    • 2 separate areas within the community
    • Designated parking lot access points located just outside of off-leash areas
  • Oakridge
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Pump Hill
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Richmond
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • River Park/Sandy Beach
    • 3 separate areas within the community
    • Fenced-in along the side closest to the river
    • Multiple designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Roxboro
    • Fenced-in along the east side of the dog park
    • Access to the river
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Scarboro
    • 2 separate areas within the community
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Scarboro/Sunalta West
    • Fenced-in along Crowchild Trail
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Shaganappi
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Southwood
    • 2 separate areas within the community
    • Fenced-in along east, west, and south sides of the dog park
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Strathcona Park
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Sunalta
    • 2 separate areas within the community
    • Fenced-in along the south side of Pumphouse Theatre Dog Park
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Woodbine
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways

Southwest Calgary for Dog Lovers

The Best South West Calgary Dog Parks

When it comes to the southwest, there are numerous options to purchase all of your dog-care essentials, including the Urban Dog Market (Garrison) and Paws Pet Food and Accessories (17th Ave). If your dog needs nail trims, cleaning, or other grooming solutions, Oh My Dog Pet Grooming in Strathcona, as well as Clippers N’ Suds in Rosscarrock are popular options in the area. For dog boarding, dog walking, and pet-sitting in the southwest, be sure to visit:

  • Central Bark Doggy Daycare (10th Ave)
  • PAWS Dog Daycare (16th Ave)
  • Marda Loop Doggie Daycare and Spa (20th Street)
  • BowDog Canine Specialists (Fairview)
  • Teddy & Friends Inc. Dog Walking Services (Wildwood)

Want to take a training course with your puppy or update your dog’s skills in the soutwest? Popular dog training locations include Dogma Education and Behaviour Centre (Glenbrook), Kayenna Kennels (Fairview), Cultured Canines (16th Avenue), as well as Western Canine Academy (located along Richmond Road).

Southeast Calgary Dog Parks

With over 15 different dog parks throughout the southeast quadrant of the city, dog owners have the chance to let their dogs enjoy the great outdoors and get the exercise needed to stay active and healthy! The southeast is home to more fenced-in locations that are ideal for dogs who tend to wander or struggle on their recall (see below for training options that can improve recall). Take a look at these southeast Calgary dog parks that you can visit throughout the year:

  • Acadia
    • Designated parking lot access points located just outside of off-leash areas
  • Albert Park/Raddison Heights
    • Access to the river
    • Fenced-in along Deerfoot Trail
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Auburn Bay
    • Fenced-in along entire dog park
    • One designated parking lot access point
  • Deer Ridge
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Dover
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Elliston Park
    • One designated parking lot access point
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Fairview
    • 2 separate areas within the community
    • Fenced-in along west side of industrial situated dog park
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Inglewood
    • 2 separate areas within the community
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Lake Bonavista
    • 4 separate areas within the community
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Maple Ridge
    • Fenced-in along west and south sides of the dog park
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Ogden/Lynnview
    • 3 separate areas within the community
    • Fenced-in along 72 Ave
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Parkland
    • Designated parking lot access points located just outside of off-leash areas
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Queensland
    • 3 separate areas within the community
    • No designated parking lot access points
  • Ramsay
    • 2 separate areas within the community
    • One designated parking lot access point
  • Riverbend
    • No designated parking lot access points
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Sue Higgins Park
    • Fenced-in along entire dog park
    • One designated parking lot access point
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Southview
    • Multiple designated parking lot access points
    • Access to the river
    • Off-leash areas with designated walking pathways
  • Willow Park
    • Fenced-in along Anderson Road
    • No designated parking lot access points

Southeast Calgary for Dog Lovers

The Best South East Calgary Dog Parks

Now that you know where all of the southeast Calgary dog parks are, you may be seeking other dog-focused services. For dog food and supplies, check out the name-brand pet stores such as Pet Planet, as well as Back to Basics Raw Pet Food (Ogden), as well as Dexter’s: Your Local Pet Shop (Lynnwood). For grooming, some popular locations are Dog Grooming Calgary (Canyon Meadows), Auntie M’s Grooming House (New Brighton), and Total Care Pet Grooming (Copperfield). For dog boarding and pet-sitting options, be sure to check out:

  • Dog People Dog Daycare Inc. (Bonnybrook)
  • Dogtopia of Douglas Glen (Douglas Glen)
  • Doggin It (Burnsland)
  • Care 4 Creatures Pet Sitting (Inverness)

The southeast is also home to a number of dog-training services, including ImPAWsible Possible Inc. (Bonnybrook), the Calgary Humane Society (110th Avenue), and Wildsands Petcare and Training (Fairview). Take advantage of the many dog offerings in your quadrant and stay active all year long!

Upcoming Dog Events in Calgary

Pet-A-Palooza – Day of the Dog

Dates: July 27-28, 2019

Location: Eau Claire, 200 Barclay Parade SW

Description: The perfect event for dog owners across Calgary, Pet-A-Palooza is an opportunity for dogs and owners alike to come check out local pet vendors, sample treats, soak in pools, check out the puppy parade, and view the dock-diving event! This event is free and of course, pet friendly!

VR Wine – March Pop Up Patio Party for Pooches

Dates: March 27, 2019

Location: VR Wine 8561 – 8A Ave SW

Description: Ready to enjoy an evening of delicious dining for both you and your pup? Bring your dog to the VR Wine patio for a 3-course dinner! You will enjoy canapés dinner and wine pairings while your pup enjoys pet-friendly snacks and a swag bag valued at $60! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.com.

Zulu K9 Challenge

Dates: July 13, 2019

Location: Edworthy Park – 5050 Spruce Drive SW

Description: Are you the type who like to race through trails with your furry friend? The Zulu K9 Challenge is a 15km challenge that leads you through trails and obstacles, racing to the finish line. The challenge begins with the 10km Challenge and then completes with the remaining 5km. All participants must have their dog on a hands-free leash at all times, no collars allowed. Tickets are available online at Eventrbrite.com.

Dog Jog

Dates: June 2019 – TBD

Location: TBD

Description: Join the Calgary Humane Society for their yearly fundraising event – the dog jog! This pet-friendly walk/run features a 5km (or less) course that takes dogs and their owners throughout parts of Southwest Calgary. All proceeds raised for this initiative will go towards supporting animals in need that come into the Calgary Humane Society. Check in soon on the Humane Society’s main website for more information!

Get ready to stretch those paws (and your legs!) and explore the many Calgary dog parks, offerings, and events found in every quadrant of the city!

For more information, city regulations and rules, and to access to maps and trails of each of the many Calgary dog parks, be sure to visit the City of Calgary website.

Justin Havre is the top producing REALTOR® with RE/MAX First, Canada's very first RE/MAX brokerage. Calgary real estate is his passion; Justin specializes in Southwest & Northwest Calgary homes for sale. He can be reached at 403.217.0003 or contacted through this site.

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