Service Barrie Phone: (705) 726-4242ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca
In the event of an incident, please call Municipal Law Enforcement at 705-739-4241.
Dog Off-Leash Recreation areas (DOLRAs) are areas set aside for residents to exercise and socialize their dogs off-leash in a protected environment, without being in contravention of municipal by-laws.
Barrie has two DOLRAs. The City is assessing sites for potential additional DOLRA locations in Barrie.
Secure Fenced AreasThe
BMC DOLRA offers two separate, fenced areas: one for small dogs up to a maximum weight limit of 30 pounds (.25 acres); the other for all dogs, regardless of size/weight (1.8 acres).
Unsecured Natural AreaDogs are also permitted off-leash in the natural area beyond the pens. Perimeter fencing is installed but the area is not secure due to gaps under the fence line (as a result of uneven terrain), overland waterflows, and movements of small animals. Owners are advised to choose appropriately for their dog.
ParkingThe closest parking lot to the area's walk-in entrance is the north BMC lot, but alternate parking is available in the south-east parking lot when the north lot is closed for BMC events (refer to site
map). When possible, the City communicates closure of the north lot via Facebook and
The Sunnidale Park DOLRA is located in a natural, rolling setting with earthen footpaths and is NOT wheelchair accessible. The DOLRA is double-gated with 4' high wire mesh fencing. Parking is available at the Dorian Parker Centre or along Sunnidale Road. The total off-leash area is 2.89 hectares (7.15 acres) in size.
Poison Ivy is a naturally occurring plant in the natural areas in Barrie. It is found in both off-leash areas.
Learn to recognize poison ivy and avoid it by staying on existing trails. The City uses herbicides to remove poison ivy and signs are posted to warn residents when spraying occurs.
Pit-Bull-type dogs must be leashed and muzzled at all times pursuant to the amended Dog Owner's Liability Act. Leash-free areas are not exempt from the Act. Pit Bull owners are liable to fines of up to $10,000 and imprisonment for up to 6 months for contraventions. Report unmuzzled or unleashed Pit Bull Type Dogs to City of Barrie Enforcement Services at (705) 739-4241.
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