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Dog Off-Leash Recreation Areas

Barrie has two Dog Off-Leash Recreation areas (DOLRAs), located at the Barrie Molson Centre and Sunnidale Park. Park features and user guidelines are below.

Barrie Molson Centre DOLRA

Secure Fenced Areas

The BMC DOLRA (map) 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 Area

Dogs 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. Caution: watch for poison ivy.


Dog owners can park in the north BMC parking lot to access the walk-in entrance. Alternate parking is available in the south-east parking lot when the north parking lot is closed for BMC events (refer to site map). When possible, the City communicates closure of the north lot via Facebook and Twitter.

Sunnidale Park DOLRA

The Sunnidale Park DOLRA (map) 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

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 of Barrie uses herbicides to remove poison ivy and signs are posted to warn residents when spraying occurs. For more information please click here.

Future Off-Leash Recreational Areas

The City of Barrie is assessing sites for potential DOLRA locations in Barrie.  A DOLRA is defined as an area which has been set aside for residents to exercise their dogs off-leash without being in contravention of municipal by-laws.  A DOLRA allows dog owners to exercise and socialize with their animals in a protected environment.

User Guidelines

  1. These are NOT supervised facilities. People and dogs visiting the DOLRA do so at their own risk.
  2. Owners will be held liable for all actions of their dogs.
  3. Dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the off-leash areas.
  4. Owners must be present, with a leash for each dog, and in view of their dog(s) at all times.
  5. Aggressive dogs are not permitted in the off-leash area. Owners will be prosecuted and are liable for all damages and injuries subject to the provisions of the Dog Owners' Liability Act.
  6. All dogs must have a current license and rabies vaccination. Dog licenses must be affixed to the dog.
  7. Dog feces must be picked up and disposed of by the owner in the receptacles provided.
  8. No more than two dogs per owner within the DOLRA area.  Unattended dogs that are tied up outside the DOLRA are not permitted.
  9. No people-food, breakables, spiked or chain link collars permitted in the off-leash area.
  10. All dogs must be leashed outside of the DOLRA while in Sunnidale Park as per City of Barrie Animal Control By-Law.
  11. DOLRA not recommended for children under the age of 18.  The parent or guardian is advised to closely supervise their children at all times.
  12. This park is for the enjoyment of people and their canine pets.  No other animals allowed.

Pit Bull Type Dog Owners

Pit Bull Type Dogs must be leashed and muzzled at all times pursuant to the amended Dog Owner's Liability Act, R.S.O. 1990. 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 Municipal Law Enforcement at (705) 739-4241.

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