Phone: (705) 726-4242
In the event of an incident, please call Municipal Law Enforcement at 705-739-4241.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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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