Service Barrie (705) 726-4242ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca
In the event of an incident, please call
Municipal Law Enforcement at (705) 739-4241.
Dog Owners' Liability Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. D.16 (ontario.ca)
Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
Staff Report: Dog Water Access (Jan. 2019)
These areas allow 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 locations for potential additional sites. As details become available they will be included on this webpage.
This DOLRA offers two separate, fenced areas. One .25-acre area is reserved for small dogs up to a maximum weight limit of 30 pounds. The other 1.8-acre area is open to all dogs regardless of size/weight.
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.
Please note: There will be limited access to the DOLRA and Sadlon Arena parking lot starting Monday, May 30, 2022 until the morning of Friday, June 3, 2022 for an event. Residents can access the DOLRA through the farthest North gate on Bayview Drive during these times. The closest parking lot to the area's walk-in entrance is the north arena lot, but alternate parking is available in the south-east parking lot when the north lot is closed for arena events.
When possible, the City communicates closure of the north lot via Facebook and
The Sunnidale Park DOLRA is 7.15 acres of natural, rolling setting with earthen footpaths. The area is NOT wheelchair accessible. The DOLRA is double-gated with 4' high wire mesh fencing. In 2020 the City completed upgrades to trails, added two permanent bridges and new benches, and coordinated the regeneration and restoration of vegetation and soil.
Parking is available at the Dorian Parker Centre lot,
227 Sunnidale Road, along Sunnidale Road, and at the
Coulter Street parking lot.
Poison ivy is a naturally occurring plant within the City's naturalized areas. It may befound in both off-leash areas. Oil transferred from the plant to other objects (such as pet fur) can also cause a rash if it comes into contact with skin. Please 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.
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