Dog Off-Leash Recreation Areas

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 Dog Off-Leash Recreation Areas (DOLRAs). The City is assessing locations for potential additional sites. As details become available they will be included on this webpage.

Caution: Poison Ivy

Poison ivy is a naturally occurring plant within naturalized areas, and may be found 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 trails. The City uses herbicides to remove poison ivy. Signs are posted when spraying occurs.

    Bayview Drive DOLRA

    Located at 555 Bayview Drive.

    Sunnidale Park DOLRA

    Rules & Guidelines

    • These are not supervised facilities.
    • People and dogs visiting the DOLRA do so at their own risk.
    • Owners will be held liable for all actions of their dogs.
    • Dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the off-leash areas.
    • Owners must be present, with a leash for each dog, and in view of their dog(s) at all times.
    • Aggressive dogs are not permitted. Owners will be prosecuted and are liable for all damages and injuries subject to the provisions of the Dog Owners' Liability Act.
    • All dogs must be wearing current registration tags and have up-to-date rabies vaccination.
    • Dog feces must be picked up and disposed of by the owner in the receptacles provided.
    • No more than two dogs per owner within the DOLRA area.
    • Unattended dogs that are tied up outside the DOLRA are not permitted.
    • No people-food, breakables, spiked or chain link collars are permitted in the off-leash area.
    • All dogs must be leashed outside of the DOLRA as per the Animal Control By-Law.
    • DOLRAs are not recommended for children under the age of 18. The parent/guardian is advised to closely supervise children at all times.
    • This park is for the enjoyment of people and their canine pets. No other animals allowed.
    • Pit bull-type dogs must be leashed and muzzled at all times pursuant to the amended Dog Owners' 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 Enforcement Services at (705) 739-4241