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Leash Free Dog Parks

The City of St. Catharines offers residents two leash-free areas: Burgoyne Woods and Carol Disher Leash Free Dog Park at Catherine Street Park.

Both parks are open dawn to dusk.

To report damage to the parks, or if you have any questions, please call 905-688-5600

Dog Park Rules

  • Parks are used at your own risk
  • Users are subject to the Dog Owner's Liability Act
  • Dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the leash-free areas 
  • Burgoyne Woods - only dogs under 16" are allowed in the small dogs area
  • Keep dogs in sight and under verbal control
  • Children must be supervised
  • No food, glass or toys
  • Clean up after your dog
  • No puppies under four months old
  • No female dogs in heat
  • No sick dogs
  • No aggressive dogs or dogs requiring a muzzle

Dog park rules are also posted at both parks.

Dogs Running at Large

By-law 95-302, as amended, requires dog owners to ensure that their dog does not run at large within the limits of the City with the exception of the two leash-free areas. A dog is considered to be running at large if the dog is not on a leash held by a person or if the dog is not otherwise physically restrained. Leashes may be a maximum of 3 metres.

Dogs running at large are enforced by Niagara Region Animal Services Inc. Report dogs running at large to at 905.682.0767 or

Smoke-free Outdoor Spaces

Parks and playgrounds are now smoke-free. Call 905-688-8248 for info.


The Region of Niagara recently approved a smoke-free outdoor spaces by-law. This by-law applies to parks, playgrounds, sports fields, arenas and splash pads in St. Catharines, as well as other public recreation properties. The smoke-free outdoor spaces by-law is enforced by the Region's Tobacco Control Officers. For more information or to report a complaint, contact the Region's Tobacco Hotline.

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