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City Hall, 2nd Floor
50 Church St.
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 7C2

Tel: 905.688.5600

TTY: 905.688.4TTY (4889)


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Leash Free Dog Parks

The City of St. Catharines has two leash-free dog parks:

  1. Burgoyne Woods - 70 Edgedale Rd.
  2. Carol Disher Leash Free Dog Park - 69 Catherine St. (corner of Russell Avenue and Catherine Street)

To report damage to the parks, or if you have any questions or concerns, please call 905.688.5600

Dog Park Rules

  • Both parks are open dawn to dusk.

  • 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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