14 off-leash dog beaches in Ontario

Finding the perfect spot where your dog can sprint, swim, and frolic off-leash is the dream.

When it comes to dog-friendly Ontario beaches, most beaches only allow dogs if they are on a leash AND only during the winter time. But there are a few incredible beaches sprinkled across Ontario where your pup can enjoy complete freedom, both in and out of the water – and during the summer to boot!

From the bustling Greater Toronto Area to the serene landscapes of Bruce, Grey, and Simcoe, let’s dive into some of the top spots where you can unleash the fun (quite literally)!

Southwestern Ontario

Long Point Provincial Park

You’ll find the warmest off-leash waters in all of Ontario at Long Point Provincial Park! The sand here is soft and lush, and there are plenty of shallow sandbanks for dogs to rest in the water to keep cool too. Perfect for puppies and dogs with little legs who don’t like to paddle too much!

Greater Toronto Area

Cherry Beach Off Leash Dog Park

Limone, a red and white corgi is sitting on the ground looking up at Maria, wearing a long blue coat and navy baseball cap, sitting on a bench. In the background is a scenic view of Toronto's skyline and some construction cranes.

Imagine a place that feels like you’re walking through cottage country but with city views. That’s Cherry Beach for you. It’s not just any dog park; it’s one of Toronto’s largest off-leash areas, boasting sandy beaches, shaded forest trails, and even concrete boardwalks in the designated off-leash area!

Etobicoke Valley Dog Park

Etobicoke Valley Dog Park - Maria and Limone playing in the shallow creek access with a rock beach

This is my top pick for a rugged hike without leaving the GTA. It’s Limone’s oasis and we hope it becomes yours too! With cliffs, open fields, and plenty of watering holes on Etobicoke Creek, it’s a paradise for off-leash exploration. There’s a small pebble beach too!

Kew-Balmy Beach

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Bruce, Grey and Simcoe

Innisfil Beach Park

Opened in 2023, the dog beach is on the far north end of Innisfil Beach Park, near the entrance of Crystal Beach Road.

Meaford Memorial Park Beach

Penetanguishene Rotary Park

Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley

Sharbot Lake Provincial Park

Algonquin Park, Muskoka and Parry Sound

Oastler Provincial Park

Want the freedom of off-leash in water, but the safety of on-leash play on land?
Then you might want to look for partially off-leash beaches in Ontario. These let dogs roam free in water, but they must be leashed once out.

Northeastern Ontario

Grundy Lake Provincial Park

Mikisew Provincial Park

Windy Lake Provincial Park

Windy Lake Provincial Park has the largest designated off-leash dog beach out of all provincial parks. The beach is next to the Reservable Day Use Beach (Beach 2). If you want to visit the pet recreation area, drive past the Beach 2 parking lot to head to the dedicated parking lot.

Northwest Ontario

Neys Provincial Park

Quetico Provincial Park

Map of off-leash dog beaches in Ontario


Wrapping up, Ontario is a treasure trove of dog beaches where your dogs can roam free. Whether you’re local to the GTA or venturing from other parts of Ontario, these beaches offer a slice of paradise where your pups can splash, play, and enjoy the great outdoors to their heart’s content.

So what are you waiting for? Leash up (or don’t – you don’t need to at these beaches!) and see you at the beaches! Happy beach days ahead, fur buddies!

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