Free or inexpensive places to take your dog - Toronto

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High Park

As one of Toronto’s largest parks, High Park is a vast preserve of natural beauty which is perfect for letting your furry friend roam to their heart’s desire. Easily accessible from Bloor St. and Parkside Dr. in the heart of Toronto, High Park is open 24 hours and has plenty of parking. There are also lots of tables, benches, restrooms, and “doggie bag” dispensers for cleaning up after your dog.

Cherry Beach Dog Park

A popular dog park by the lake, Cherry Beach Dog Park is located at the foot of Cherry Street just west of the Don Valley Parkway. Parking is plentiful and free either on the streets or further up by the T&T Supermarket. There is a large fenced up off-leash area with hours of operation Monday - Fridays no restrictions, but on weekends between July 1 and September 15 prior to 10am and after 8pm.

Lansdowne Park

Although somewhat smaller and a bit off the beaten trail, Lansdowne Park is the perfect spot for letting your dog get some fresh air. Located at 419 Lansdowne Avenue, the park is accessible 24 hours a day. Furthermore, the park is securely fenced, allowing you peace of mind while your pet runs freely. There are also plenty of bag dispensers for cleaning up.

Allan Gardens

Convenient for downtown pet owners because it is located between College and Gerrard, and bordered by Jarvis and Sherbourne. The park is open for access 24 hours which includes the fenced in off-leash area with dog themed sculptures.


Pawsway is a unique destination for both you and your pet. The animal-friendly center features plenty of entertainment for pets and their owners, including pet museums and educational exhibits for pet parents. Located at the harbor front on Queen’s Way West, Pawsway is the perfect place for your dog to get tons of interaction with other furry friends, including cats. The center holds a number of events throughout the week, including obedience classes and “puppy kindergarten.”

Cosmopawlitan Pet Boutique and Spa - Queen's Quay, Toronto

Comsopawlitan Pet Boutique full service dog and cat grooming, pet care and a retail selection of dog and cat products. Events include fashion shows, pet adoption, Halloween parties, Christmas parties and other pet socials.

Pawfect Spa

If your dog is in need of some TLC, Pawfect Spa may just fit the bill. This full service dog grooming and salon outlet has two convenient locations on Willowdale Avenue and Avenue Road. Their services include a full complement of grooming packages, including nail clipping, ear cleaning, and shampooing and conditioning. Your dog is sure to love their massage baths, too.

Sunnybrook Park

Sunnybrook Park is a sprawling expanse of nature located conveniently close to the downtown area, with primary access from Leslie St. and Ellington Avenue East. Sunnybrook has ample tables and benches, and a dedicated area for letting dogs run off-leash. If your pal is up for some exercise, there are plenty of wooded walking trails throughout Sunnybrook. The park is accessible 24 hours a day and has plenty of doggie bags.

Paws to the Park

Sometimes it is unavoidable that pet owners cannot give their furry pals the exercise or stimulation they need. Fortunately, Paws to the Park of Toronto comes to the rescue. This organization boasts a number of useful services, including dog walks in numerous Toronto Parks, pet sitting, and even a pet taxi which can get your dog to and from grooming or vet appointments.

Craigleigh Gardens

Located on South Drive in the heart of Toronto, Craigleigh Gardens is a convenient place to give your pooch some fresh air and off-leash exercise. The park is open 24 hours a day, but off-leash times are limited to 6 am to 10 am and 6 pm to 10 pm. Taking your friend to Craigleigh during these times is a great way to get some healthy interaction with other dogs. Because Craigleigh isn’t too big, there’s no need to worry about losing sight of your dog.

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