Here at Dashboard, we are big fans of furry companions, but living conditions in Toronto and allergies often get in the way of owning a dog of our very own. With spring just around the corner, more and more people will be coming out of their houses and condos with dogs. Here are the top 5 places for someone (like me) to enjoy the outdoors and the company of four-legged friends in Toronto.
Located on the east end of Toronto, Cherry Beach is easily accessed by the TTC and has an off-leash area for dogs. The park is surrounded by marshland and isn’t over-developed. If you turned your back to the cityscape, you could pretend you were out of the city for the afternoon.
2. High Park
One of the more popular parks in Toronto, High Park will take more than just an afternoon to explore. There’s a pond, gardens, a mini-zoo and tons of sports areas for you to take your pup with you. Need I say more?
Located in Toronto’s downtown area, it hosts one of my favourite events of the year, the outdoor art show that’s a part of the Queen West Art Crawl in September. The perfect time of the day to visit Trinity Bellwoods is in the late afternoon when you could sit in the shade of the trees and people/dog watch as they come and go while the sun sets.
Tucked away in Toronto’s Harbourfront area, Pawsway has Canada’s first pets-allowed indoor eatery as well as a large indoor off-leash area perfect for Toronto winters. It’s dog-walking at its finest.
I have a personal affinity for this park as it’s almost in my backyard. Hidden within Forest Hill and connected to the Nordheimer Ravine, I’ve often gone for walks in this park and stopped to look at all the different dogs who are enjoying their off-leash freedom and new friends.