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Dog. A man's best friend, a girls friend for life. Young or old, these fuzzy friends touch us on such a deep level and sometimes we forget to acknowledge how much we need their unconditional love and companionship. This is a little tribute to those four legged friends who give all of their time and joi de vivre!

 

In the wake of the controversial pathway proposal for Dallas Road, it brings to mind what is important to Buyers when it comes to location proximity to dog friendly areas. Is a dog friendly park or trails important to where you buy your home? Here are some pooch friendly spots to hit up this long weekend!

 

Alexander Park
Off Leash times: 6am-10am & 4pm-10pm

Great little park for the pooches that like to run after a ball, again and again and again. It is a mixed-use park with baseball diamonds and green space but a good spot to practice obedience or fetch with your pup!

 

Redfern Park
Off Leash times: 6am-10am & 4pm-10pm

In the heart of Oak Bay, this is a park for your furry friends as well as for your little kidlettes! Just remember that dogs can't play on the play structures.

 

Clover Point/Dallas Rd
Daily – Year Round

Fence-free! Come and check out all shapes, sizes and styles of the dogs strutting up and down along Dallas Road. You're sure to not be disappointed by the turn out. A busy spot for dogs and people alike but great for socialization or a dip in the ocean. Have you ever watched the dogs running through the tall grass?! Its a mix of african safari meets jumping into a deep snow bank. You think that you've lost your dog to see it pounce out like a gazelle before disappearing again!

 

MacCauley Point
Daily – Year Round (Fleming Beach near the parking lot is leash optional between November 1st and May1st)

Want a little history and a great view while your pooch gets some exercise? Macaulay Point began as a Hudson Bay farm, then became part of Fort Macaulay and is now a great off-leash dog park! There are a number of trails throughout the park along with spectacular ocean/mountain views and the old military bunkers and lookouts make for a great game of hide and seek with your pup!

 

Highrock Park
Daily – Year Round
Highrock Park is in the heart of Esquimalt and offers 360 degree views of downtown Victoria, surrounding hills and Olympic mountains. On a clear day, Mt. Bakers makes a stunning appearance – especially at sunrise! It is the highest point of land in Esquimalt and offers pooches some open fields for running around as well as a number of trails leading to the summit for a morning cardio workout.

 

Banfield Park
Summer: April 1- September 30; 6am – 9am & 5pm-10pm
Winter: October 1 – March 31; 6am – 10pm

Looking for a water view while walking your pooch? Look no further. You can have an afternoon enjoying the beauty of what Vic West has to offer. The Selkirk waterway, mature trees and landscaping are just a few of the lovely features to peruse while chilling with your best four legged friend!

 

Island View Beach Regional Park
Dogs are prohibited from the beach between Jun 15 - Sept 15

Looking for a sandy beach for your loveable mutt to bury his nose into, roll around and play a good ol’ fashioned game of stick toss with the option to dive into that salty ocean?! This is the place for you! Bring a book, a blanket and a whole lot of time because your pooch won’t want to leave any time soon!

 

There are more out there.  Let us know your favorite spot to take your poochand, have an amazing long weekend!

 

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