Does your Dog Need a Place to Run?
For your information
Canine Parvovirus has been identified in London recently as well as several other
municipalities. Parvovirus is highly contagious and fatal if not treated.
The City of London is suggesting all pet owners ensure their dogs are up to
date with their vaccinations. Also, pet owners must recognize that if their
dogs are not vaccinated, they are not permitted to use
City of London
Off-leash Dog Parks.
Use the link to find out what steps
you can take to protect your pet from this viral disease
which is spread by fecal-oral transmission.
Off-leash Dog Parks
Dog owners in London have access to three off-leash parks to exercise
and socialize with their animal. Off-leash areas are clearly delineated
by fencing or boundary signs. They are open year round, from 6 a.m. until
10 p.m. (or dusk). Every user is responsible to clean up after their
Rules of the off-leash area
For the good functioning of the off-leash area, users are required to
respect the following rules:
- Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- All Dogs MUST have up to date vaccinations, rabies
shots and license tags required
- Use the off-leash area at your own risk
- Leash your dog while entering and exiting
- Keep your dog within sight and under verbal control
- Clean up after your dog
- Do not allow your dog to chase wildlife
- No puppies under 4 months, female dogs in heat, sick dogs or
- Dogs required by law to be leashed and muzzled must remain so while in
the off-leash area
- No glass containers, food or toys
- Children MUST be supervised by an adult AT ALL TIMES
- Parents are advised this site is NOT suitable for young children
- Off-leash area users are subject to the Dog Owners’ Liability Act
Pottersburg-FIDO Off-leash Area
London’s first off-leash area, and also the largest, is located within
Pottersburg Park. It can be accessed from Hamilton Road at Gore Road.
This off-leash area has a completely fenced section and an open section
delineated by boundary signs. Both sections offer trails through
naturalized areas. There is also a separate area for small dogs. Site
amenities include parking, double-gated entrances, garbage container,
picnic tables and benches, rule sign, bulletin board, and portable
toilet. Please be considerate of other park users and leash your dog if
you are using the paved Thames Valley Parkway outside of the designated area.
Stoney Creek Off-leash Area
London’s second largest off-leash park is located within Stoney Creek
Meadows, on Adelaide Street North at Windermere Road. Surrounded by
trees and meadows, this off-leash area is completely fenced and offers
an open area and trails through a naturalized area. There is also an
area for small dogs, with a separate entrance from the parking lot. Site
amenities include parking, double-gated entrances, garbage containers,
benches, rule sign, bulletin board, and a portable toilet. Please be
considerate of wildlife and other park users and leash your dog when
outside of the fenced area. This area is located in the floodplain and
is subject to flooding.
Greenway Off-leash Area
London’s newest off-leash park is located within Greenway Park.
The off-leash area can be accessed from Greenside Avenue off of Springbank
Drive. Greenside Avenue makes a bend to the left, towards the
Greenway Pollution Control Plant (PCP). Make a right before the PCP,
carefully follow the driveway along the river, and the off-leash area
will be on your left just after the PCP. This off-leash area is completely
fenced and offers an open area and trails through a naturalized area.
There is also an area for small dogs, with a separate entrance and
parking lot. Site amenities include parking, double-gated entrances,
garbage containers, benches, rule sign, bulleting board, and a portable
toilet. Other activities in Greenway Park include soccer fields, a
Saturn Playground, a picnic area with a viewing platform onto the Thames
River, and a butterfly garden. Please be considerate of other park users
and leash your dog when outside of the fenced area.
To report any maintenance concerns, vandalism, or misuse of the
off-leash areas, please call the City of London:
- During office hours, 519 661-2500 ext. 4570
- After hours and week-ends (emergencies only), 519 661-2500 ext. 4965
London Dog Owners Association
The London Dog Owners Association (LDOA) is our community partner in
developing new off-leash areas and taking care of the existing dog
parks. Their Watch Dog team of dedicated volunteers keeps an eye on what
goes on in the parks, whether it is to remind users of the rules or
notify the City about garbage pick-up. Once a year, they organize a
spring clean up in each of the park. They also organize various events
throughout the year. To get more information on LDOA or to help out,
please visit their website at