Dogs in City Parks

Dogs are welcome in many City of North Vancouver parks. Dogs walked in the City of North Vancouver must be on a leash when walked in most areas. Leash-optional areas are posted and currently include Lynnmouth, Mosquito Creek West, Mahon, Waterfront North, and Kings Mill Walk parks; and the dog plaza at E 8th St and Lonsdale Ave.

 Dogs in City Parks | City of North Vancouver

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Responsible Dog Ownership

All dog owners are encouraged to be responsible dog owners

Dog Licencing

Annual dog licences are mandatory in the City and are a proven, cost-effective method to assist in returning lost dogs to their owners. Renew or purchase new dog licences online using CityServe or at City Hall. Learn more on our Dog Licences & Renewals page

Dog Waste

No one wants to deal with another creature's poop. Visit our Dog Waste page to find locations of our 'Got Poop' bins and other ways to deal with dog waste.

Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering is encouraged to reduce unwanted pet populations. 

Dogs and the Natural Environment

Protect park habitat and wildlife by keeping dogs out of creeks, streams and ponds, and from from chasing any animals, including birds. Stick to trails to prevent soil erosion and to protect native vegetation.

Dog Etiquette

Take a moment to understand these signs so you can follow them in City parks:

Leash optional
Ensure you have control of your dog at all times

Dogs on-leash

Dogs prohibited
Know where dogs are not permitted *

Owners must pick up dog waste
There's no such thing as a Poo Fairy.

Take a bag, leave a bag

* Dogs aren't permitted on playgrounds, picnic areas, playing fields, beaches, fitness circuits, running tracks, golf courses, bowling greens, tennis courts, or in the North Vancouver cemetery. For more information please review Parks Regulation Bylaw 6611.

Dog Violations & Fines

Violation Fine
Failure to Affix Licence Tag $ 60
Dog at Large $ 60
Unmuzzled Vicious Dog $ 400
Unconfined Vicious Dog $ 400
Leaving Excrement $ 60
Unlicenced Dog $ 60

Dog Tax & Regulation Bylaw

To ensure the safety of the public and their pets, the City approved a Dog Tax and Regulation Bylaw. Under the bylaw, every owner of an animal that is defined as vicious is encouraged to take proper command of their pet at all times. Failure to do so will result in higher license fees, fines and/or related costs (e.g. pound fees).

Animal Control Services

Day & Time Contact Number
Monday to Friday (8:30 am - 5 pm) 604 982-8302
After Hours 604 607-1651

Find information about the City's Animal Control services.


Any issues related to wildlife should be referred to the Conservation Office at 1-877-952-7277.

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