Dog Walking in the Greenbelt

Photo of a man and woman walking with their leashed dog
Walk your dog in the Greenbelt

In Ottawa’s Greenbelt, you can take your leashed dog on most trails. There are also many places where you can bring your dog without a leash. Dogs are not allowed on any Greenbelt trails in the winter (Dec 1 to April 14). There are also 12 kilometres of trails where dogs are not permitted at any time of year, for conservation reasons.

Leashed dogs are welcome on the Capital Pathway at any time of year.

Walking Leashed Dogs on Greenbelt Trails

April 15 to November 30

You may walk your leashed pet on most Greenbelt trails managed by the NCC. There are, however, some trails where dogs are prohibited. In most areas, these restrictions are for conservation reasons.

December 1 to April 14

In winter, dogs are not allowed on any Greenbelt trails. The trails are reserved for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Walking Leashed Dogs on Greenbelt Pathways

You can walk your leashed dog on the Capital Pathway at any time of year. In the Greenbelt, these paths are:

  • Greenbelt Pathway East
  • Greenbelt Pathway West
  • Watts Creek Pathway

Off-Leash Areas in the Greenbelt

Throughout the year, you can let your dog run free at the two off-leash dog areas in the Greenbelt. These are located at Bruce Pit (P12) and Conroy Pit (P17).

Greenbelt Areas Where Dogs Are Not Permitted

Dogs are not permitted at any time on the following trails, organized by area.

Shirleys Bay

No dogs are allowed on the Shoreline Trail.

Stony Swamp

No dogs are allowed on the following trails:

  • Jack Pine Trail
  • Beaver Trail and Chipmunk Trail
  • Sarsaparilla Trail
  • Old Quarry Trail

Mer Bleue

No dogs are allowed on the following trails:

  • Mer Bleue Boardwalk
  • Dewberry Trail
  • Carlsbad Springs

Pine Grove

No dogs are allowed on the Equestrian Trail.

Facilities
Washrooms There are outhouses by many Greenbelt trails.
Parking Parking in the Greenbelt is free and available year-round.

Those who do not comply with the animal regulations may be fined.

For more information on the Greenbelt, see the Greenbelt’s visitor information.