Dog-owner dos and don’ts at Saanich parks, beaches kick in May 1

Only four out of Saanich’s 165 parks prohibit dogs from May to August

As the weather warms up and more people bring their dogs to Saanich parks and beaches, Saanich Pound is reminding pet owners of a few restrictions in place from May 1 to August 31.

During these months, dogs will be prohibited completely from the public beach at Cadboro-Gyro Park after 9 a.m.; Cordova Bay beach; Whitehead Park (located at north end of Prospect Lake); and Mount Douglas Park beach and some areas of the park.

There are also year-round leash restrictions on the perimeter trails at Cedar Hill Golf Course and Rithet’s Bog, and within 10 metres of playgrounds and on all public school grounds. Year-round dog bans apply to Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, Quick’s Bottom Park, the conservation area of Rithet’s Bog and within 50 metres of King’s Pond at Cedar Hill Park.

Dogs are also prohibited from any fenced baseball field from March 1 to October 31, and from artificial turf sports fields.

Pound officials point out  that only four out of Saanich’s 165 parks prohibit dogs from May to August.

To contact Saanich Pound with any questions, call 250-475-4321 or visit

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