Ottawa is one of my favorite cities. Being a professional Labrador Retriever breeder, we have placed many Labrador Retriever puppies in Ottawa and have also played a lot of hockey there too! In fact on average one family per litter makes the trip to our home to pick up their puppy and return Ottawa.
Ottawa has a great number of dog parks in the City and surrounding area, some of which allow dogs on leash, some allow dogs off leash, and some do not allow dogs at all. There is an excellent resource on the city's website in the form of an interactive map. The parks are classified by
1. Dark Green, means dogs allowed
2. Light green, dogs on leash allowed
3. Orange, mixed use park
4. Red, means no dogs allowed
5. Purple, means it is a park which has not been designated.
Simply follow this link and mouse over the different coloured sections to see what type of dog park you are looking at.
Our favorite places to let our Ottawa chocolate labs off leash to run and play are Bruce Pit and Conroy Pit. These are former sand pits owned by the National Capital Commission that are located on opposite sides of the city (one West and one East). Both are off leash parks and have a variety of terrain for your dog such as woods, fields and trails that you can explore year round.
It's important to note that these parks are not surrounded by a secure fence and it is possible that if your Labrador Retriever puppy will not respond to you recalling him/her, that they may run off with a newly found friend. These parks are very popular so be sure your puppy is trained adequately to respond, old enough to mingle with dogs who you do not know are vaccinated and will play nicely with others. If not, you may end up getting more exercise than they do!
If you would like to become a member of our Labrador Retriever Puppies Ottawa club click the link below to see our availability.