The beautiful trails in the Comox Valley are perfect for dog walking. At Nymph Falls, and a large portion of Seal Bay and Wildwood Forest, leashing of pets is optional provided they are kept under control. From March 1 until May 20, dogs should be leashed at Goose Spit Park due to Brant geese migration.
The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) appreciates the efforts of responsible dog owners who visit both off-leash and leashed parks and trails within our region.
Leashing-Mandatory Comox Valley Parks
- Little River
- Barbara Road
- Lazo Wildlife
- Masters Wildlife
- One Spot
- Wildwood Marsh
- Royston Seaside Trail
- Bear Creek - hatchery trails (August 1 until December 31 due to salmon spawning)
- Goose Spit (March 1 until May 20 due to Brant geese migration)
- Seal Bay
- April, May and June: ALL TRAILS due to nesting and fawn season
- Year round: east side (water side) of Bates Rd and Swamp Loop
Leashing-Optional Comox Valley Parks
- Bear Creek (January 1 to July 31)
- Goose Spit (May 21 to Feb. 29)
- Royston to Cumberland Railway Trail
- Seal Bay (July 1 to March 30 except east side of Bates Road and Swamp Loop Trail)
- All other Comox Valley parks
What does 'Leashing Optional' mean?
In leashing optional park areas, dogs may walk off-leash as long as they are kept under control and:
- are on a travelled surface or trail and within 10 m (30 feet) of the person who has care and control of it
- are responsive and immediately return when called
- are not molesting, harassing or attacking any person or animal
Enforcement is by regular patrols by CVRD staff, security, park stewards and animal control officers. The enforcement no longer involves the SPCA.
A dangerous dog is defined as a dog that has killed or injured a person or a domestic animal. This also includes any dog which, when unprovoked, attacks, chases or approaches in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack. Dangerous dogs must be leashed and muzzled, and must be under the effective control of a person 16 years of age or older.
For more information, call 250-334-6000 or email.