Dog-Friendly Parks + Beaches
Kamloops has a lot of areas your four-legged friend will enjoy. Check out the mountain park trails, the sandy beaches or the dog only off-leash parks.
UNDER CONTROL OFF LEASH/NO FENCE PARKS
Pioneer Park Beach
On the South Thompson River, Pioneer Park is one of the only public beaches for your four legged friend. Walking distance from downtown makes this beach super accessible and very popular in the summer months. Pioneer Park is equipped with change rooms, washrooms, picnic tables and park benches. It's also a great beach for volleyball, football or fetch with fido. This park also has a boat launch but very limited trailer parking.
Overlander Park Beach
On the North Shore where the North and South Thompson meet is Overlander Beach Park. This beach in the summer months is the largest beach in the Kamloops core. This beach is dog friendly and perfect for the family. If your into sports this beach is also great for skim boarding, football, volleyball, soccer and more.
Kenna Cartwright Nature Park
Kenna Cartwright Nature Park is the largest accessible municipal park in BC, encompassing almost 800 hectares of land. The park offers over 40kms of trails of varying difficulties that are used by walkers, dogs, hikers, mountain bikers, and families. The park offers many stunning panoramic views of Kamloops throughout the park as well as a number of picnic areas for families. Kenna is a great park for any time of the year, for any level of hiker, and is off-leash dog friendly.
Peterson Creek Nature Park
Peterson Creek Nature Park is another great city park. It encompasses almost 100 hectares and features over 30 kms of trails. These trails vary in difficulty and many offer spectacular city views! There is a picnic area at the downtown entrance to the park if families wish to take a break or have a nice lunch. These trails tend to be less used in the winter months as they can become very icy. This park is used by hikers, dog walkers, and mountain bikers. Most trails are either climbing up or down the ravine, so be sure any of your hiking buddies are up to the task. The park is off-leash dog friendly, just please remember to pick up after your dog.
Battle Bluff is a longer trail through some pine trees and grasslands with a steeper rocky section closer to the top. Be rewarded with panoramic views of Kamloops Lake and Thompson River Valley and maybe an amazing sunset.
Lac du Bois Grasslands Park
On the North side of the Thompson River, above Batchelor Hills is the Lac du Bois Grasslands. This area is a vast space of grasslands with hiking/biking trails open to the public. The left side of the road heading into the park is non-motorized vehicles only, while the right side of the road is permitted for use of motorized recreation vehicles.
Valleyview Nature Park (map)
A lesser known park in Kamloops, the Valleyview Nature Park offers residents a different kind of park. These trails are mostly out in the open, high above on the silt bluffs of Valleyview. The park is right beside the Kamloops Bike Ranch, so be mindful of riders on the trails, and try to stay off biking trails.
Dallas-Barnhartvale Nature Park (map)
The Dallas-Barnhartvale Nature Park is another lesser known park in our area. It does not have as many trails as Kenna Cartwright Park or Peterson Creek Park, but it is still an excellent park! There are a variety of trails of varying difficulties and there are some fantastic viewpoints above the Dallas area.
Rose Hill Park
This park is a open area for dogs to run free.
Westsyde Cenntenial Dog Park
This park is an off-leash area on the NE side of the dyke only.
Mission Flats Nature Park
This is an open area with plenty of beach for your dog to run.
Under Control/off-leash Fenced Parks
Aberdeen Hills Dog Park (map)
This park has benches, separate fenced-in area for small dogs, water, bag dispensers,
Juniper Dog Park (map)
This park has water, bag dispensers
Ord Road Dog Exercise Park (map)
The Largest fenced off-leash dog park in Kamloops. This park has benches, water and bag dispensers
River Street Dog Park (map)
This is a small downtown Kamloops fenced dog park right beside the South Thompson River
For a full list of dog-friendly city parks go to the City of Kamloops Website.