Tri-Canal Estates is a pocket community of midsize homes located at the southern tip of the McKay Bay Trail. The neighborhood takes its name from the three canals that come together at one corner of the area. The majority of the houses are located in cul-de-sacs and have large, suburban-sized yards.
Walking around the area can be challenging as there are no sidewalks but you can easily take your pup and hit the McKay Bay Trail. It will take you all the way to Palm River alongside the shrubbery and wetlands next to McKay Bay. The majority of the businesses in the area are light industrial and you will need to drive to find places to eat, dog parks, and pet supply stores. But, when you have the kind of weather everyone enjoys here in the Tampa area, all you really want to do is use your pup as an excuse to get out into the fresh air.
The terrain within the bounds of Tri-Canal Estates is typically flat, but the last thing you really want to do is to restrict your walks to nothing more than around the cul-de-sacs. All along the McKay Bay Trail, there are side trails running off to the shores of McKay Bay where you and your dog can explore to your heart's content. At the same time, if you have a very young puppy or an elderly dog with joint issues, you may find the flat terrain here a blessing. There are plenty of streets taking you into neighboring communities.
One thing you will enjoy, no matter what streets you happen to be cruising down, is the many shade trees you and your pup will find along the way. They offer refuge from the summer sun, giving both of you a chance to cool off a little before heading on your way again.
Those who are lucky enough to live in the Tri-Canal Estates area have access to plenty of green space in the form of the area to the west of the McKay Bay Trail where wildlands are used to separate the trail from the shores of McKay Bay. The area has a number of trails threading through the flora, some of which can take you all the way down to the water.
If you follow the McKay Bay Trail to its northern end and then follow the shoreline, you should come to Palm River Park. Here, you will find basketball courts, softball fields, and plenty of grass for you and your pup to run around on. However, since this is also a playing field for kids, be sure you clean up any messes your pup happens to leave behind. Doing so will help the parks in the Greater Tampa area dog-friendly, giving you plenty of places to play.