The Gold Bar Off-Leash Area, on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, provides a safe space where your dogs can enjoy their time off-leash. The riverside trails are excellent areas for you and your pooch to explore together. Accessible all year round, you get stunning views, especially during fall when the foliage starts to change.
Not only are the aesthetics impressive, but your dogs will also love running and rolling on the leaves. You have to be careful though as the area is not fenced. The small field along Highway 2 at Sixth Street is a good stopping route on the way to Steven's Pass.
Keep in mind that the area is right next to the highway where cars and sometimes big rigs pass by so you must have your dog under verbal and hand signs at all times because you certainly don’t want them going to the other direction. The other side of the park has the river and the railroad tracks so your pet dog should not be fearful of loud noises.
One of the best things about this area for dogs is that it is wheelchair accessible so if you have family members with disabilities who would also like to spend some time with their four-legged furballs, they will not have trouble getting into the area. There are plenty of joggers and cyclists on the trail so make sure that your dog is good with that. The river banks can also be a little high so be careful if you have a smaller dog.
You can park at Rundle, Capilano Park or Gold Bar, depending on how far you want to walk. There are lots of gorgeous vistas, and you can also walk across the pedestrian bridges. Do you part as a responsible citizen and pick up after your dog. Nobody wants to be in a car with a dog that smells like poo.