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The Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in Kelowna, BC | 6 Dog Parks For Off-Leash Swimming

Jessie Rivest

Jessie started as our Marketing & Listings Coordinator in 2019...

Jessie started as our Marketing & Listings Coordinator in 2019...

Jul 12 4 minutes read


Looking for a park for your furry friend to swim in beautiful Kelowna, BC?

The Okanagan is full of regional parks, trails, and beaches, but since not all of them allow dogs, we’ve rounded up the best off-leash beaches in Kelowna and West Kelowna.

Open hours for Kelowna’s dog parks and dog beaches are open between 6am and 10pm.


Image source: Google Maps

1.   Cedar Creek Park - The Best Kelowna Dog Beach

Located off the beaten path at 5205 Lakeshore Rd, Cedar Creek is the biggest dog beach in Kelowna with hiking trails and gorgeous views of the mountains and Okanagan Lake.

With a long waterfront and a spacious off-leash field, your four legged friend can run, bark, and make new pals all day.

Bring good footwear because the beach area is quite rocky.

Google Map: Cedar Creek Dog Park


2.   Gellatly Dog Beach, West Kelowna

Gellatly Dog Beach waterfront park has a sandy beach that’s divided into separate leash on and leash off sections.

There’s free parking, picnic tables, washroom facilities, and doggie bags to keep the park pristine.

Parking is located on Gellatly Rd near Boucherie Rd in West Kelowna, BC.

Google Map: Gellatly Dog Beach

3.   Poplar Point Off Leash Dog Beach

Located immediately North of Sutherland Bay Park at 589 Poplar Point Dr, this sandy waterfront park has a fenced off area for dogs, and a wedge of shade from the on site willow tree.

Google Map: Poplar Point Off Leash Dog Area


4. Bear Creek Provincial Park Dog Beach

The north side of Bear Creek Park’s beach is a lesser-known off leash area with plenty of room for dogs to chase ducks or prance across the log booms.

Bear Creek’s dog zone is a great place to visit after hiking the nearby trail network in Bear Creek Park or if you’re staying at the campsite.


Google Maps image showing the location of the dog-friendly swim area at Bear Creek Park, Central Okanagan

Google Map: Parking near the dog area at Bear Creek Provincial Park


Image source: Google Maps

5.   117 Lake Avenue Beach Access

Known by locals as “mushroom beach,” this sandy waterfront park has plenty of space for dogs to play and ample shade from the weeping willows.

117 Lake Avenue Beach Access is an off-leash dog park located next to Kelowna City Park and the William Bennett Bridge. To get there, take the underground pedestrian and bike tunnel via City Park.

This is a popular park space for locals - with and without dogs - and gets quite busy some evenings.

Google Map: Lake Avenue Dog Off-leash Beach


Image source: Google Maps

6. Downtown Sails Dog Beach

The Downtown Sails Dog area is a tiny waterfront park located between City Park and the Yacht Club, right next to the Kelowna Sails statue.

There’s not much roaming space, but it’s the only place for your pooch to swim downtown besides Lake Avenue. Designated off-leash hours are posted on site.

A few restaurants and coffee shops on Bernard Avenue like the Bean Scene have doggy drinking bowls and dog-friendly outdoor patios.

Google Map showing the Downtown Sails Doggo Zone

Google Map: Downtown Sails Dog area

For a full list of Kelowna’s leash dog parks, off leash dog parks, and dog trails, check the Central Okanagan Regional District website or the City of Kelowna’s parks map.

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