Relocating Pets: A Guide to Nanaimo Vets, Dog Parks and Pet Stores
Are you moving to Nanaimo with a pet in tow?
Our pets are family members too and making sure they are happy in their new home helps with the transition. You need to know where to find the local vet, the animal hospital for emergencies, off-leash dog parks and pet supply stores.
Remember, all dogs must be on a leash in the City of Nanaimo with the exception of designated off-leash areas and private property.
24-Hour Emergency Animal Hospital
Off-Leash Dog Parks in Nanaimo
Nanaimo has twelve dog off-leash parks for exercising and socializing your dogs. After all, they need to make new friends too!
Remember to carry a leash at all times when you’re in the dog park and respect the park boundaries and posted rules. All dog parks have a supply of biodegradable doggie bags and a trash bin.
- Beban Park (entrance off Labieux Road)
- Cable Bay Trail (R.O.W. Nicola Road)
- Westwood Lake - designated area is located at the back of the park by the power lines only
- Colliery Dam Park - upper dam trail only
- Beaufort Park - grassy portion accessed off the Chelsea Road parking & tennis area
- Diver Lake Park - the field will be off-leash between October 1 & April 30. During the summer this area will be utilized as a sports field.
- St. George Ravine Park
- Inveremere Beach Park
- Forest next to May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park
- Wardropper Park
- Gallow's Point (Protection Island)
- Northfield Park (Parkway rest stop behind Visitor Info Kiosk)
Take Heed! No-Dog Areas
It's always good to remember where NOT to take the pooch, even with a leash. Here’s a list of areas where no dogs are allowed at any time:
- Sports Fields
- Pipers Lagoon between April - October
- Departure Bay Beach between May - September
- Buttertubs Marsh
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