Dogs love it here. There's a lot of water to swim in, undeveloped land with rabbits to chase, smelly trails, and lots of other dogs to play with.
The city publishes a handy document describing all kinds of dog- and animal-related stuff (see examples below). Here it is: Animals in Our Community
However, having a dog in the city requires a sense of social responsibility. Remember, not everyone thinks our dogs' habits are as lovable as we think they are.
And while every responsible dog owner is 99.9% certain that our dog would never go berzerk and bite a toddler's face, well, none of us would argue that that should be up to each owner's discernment. So there are simply rules for everyone to follow — which really is too bad, for the nice dogs.
There are a few off-leash areas for dogs in the Nanaimo area.
We also discussed this on our forum - Off-leash in Nanaimo
Got any more tips on places to walk your dog off-leash in Nanaimo? Please let us know!
BC Ferries allows pedestrian passengers to bring dogs on the ferry, but the animal is required to stay on the car deck, tied up. We don't know if they require that the owner stay below with their furry friend, but we would hope that the owner would do so anyway, for the dog's sake.
Nanaimo Kennel Club
Meets at Beban Park
An inclusive, non-profit organization offering classes for members and the public in obedience, show handling, agility, flyball and rally obedience. Their annual dog show is in June at Beban Park.
SPCA Nanaimo & District
2200 Labieux Road
Westwood Boarding Kennels
170 Westwood Rd - by the Parkway, off Jinglepot Rd
Little Rascals Kennels & Grooming
6516 Doumont, Lantzville (near the Black bear Pub)
Michael Lake Kennel
Located in Yellowpoint, 10 min from the airport
Nanaimo Animal Shelter
1260 Nanaimo Lakes Road
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5P4
Ministry of Land, Water, and Air Protection
(Conservation Officer - Wild Animals)
2080A Labieux Road - (250) 751-3100
After Hours: emergency only - 1-800-663-9453