Dog Walking

Please review our COVID-19 FAQs that will help you prepare for your visit to our Conservation Areas during the pandemic.

Get outdoors and explore local Conservation Areas. Otonabee Conservation offers a few reminders about enjoying the outdoors in the company of your dog (or dogs) while walking/hiking the scenic trails.

“To keep the dog safe, it must be kept on a leash and be in the care, control and custody of its owner or guardian at all times,” says Manager of Conservation Lands, Jessie James, “Remember that conservation areas are natural spaces in the countryside, with native wildlife and terrain that may be unfamiliar. They are also home to species at risk that are actually in danger when a dog is loose.”

Please keep your dog on a leash to show consideration for other visitors who may be afraid or uncomfortable around wandering dogs.

Responsible pet owners are asked to ‘stoop and scoop’ after their dogs.

“It’s as simple as taking a plastic bag along with you on your hike so that you can ‘stoop and scoop’ after your pet,” reminds James.

Otonabee Conservation is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, providing public access to over 270 conservation areas across Ontario. Under the Conservation Authorities Act, Regulation 128, there are specific rules that address animals on Conservation Authority properties. The rules are in place to protect the natural environment, ensure the safe operation of the area, and ensure that visitors and their pets have a safe and enjoyable experience.