Leash Before You Beach: Clarification of regulations surrounding dogs at Willows Beach and McNeill Bay

September 17, 2021

LEASH BEFORE YOU BEACH
Clarification of regulations surrounding dogs at Willows Beach and McNeill Bay

Dogs are not permitted to be off-leash at Willows Beach or McNeill Bay at any time. The Federal Government regulates dogs and cats on the entire foreshore area around the District. Because this Federal regulation exists, and is enforced by Federal and Provincial staff, the District’s bylaw regarding dogs is silent on the requirement for leashes within the waterfront area. This has resulted in a practice of off-leash dog use in both McNeill Bay and Willows Beach; for clarity, no off-leash access is permitted.

Section 5 of the Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations states that dogs and cats are not permitted to run at large at any time and must be under the continuous and effective control of their owners at all times. This will typically be on-leash but could also mean held in the owner’s arms.

As of October 1, 2021, when we typically return to using the beaches such as Willows Beach and McNeill Bay with our furry friends, remember dogs must be on-leash. Leash BEFORE you beach.

Dogs are not permitted on Willows Beach between May 1 and September 30

We appreciate your cooperation.

View the Animal Control Bylaw.

View the Staff Report.