(Dog off leash at Willows beach/Jen Stewart - Twitter)

Nothing’s better than a walk with a furry four-legged friend, and since October has arrived, many parks in Victoria have changed their dog leashing rules for the season.

Starting October 1, Willows beach in Oak Bay is allowing dogs to be walked off-leash on the popular sandbar.

Meanwhile, Banfield Park has expanded its off-leash times to its winter hours, meaning dogs can now be off-leash from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Check out this interactive map of parks in Oak Bay that allow dogs to hang out without restraints (and the ones that don’t). 

Other municipalities

Gonzales beach was ahead of the curve, allowing for off-leash dogs to roam since September 1 all the way until May 31, 2019. For more information on “paws in parks”, you can check out Victoria’s handy dog park map here.

Seasonal restrictions for dogs have been lifted in Saanich as of August 31st, so you won’t have to worry about keeping your furry friends away from certain sections of Cadboro Bay Park/Beach, Cordova Bay Beach, and Mount Douglas park. Click here for more details.

Meanwhile, there are no leash-optional parks in the City of Langford, and dogs were prohibited from several parks from June 15 to September 15th.

But they are allowed to be off-leash in Colwood’s Municipal Parks, with the exception of Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary including Coburg Peninsula.