Dogs welcome at Rattray Marsh: keep them on-leash

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is reminding area residents and visitors of Rattray Marsh Conservation Area to keep all pets on a leash when visiting the park. While pets are allowed in the conservation area, they must always be kept on a leash six feet or less.

“We’re reminding visitors that our conservation areas are beautiful, natural spaces shared with wildlife. There are areas that you don’t want your dog to get into,” said Terri LeRoux, Senior Manager for CVC. “We ask that visitors always keep their pet’s on-leash for their own safety and for the safety of wildlife. It’s also important to give personal space for other park visitors who may be afraid of wandering dogs.”

Dogs on-leash is a long-standing rule at all CVC properties. It’s important that visitors follow park rules to protect their pets. Dogs off-leash are exposed to several hazards because of the unpredictable nature of shared natural public spaces. When a dog roams off-leash it can be exposed to:

  • Poisonous plants (such as poison ivy)
  • Wildlife (coyotes, skunks and porcupines)
  • Ticks (Lyme Disease)
  • Other dogs that aren’t dog-friendly

Rattray Marsh is home to a variety of wildlife, including species-at-risk. These species can be in danger when dogs are loose. This time of year, young animals are also growing and a very vulnerable stage of life. Please keep dogs away for their safety.

CVC asks everyone to be a good neighbour and follow park rules. Not all park visitors can or wish to be exposed to dogs due to allergies, fears or beliefs. Visitors who disregard the on-leash policy may be putting themselves and their dog at risk of liability. CVC is working with City of Mississauga By-law officers at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area to enforce by-laws at the park.

The City of Mississauga has eight leash-free zones around the city for residents who want to give their dogs an off-leash experience.

For more information about Rattray Marsh Conservation Area, please contact 1-800-367-0890 or recreation@cvc.ca.

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. That watershed is the area of land defined by where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

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