You and your pets
We appreciate and realize that your pet is an important family member. However for the security of your pet and the security of others, pets must be kept on a leash at all times and are never to be left unattended.
Pets pose a threat to wildlife, especially young animals and birds that nest along the barrier islands. Pets are permitted at Callanders Beach but are NOT permitted at Kellys Beach (including the boardwalk).
Pets on the beach means pets' excrement on the beach. Besides being unsightly, it can be of danger to humans especially children.
Such excrement often contains eggs or larvae of the parasites A. brasiliensis and A. caninum . These larvae can penetrate the skin and cause severe irritation and itching on certain parts of the body. The larvae of a more serious parasite, Toxacara canis, are found in dog and cat faeces.
These larvae can survive for long periods in the warm moist sand on beaches. Although rare, they may cause a serious illness (Viceral Larval Migrans). The symptoms are fever, coughing, pneumonia and even lesions to the eyes. This illness most commonly affects children from ages two to four years old.
While in the Park
- Avoid any situation where your dog could bother other visitors
- Prevent your dog from disturbing the wildlife - This includes barking at wildlife
- Discourage your dog from barking in public areas especially campgrounds
- Do not bring your dog into the washrooms
- Clean up after your dog as you would in any public place; and dispose of your dog’s excrement in a sanitary manner
You can have your dog with you at picnic areas and camping areas, and along the many trails in the Park. Enjoy your time in the park with all your family members.