Preventing your health from going to the dogs

You don’t have to tell the active dog owner about the health benefits of getting outside with their four-legged friend

Users of the Cy Hampson Park off-leash dog area on the Peninsula enjoy a walk with a variety of canines.

You don’t have to tell the active dog owner about the health benefits of getting outside with their four-legged friend — for both the owner and the dog.

Simple walks in the morning and afternoon can help keep your canine pal healthy and fit, while also helping to socialize them with other dogs and preventing personality problems associated with being cooped up in the house or apartment all day.

For the owner, a couple of walks each day with their pet provides many of the same benefits — plus helps them live up to the responsibilities of pet ownership.

On the Peninsula, one of the more popular places to take the dogs is the off-leach area at Cy Hampson Park in North Saanich.

Located along Lochside Drive, across from the Centre for Plant Health, the park provides a fenced green space with trails, trees, hills and benches. It’s one of the only large spaces that is completely fenced, allowing dogs to run free and play with their owners and other pets.

In 1976, the area was known as Bazan Bay Park, later changed in honour of naturalist Dr. Cyril G. Hampson, who owned property adjacent to the park. It is a heritage site within the District of North Saanich and is included as part of the Lochside Regional Trail.

The park runs parallel to the oceanfront and is located on both sides of Lochside Drive. The ocean side is not fully-fenced but is wheelchair accessible and allows for easy walks with the dog on-leash.

Across the road, the off-leash portion of the park is set up to allow pets to run at leisure, get their exercise and keep their owners on the ball, so to speak.

For dog owners, there’s opportunity to get some mild exercise along some easy walking trails, while helping to keep their pet active and energetic.

While the park itself is basic, the socializing opportunities for pets (and their owners) are also quite extensive.

 

Just Posted

More Peninsula councillors declare their 2018 intentions

Carl Jensen and Chris Graham, both of Central Saanich, have said they will run again.

Woodwynn Farms to be shut down and sold

The rehabilitation program at Woodwynn Farms is being shut down. According to… Continue reading

Victoria housing provider launches crisis prevention program to combat homelessness

Pacifica Housing aims to address challenges before tenants risk evictions

Victoria airport nearing billion-dollar mark in economic impact

Airport has nearly doubled its passengers and its impact on the economy since 2005

Victoria airport reaches nearly two million passengers in 2017

This year expected to see additional growth

Sidney’s Salish Sea aquarium to close for maintenance

First extended closure for the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea since it opened in 2009

Butchart Gardens is hiring now and paying more

Wages start at $15, job fair Feb. 20

Parkland offers IB program this fall

Beginning Sept. 2018, Parkland Secondary School is slated to be the first… Continue reading

Cash still needed for Stelly’s Cross Path

MLA Olsen wants more specifics first

Injured parachutist wants stolen backpack back

Bag contained important video files of 2017 parachuting incident

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Workers shouldn’t be used as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fight: Wynne

Comments from Kathleen Wynne after demonstrators rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Canada

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

Most Read