Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nanaimo Downtown Parking

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To say that downtown parking is a simple, straightforward matter would not be exactly accurate. Recent changes to downtown rates and 'free parking' may be a bit confusing if you haven't been paying attention lately.

I hope to provide some clarity here as to where you can park for free, where and when you have to pay and how long you can stay in any one place.


All 'on street' parking is free after 5:00 pm and on Saturday and Sunday, however the 2 hour maximum still applies with the exception of the Bastion Street Parkade where you can park for free from Friday evening at 6:00 pm until Monday morning at 8:00 pm. The exception is the upper level which has metered parking where the 2 hour limit still applies.

There is no charge after 5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday at the Cavan and Wallace or the Maffeo Sutton Park on Arena Street.

The parkade parking under the VICC and at the Harbour front are still paid parking 24/7.


Metered on street parking is $1.25 for one hour while off street in a parkade such as the VICC, Harbourfront or Bastion Street Parkade or Cavan & Wallace lots are $0.75 for the first 2 hours.

Clearly there is an incentive to parking in one of the parkades if you intend to stay for any length of time as it would cost $2.50 to park on street for 2 hours (which is the maximum time allowed on a meter).


The long term plan will be to have parking meters installed all along Commercial Street sometime within the coming year but in the meantime there is still some 2 hour free parking on Commercial Street and some other downtown streets.


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