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Parking Lots and Garages

Parking Options

There are more than 1000 downtown parking spots offered by the City of St. Catharines. We own and operate two parking garages and eight parking lots, in addition to offering on-street parking throughout the downtown core.

Check out our downtown parking distance map for walking distances from the City's parking lots and garages to the Meridian Centre, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and other downtown attractions.

Payment options for each parking lot and garage are included in the parking map displayed below.

Special Event Parking at the Meridian Centre and FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

There is a $5 special event charge for parking in City-owned parking garages when events are held at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre or Meridian Centre. 

Payment is by cash only and is paid on entrance to the garage.

Helpful Links

Parking Map

Use the map below for information on the City's parking lots and garages, including the number of parking spaces available, accessibility and ammenities. Simply click on a "P" icon for more information. Prices quoted include HST.

Maintenance at Garden Park/Carlisle Street Garage

The top two levels of the Garden Park / Carlisle Street Parking Garage will be closed for asphalt paving and waterproofing starting Monday, Sept. 14.

Work should take approximately four weeks to complete, and during this time both floors will be unavailable to the public and elevators may be out of service for extended periods of time.

  • Monthly permit holders will not be affected by the maintenance work
  • Hourly parking will not be available Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Hourly parking will be available on weekends and after 6 p.m. on weekdays. 

Fees for Parking Meters and Dispenser Lots

All City-owned and operated parking lots and garages are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Parking at certain lots and garages is free outside of normal business hours, Monday to Friday. Business hours differ for some locations, so please review the posted hours of operation listed for the location you are interested in.

All City meters have a three-hour maximum daily parking limit from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a rate of $1.50 per hour. Metered parking is free outside those hours, except between the hours of 2 a.m. to 6 a.m., where parking is prohibited. Tokens, quarters, loonies and toonies are accepted at City meters and dispenser lots. HST is included in all quoted parking lot and garage fees.

Payment options for each parking lot and garage are included in the parking map.

Monthly Lots & Garage Permits

In downtown St. Catharines, monthly parking is available at City owned parking lots for a nominal fee. Due to the high demand for parking in the downtown core, all parking permits are issued on a first come, first serve basis.

To purchase a monthly parking permit for a surface lot, visit Citizens First, located on the 2nd Floor of City Hall between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Methods of payment include cash, cheque, debit, VISA and MasterCard.

If you are looking to obtain a monthly parking permit for either the Ontario Street Garage or Garden Park/Carlisle Street Garage, read and complete the Monthly Parking Agreement Form prior to coming into City Hall.

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