Parking Lots and Garages

Return of Paid Parking on June 2

With the provincial stay-at-home order nearing completion, the City of St. Catharines resumed paid parking at on-street meter spaces, off-street lots and garages – in addition to the initiation of new paid parking at City beaches - as of June 2, 2021.

Free curbside parking will continue at designated spaces throughout the downtown core, in Port Dalhousie and on Facer Street, offering 15-minute parking for individuals who are accessing local businesses for pickup and takeout. 

Interactive Map

There are more than 1,000 downtown parking spots offered by the City of St. Catharines. Use the map below to see parking options offered by the City.

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

Special Event Parking - Meridian Centre and FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Parking Garages and the Head Street, Race Street and Garden Park Parking Lots

Special event parking is $5 when evening and weekend events are happening at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre or Meridian Centre. Payment can be made by cash, paid on entrance to the garage / parking lots. 

Drivers are now able to pay via their phone at City parking garages during periods of special events parking. Using Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal and Credit Card drivers will be able to scan or tap with their phone to pay the $5 special event charge. No app is required, however, drivers can use the Honk mobile app for a more seamless experience.

David S. Howes Way Parking Lot

Special event parking is $10 when evening and weekend events are happening at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre or Meridian Centre. Payment is by cash only and is paid on entrance to the parking lot.

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 $1.75 per hour (effective Jan. 1, 2020). 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.

Call Citizens First at 905.688.5600 or email for more information about availability.

 

Beach Lot Parking

Beach parking, June 2 to Sept. 30:

Access to beaches and the Sunset Beach boat launch remains free for all visitors.

St. Catharines residents can still apply for a Resident Beach Parking Pass, allowing for free parking with no time limit at the Sunset Beach and Lakeside Park lots. 

Sunset Beach boat launch parking is open to resident beach parking pass holders and non-resident boat launch parking pass holders. Non-resident boat launch parking passes are $100, and are limited in supply, and available first come, first served. Applications open at 11 a.m., on June 7.

Downtown Parking Study

In 2016, City staff researched and completed a downtown parking study, looking at the current and long-term parking needs for the downtown core.

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