Free afternoon downtown parking in St. Catharines until end of year


Published December 14, 2022 at 9:54 am

Once again, St. Catharines is trying to give shoppers a break when it comes to Christmas shopping.

The city is offering up three hours of free parking from Monday to Friday during afternoons in the downtown core, as well as Port Dalhousie, a new addition this year to the annual program.

Between noon and 6 p.m., from now to Friday, Dec. 30, the holiday parking promotion is now in effect at City-owned on-street metered spots and City-owned parking lots with pay machines. Visitors taking advantage of free afternoon parking are still subject to the City’s three-hour time limit.

Once again, the Ontario Street garage is also eligible for free parking from noon to 6 p.m., for up to three hours. Those parking at the garage who are visiting a downtown business can ask for a voucher from the business, providing for three hours of free parking at the garage.

Do note the free parking at the City’s parking garage at Garden Park-Carlisle Street is not included in the promotion but it continues to be a good option for visitors requiring over three hour parking to do their downtown business.

The annual parking promotion is a joint program between the City and the St. Catharines Downtown Association to bring people downtown during the holiday season.

There are more than 1,000 City parking spaces downtown within a few minutes’ walk to shopping and dining, as well as entertainment at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and the Meridian Centre.

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