Parking

We are committed to improving customer service and making parking easier for residents, businesses and visitors.

The City of Victoria operates five parkades, three surface parking lots, and has nearly 2,000 on-street parking spaces downtown.

To make parking easier, we're implementing a range of improvements to shift motorists from higher-demand on-street parking spots to available spaces in the City's five parkades.

Check out the new parking improvements below and our new parking brochure. [PDF - 472 KB]

 

 

 City Parkades

Starting Monday, September 15, 2014, at City parkades:

  • The first hour is always free. (You no longer need a "first-hour-free" coupon.)
  • Evening parking is free Monday to Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Parking is free on Sundays and holidays.
  • Lower levels are signed as short-term, three-hour maximum parking Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Longer-term parking is available on mid and upper levels at City parkades (on lower levels at Broughton Street Parkade).
  • There are more payment options. You can pay an attendant or pay at a parkade pay station before returning to your vehicle or upon exiting.
  • You need your entry ticket to exit a parkade, even when parking is free.
  • The SafeWalk service provides you with the option of calling a parkade security guard to meet and accompany you to your vehicle. Each parkade has its own SafeWalk phone number posted.

New Parkade Rates

We're reducing our parkade rates. Starting Monday, September 15, 2014, the following parking rates will be in effect Monday - Saturday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.:

$2 Per Hour (charged in 15 minute increments)
$12 Vehicle Day Rate ($14 at Bastion Square Parkade due to higher demand)
$4 Motorcycle Day Rate (Note: Motorcycle parking is available at all City parkades except Johnson Street Parkade.)
A lost ticket will be charged the day rate.

Learn more about City parkades.

On-Street Parking

Historically, much of the on-street parking has had a time limit of 90 minutes.

To provide flexibility and choice to our customers, starting Monday, September 15, 2014:

  • There are five parking zones [PDF - 342 KB], ranging from $1.50 to $3 per hour with 90 minute to 24 hour time limits in effect Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • On-street parking is free in the evenings from
    6 p.m. - 9 a.m. 
  • On-street parking is free Sundays and holidays.
  • Payment can be made by coin, credit card, or the City Parking Card at an on-street pay station within your zone.
  • The City Parking Card is a convenient way to pay for on-street parking and allows you to refund any unused time.
  • Save yourself at trip to City Hall and pay a parking ticket online or review a parking ticket online.

Pay by Cell - Coming Fall 2014!
Customers will soon be able to pay for on-street parking on their mobile device. Stay tuned for details.

Learn more about on-street parking downtown.

View Street Parkade Stairwell to Close for Maintenance on Sundays Until November 23

To accommodate maintenance, the stairwell at View Street Parkade will be closed on Sundays from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., from October 19 to November 23, 2014.  

During the work, all levels of the parkade will remain open and will be accessible by elevator and driving lanes. Signs will be posted. In the event of an emergency, the parkade stairwell will be made available.

View Street Parkade is located at 743 View Street between Blanshard and Douglas Streets. It is one of the City of Victoria’s five parkades where the first hour is always free, and offers free evening parking Monday to Saturday from 6 p.m. – 8 a.m. and free parking all day Sundays and holidays. Alternate parking is available at the City’s four other parkades and on-street parking is also free on Sundays and holidays.

Bastion Square Elevator Out of Service for Maintenance

Please note that the Bastion Square elevator will be out of service for maintenance until end of day Saturday, October 18. We are working quickly to fit it. Parking is also available at the City's four other parkade where the first hour is always free.

Parking Rates

Of the total 3,846 on-street and City parkade parking spaces downtown, 78% are decreasing in rate or remaining the same, with only 22% increasing in rate.

Upcoming Parking Initiatives

This fall, we will continue to investigate opportunities for additional parking improvements downtown and achieving efficiencies. Learn more.

Learn more about the recent review of our parking services.

Did You Know?

  • With the first hour free, it's only $2 to park for two hours in a City parkade.
  • It's free to park for one hour at a City parkade. It's $3 to park on-street for one hour near a City parkade.
  • Electric vehicle charging stations are available at City parkades
  • Electric bike charging stations and covered bike parking are also in City parkades
  • You can view and learn more about parking downtown using VicMap

Interactive Parking Map (VicMap)

Did you know you can view and learn more about parking in Victoria using the City's new VicMap? This interactive mapping system enables you view maps that illustrate the location of metered and non-metered parking spaces, pay stations, the City's five parkades and four surface parking lots, neighbourhood parking, as well as electric vehicle charging stations and bike parking. You can also create your own maps.

View the Interactive Parking Map. Once you have the map open, to make it interactive, click on the red icon "I want to" at the top left corner of the screen. Select from the pull-down menu "Turn map data on/off",then click on "Show Legend" at the bottom left corner of the screen.

To learn more about VicMap, click here. For assistance with VicMap, please email vicmap@victoria.ca

Parking - Helpful Links

Experiencing a Problem?

We appreciate your assistance in reporting an issue with a pay station or stand-alone meter. To report a problem, please contact Parking Services at parkingservices@victoria.ca or at 250.361.0260.

Free Parking Sundays and Statutory Holidays

Parking is free at City parkades and on-street downtown on Sundays and Statutory Holidays. Note:  Pay parking at the City's surface parking lots is in effect 24/7.