Downtown Parking in the Royal City

Jan 14, 2017


If you are familiar with the City of Guelph and its downtown core, then you have probably found yourself struggling to locate a parking spot, especially when you’re late for dinner reservations, a meeting, or a personal appointment. Whatever the case may be, parking downtown seems to be limited and can be frustrating; but on a positive note, the downtown core is a wonderful place to go and is growing!

Pay-Per-Hour Parking Lots

There are eleven parking lots in the downtown area, some permit only, others may be a bit too far from your destination (especially when it is -15°C outside!) and the best one may just be full. Effective March 1, 2017 parking rates will be $2.00 per hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are free evenings and Sundays. Though there are technically eleven parking lots, if you are going to the downtown core, there are really only four options:

Macdonell St.

Baker St.

Wilson St.

West Parkade.

Macdonell St. and Wilson St. lots are relatively small and always seem to be full, but they are great locations and easily accessible.

Baker St. and West Parkade both have more availability and can be an ideal choice if you don’t want to gamble on one of the more sought after locations.

Street Parking

Free parking is always the best option if you can be one of the lucky few to find parking on the street near where you need to go. Free parking is available within the downtown core for up to two hours once per day Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. As for Sundays, there are usually no restrictions. It's always a gamble, you may be lucky or just have to arrive very early to find that primo spot, otherwise you may be stuck circling the block aimlessly just hoping for a space to open up!

Below is a map provided by the City of Guelph to know exactly where is free to park on the street and where isn’t:

The best advice available is to leave yourself with enough time to look and find somewhere to park your car while you enjoy all the wonderful shops and restaurants our great city’s downtown has to offer.

Category: January 2017

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