Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Downtown Parking In Nanaimo

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Nanaimo Downtown Parking

The above map shows the location of the off-street public parking in downtown Nanaimo.All lots in orange with the exception of the Pioneer Parkade are owned by the city of Nanaimo who contracts with Robbins Parking to patrol parking in the downtown area.

Rules Regarding When To Pay for Parking

There is not just one simple rule governing downtown parking (simple is not what citys do) so the following will try and clear up where and when you have to pay to park downtown.

 On-Street Parking
All 'un-metered' downtown parking stalls are free but are limited to 2 hours Monday - Saturday.
All metered downtown parking stalls are paid parking Monday - Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Off-Street Parking Lots
Civic Arena (aka Maffeo Sutton Park) Mon. - Fri. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm first 3 hours are free.
Wallace/Wentworth Mon. - Fri. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bastion Parkade Mon. - Sun. 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Harbour Front Parkade 24/7.
Port of Nanaimo Centre 24/7.
Cavan Street parking lots Mon. - Fri. 8:00am - 5:00 pm
Prideaux/Franklin Free.

To review all the information about downtown Nanaimo parking you can visit the city of Nanaimo website by clicking here.

Adding to the confusion, you will find that downtown also is home to several private parking lots which have totally different rules as to when you have to plug the meter.

The short answer, if you are not sure and do not want to risk a parking ticket, you should plug the one armed bandit anyway.

Note: I did not post the requirements for parking in the Pioneer Parkade as that is controlled by the Port Authority who have not returned my call with the information. If I ever hear, I will post it here.


1 comment:

  1. I am wondering about the on street parking from downtown to Finlayson St.

    I have talked to several different authorities in the bylaw office and have been given conflicting answers, I have been told if the curbs are not marked Yellow you are allowed to park along side the curb and when speaking to others I have been told No you cannot park there.

    I would like a solid answer because even the authorities dont know, This is frustrating.

    Looking at this map


    If Im reading it correctly it does say parking is allowed up to finlayson street.

    Does anyone know?


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