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Downtown Parking

There are more than 2000 public parking spaces within walking distance to some of the best restaurants, shopping experiences, culture, and entertainment in beautiful downtown Barrie. The Municipal Parking Map details your parking options.

The 2020 Parking Strategy outlines how parking will evolve as Barrie continu​​es to transform.​​​

Downtown Parking Updates​​

New in 2021: HotSpot Parking App!

The HotSpot parking app launched in City-owned paid parking areas within the downtown, waterfront, and Gallie Court / Quarry Ridge on March 1, 2021. The app offers many benefits to enhance your parking experience.

Dunlop (Five Points to Mulcaster) Closed to Traffic on Saturdays

Starting June 12 and occurring every Saturday during the summer, Dunlop Street is closed to traffic between The Five Points and Mulcaster Street (5am to midnight). Visit downtownbarrie.ca/openairdunlop for full details.

Two-hour Free Parking in Select Lots: April 5–June 30

As the finishing touches are being completed for the Dunlop Streetscape Project, Two-hour free parking is available in the Chase McEachern (near Meridian Place) and Maple Avenue Central parking lots from April 5 until June 30. ​​People using these lots must print a receipt from the machine and display it on their vehicle dashboard to be eligible for the free two-hour parking. The City encourages residents to support downtown businesses and shop local whenever possible.

Downtown ​​Parking Rates

The following rates are enforced 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday. Downtown parking options are free on evenings, weekends, statutory holidays, Easter Monday, and Civic Holiday. 

  • $1.25 per hour on-street 
    Note: on-street downtown parking is not permitted from 3am–6am December through March for winter maintenance
  • ​$1 per hour off-street, $5.50 daily max
    Exception: Collier Street Parkade at $1.25 per hour (no daily maximum)
  • $.25 minimum parking payment (1-hour minimum for credit cards)

Individuals displaying a valid Accessible Parking Permit or Disabled Person Parking Permit are always permitted to park for free in all municipal paid parking locations but are required to abide by any time limits that may apply to that location.

Downtown hourly and daily rate increases are planned for October 2021:

  • The hourly on-street parking rate will increase from $1.25 to $1.50
  • The hourly off-street parking rate will increase from $1 to $1.25​
  • The daily off-street parking rate will increase from $5 to $7. 

Hy​brid Lots

The Spirit Catcher, Lakeshore Drive and North Marina parking lots are considered "hybrid" ​parking lots as they are located near both ​the downtown and designated ​waterfront parking areas​. Parking rates in the​se lots are consistent with waterfront parking rates: $10/hour and $50/daily, 24/7/365​​. The Resident Waterfront Parking Pass is not accepted​ in these lots.​​

Downtown Parking Passes

The municipal parking map details parking areas where monthly passes are permitted. 

Pass Rates​

Yellow Pass
​​Monthly: $66
Annually: $633.60
Green Pass
Also honoured in Yellow lots
Monthly: ​$82.50
Annually: $792​​​​​
Costs listed above do not include applicable taxes; taxes will be added at the point of purchase. ​The issuance of a pass does not ensure space will be available in the intended lot.​

FAQs re 2021 Pass Rate ​Changes

Why did parking rates for ​passes in the downtown change?

The 2020 Parking Strategy outlines how parking will evolve as Barrie continu​​es to transform. 

As part of this strategy, the City is al​tering the parking pricing structure to better meet supply and demand by prioritizing on-street parking options for customers. We are adjusting parking lot pass options to help distribute parking demand, and lowering rates at underused facilities (e.g. Collier Street parkade) to encourage use​.​

Currently, the Parking Reserve is a user-funded program (not supported by property taxes). This model is most fair because it does not charge taxpayers who do not use the parking system (i.e. those that do not drive or do not own vehicle). 

Parking rate increases are necessary to get the Parking Reserve to a sustainable position by 2031. To reach a sustainable position sooner, more drastic rate increases would be necessary, and this is not desirable due to the impact on businesses.

When was the last rate increase for downtown parking?

The last rate increase was in 2014, therefore the 2021 rate increase accounts for the inflation rate.

Why were there changes to where I can use my Downtown parking pass?

Effective January 2021, the City optimized the pricing structure by assigning green parking passes to parking lots with high utilization and yellow parking passes to parking lots with low utilization. Green parking passes cost more than yellow parking passes.

The price difference will drive behaviour change, easing congestion at busy lots and making underused lots, such as the Collier Street Parkade, more appealing. This was the original intent of the existing pricing structure, but it needs to be updated to reflect the latest trends in demand.

Why can’t 2021 parking passes be used to park on Collier St, Parkside Dr, Poyntz St and Toronto St?

On-street parking is convenient because it provides direct access to nearby businesses and amenities. To prioritize these valuable parking spaces for customers, passes will no longer be accepted at these on-street parking locations.

Downtown employees are encouraged to use the nearest off-street parking lot, or explore alternative modes of transportation such as transit, cycling and carpooling. City Hall does not have enough parking on site for all employees, so many people already use these options successfully to commute to work.

Learn more about the changes to downtown parking by referring to the 2020 Parking Strategy, which outlines how parking will evolve as Barrie continu​​es to transform.

Purchase Loc​​​ations

Passes are available to purchase at the following locations:

* COVID-10 safety guidelines when purchasing at community centres

Note: community centres are currently closed                 

Following COVID-19 safety guidelines, please note the following when purchasing parking passes at community centres:

  • Individuals mu​st wear a mask at all times and will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry, including contact tracing information. Upon successful screening, individuals will be asked to use hand sanitizer and directed to the Client Services Desk.
  • Transit ride cards, monthly passes and parking permits are available for sale only. No refunds or exchanges will be permitted at rec centre locations.
  • Refunds/exchanges of eligible parking passes will continue to be offered at Service Barrie and the Downtown Bus Terminal only.
  • As the rec centres have limited capacity, there could be wait times which may require individuals to line up in a physically-distanced line outside or at the Client Services Desk.
  • Individuals must exit the facility immediately after the conclusion of the transaction.​

About the Collier Street Parkade

This parkade is a fully accessible, brightly lit, 7-level parking facility with over 300 public parking spaces and is located on Collier Street between Clapperton St. and Owen St. The parkade provides convenient access to both Collier St. and Dunlop St. and is within walking distance to Five Points Theatre, Presented by Pratt Homes & Development. Overnight parking is permitted in the parkade.

Parking Tips​

  • For quick trips or errands use our 2-hour on-street parking spots at $1.25 per hour.
  • For day trips or extended appointments, use one of our many convenient lots located throughout the downtown area at $1.00 per hour to a maximum rate of $5.50.
  • Parking control devices will only accept (25C, $1.00 & $2.00 coins) quarters, loonies and toonies, with a quarter buying 12 minutes on-street and 15 minutes off-street (except for Collier Street Parkade). 

Parking Restrictions in Nearby Residential Neighbourhoods

The 2020 Parking Strategy recommended the implementation of parking restrictions along affected streets to manage downtown parking demand spillover into residential neighbourhoods. Based on research, a distance of approximately 500 meters measured from the municipal parking system boundary is considered appropriate for defining the area in which these restrictions should be applied. Applying these restrictions in this area will dissuade most drivers looking for free long-term parking in these residential areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay my parking ticket online? 

Yes, you can pay parking tickets online using our Online Services

Where are the Downtown Municipal Parking lots located? 

Please review the Municipal Parking Map, which identifies the location of the parking areas/lots within Barrie's downtown.

What payment options are available when I park downtown? 

Payment may be made by coin at all on-street and off-street locations with credit card payments available at various locations. The City of Barrie is in the process of updating “pay & display” machines to make credit card payment more widely available. Monthly permits are also available for our off-street parking lots. Monthly permits are available for sale. Please contact Service Barrie at (705) 726-4242 or ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca.

 
Where are the locations of "pay & display" machines that accept credit cards? 

Credit card payment option is currently available at the following downtown parking locations: 

  • Bayfield St. West Lot – 1 machine $1.00 per hour, $5.50 daily
  • City Hall Parking Lot – 1 machine $ 1.00 per hour (5 hour maximum stay)
  • Clapperton St. Lot - $1.00 per hour, $5.50 daily
  • Collier St. between Clapperton St. & Owen St. – 6 machines, $1.25 per hour (2 hour maximum stay)
  • Collier St. Parkade – 16 machines, $1.25 per hour (long term parking)
  • Collier St. South side across from City Hall - 19 single space credit card meters, $1.25 per hour (2 hour maximum stay)
  • Dunlop St. West, North side between Mary St. and Bayfield St. – 2 machines, $1.25 per hour (2 hour maximum stay)
  • H-Block - 1 machine - $1.00 per hour, $5.50 daily
  • Heritage Park Lots – 3 machines, $1.00 per hour, $5.50 daily maximum (long term parking)
  • Lakeshore Mews, behind Dunlop St. stores at the bottom of Mulcaster St. – 2 machines, $1.00 per hour, $5.50 daily maximum (long term parking)
  • Library Parking Lot – 1 machine, $1.00 per hour, $5.50 daily maximum (long term parking)
  • McDonald St. - 3 machines, $1.25 per hour
  • Simcoe St. East Lot - 2 machines, $1.00 per hour, $5.50 daily
How much does it cost to park downtown? 

The hourly rate to park on the street is $1.25 per hour and $1.00 per hour with a $5.50 daily maximum to park within a municipal parking lot (not including Collier Parkade). The cost of a monthly parking permit is $60, $75 or $85 depending on the lot. Please refer to the Municipal Parking Map for additional infor​mation regarding monthly permit parking.

Which parking lots are 24 hours paid operations? 
The Spirit Catcher Lot, North Marina Lot, Lakeshore Lot and all waterfront parking areas are 24-hour, 7-days-a-week paid parking. 
Am I permitted to park for free if I have an Accessible Parking Permit or Disabled Person Parking Permit? 
Individuals displaying a valid Accessible Parking Permit or Disabled ​Person Parking Permit are permitted to park for free in all municipal paid parking locations but are required to abide by any time limits that may apply to that location.
Am I permitted to park for free if I have an Ontario veteran licenc​e plate? 
Vehicles that have an Ontario veteran license plate are permitted to park for free in all municipal paid parking locations but are required to abide by any time limits which may apply to that location.
Will parking lots in the downtown be redeveloped?

​Parking lots should only be redeveloped in strategic situations where the project will act as a catalyst for growth in the downtown because demand is projected to exceed effective supply in the year 2041. 

Maintaining municipal parking supply in central locations such as the Collier Street Parkade is essential to avoid future parking issues. The 'Parking Equilibrium Policy' was included in the draft of the new Official Plan to secure the ability to negotiate the replacement of municipal parking during redevelopment.

How do Barrie's parking rates compare to rates in other municipalities?

Parking rates in Barrie are moderate when compared to similar municipalities such as Burlington, Kingston and Oshawa.



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