Downtown parking options

City Council and staff understand the unexpected closure of the West Parkade has resulted in a parking shortage in the downtown.

City staff is working hard to make sure people have places to park when visiting or doing business in the downtown. Staff has put a number of new parking options in place and continue to explore every available option for adding more public parking space in the downtown.

Updates will continue to be posted at and on the West Parkade project page.

The City will continue to post social media updates (Twitter and Facebook), place print ads in the Guelph Mercury Tribune (City News), and update downtown signs to promote where people can park.

Parking options in place

Periphery parking

The City has temporarily lifted parking restrictions to allow for all day parking on residential streets. This change is now in effect and will remain in place until the fall 2018 when the West Parkade repairs are completed.

The following map indicates which streets in the periphery people may park on, and indicates which streets allow for parking on a temporary basis.

Shuttle service

The City will offer a fully accessible shuttle from the Elizabeth Street lot to the Macdonell entrance of the Old Quebec Shoppes from May 10 until the West Parkade is reopened. This service will transport the public, and in particular patients attending appointments, to and from the shoppes.

Hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday to Friday (excluding statuary holidays)

The shuttle will leave the Elizabeth Street parking lot every 20 minutes from 8 a.m. until 5:40 p.m. (e.g. 8, 8:20, 8:40, 9, 9:20, etc.) . The shuttle will leave the Macdonell entrance every 20 minutes starting 8:10 a.m. until 5:50 p.m. (e.g. 8:10, 8:30, 8:50, 9:10, etc.).

The shuttle has room for a maximum of 10 passengers.


Free evening and weekend parking

Starting Saturday, May 5, the City will offer free evening and weekend parking at all seven of its open parking lots. Free evening and weekend parking is temporary while the West Parkade is fully closed for construction.

The Baker Street, East Parkade and East Surface lots will still require a flat $5 fee during special events. These lots will be signed accordingly during these events.

Surrey Street parking

The City is converting underused permit parking on Surrey Street East between Wyndham Street South and Gordon Street to public parking.



For more information

Jamie Zettle, Program Manager, Parking
Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2590