Downtown Parking

The vibrant downtown area offers parking options for visitors, shoppers and workers.

Downtown parking map

On-street parking

On-street parking is free with a time limit of two hours in one location. The two-hour time limit applies to the daytime hours between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

Parking lots

Off-street parking lots include space for permit holders and the general public. We encourage monthly or annual permits for people who work in the downtown area to secure your spot. For the safety and consideration of everyone, parking is monitored and violators will be ticketed.

Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre

401 First Street SE

Buy permits at the attendant desk on the main floor of the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre. For general information, please contact the Esplanade.

There are two parking lots at the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre. A street-level parking lot offers permitted monthly or annual parking. The heated underground parkade offers hourly, daily, or annual parking.

Surface lot

Permit parking Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

  • $53/month
  • $577/year

Free parking weekdays from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. and all day on weekends

Underground parkade

Ticket Dispenser:

  • $1/hour
  • $5/day


  • $770/year

Transit Terminal and Parkade

333 Sixth Avenue SE
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The transit terminal and parkade is in the heart of downtown with parking on the second and third floors. Vehicles enter the parkade from 4 Street SE. Free two-hour and four-hour public parking is on the third level. Here, you can also park and ride as it is the main connector terminal for Medicine Hat's bus service.

The convenient and scenic walk through downtown allows you to experience the variety of shops and services. City Hall is approximately a four minute walk from the Transit Parkade. The Medicine Hat Court House is also located on First Street SE, one block west of City Hall. Continue along First Street SE to find the Medicine Hat Public Library and the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre.

Buy permits at the Cashiers desk on the main floor of City Hall, 580 First Street SE. For general information, please call 403-529-8100.

Two-hour free parking weekdays from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. and all day on weekends

Second floor, electric

Covered parking with electrical plug.

Permit parking Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

  • $70.50/month
  • $770/year
Second floor 

Covered parking, no electric service.

Permit parking Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

  • $58/month
  • $661/year
Third floor

Uncovered parking, no electric service.

Permit parking Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

  • $53/month
  • $577/year

There are 10 designated spots limited to 4-hour free parking per day.

For non-emergency issues like graffiti, garbage clean-up, lighting, etc., please contact Building Services.

Towne Square Parking Lot

603 First Street SE

The Towne Square Parking lot is closed until late fall 2021 for construction of Towne Square – a unique new development in Medicine Hat's Waterfront District

City Hall Parkade

580 First Street SE (enter off River Road SE)

The City Hall Parkade is open to the public during regular business hours, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and during public functions which may occur outside of business hours (like Council and Committee meetings). There is elevator access to all floors of City Hall during regular business hours. Free two-hour parking stalls are clearly marked along the south wall of the parkade.

Frequently asked questions

Does the City limit street parking in the downtown? Why?

Yes. There is high demand for parking in the area. We want to ensure that parking is available for everyone visiting and working in the downtown. The two-hour parking limit helps maintain available parking for short-term users.

On-street parking is perfect for visitors and short-term stays in the downtown.

Does the City monitor and enforce parking in the downtown?

Yes, the Public Roads bylaw allows us to enforce parking restrictions in the community. Vehicles found parked longer than the posted time limit may receive a ticket.

I work downtown. What are my options for parking?

We encourage people who work downtown to use long-term parking solutions like monthly or annual permits. This will secure your spot. Businesses may make arrangements with public and private lots to secure employee parking.

Where can I park for free?

There are free two-hour and four-hour public parking spots at the following:

Transit Parkade

2-hour – 43 spots

4-hour – 10 spots

City Hall Parkade

2-hour – 32 spots

Towne Square Parking Lot

2-hour – 25 spots

Many of the lots offer unlimited free public parking on evenings and weekends.

Where can I buy a parking permit?

You can buy monthly and yearly parking permits for the Towne Square Lot and the Transit Parkade at City Hall.

Buy permits for the Esplanade surface and underground lots at the attendant desk on the main floor of the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre.

Parking permits are not interchangeable between lots. Display properly for viewing by parking lot attendants, security guards and Bylaw Officers.

Are there accessible parking spaces downtown?

Yes, there are accessible on-street parking spaces throughout the area with access to many local businesses. Accessible spaces are also located inside the City Hall, Transit and Esplanade parkades, each with access to an elevator.

Will the City make changes to downtown parking to address concerns?

We are always seeking solutions to ensure safe, accessible and affordable parking downtown. The current road configurations makes it difficult to add on-street parking. The cost to add off-street parking is significant.

The new Municipal Development Plan (MDP) outlines significant redevelopment and revitalization of the Waterfront District. Though planning is in the early stages, forecasts show increased parking available downtown.

Parking tickets

To avoid parking tickets, pay attention to the allotted parking limits in each of the options above. If you did receive a ticket, here is how to pay.

Those wishing to avoid parking in the downtown area may consider visiting downtown by Medicine Hat Transit.