Downtown Parking

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

Downtown parking map

Parking Lots

Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre Parking
Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre Parking

401 First Street SE

Transit Terminal and Parkade
Transit Terminal and Parkade

333 Sixth Avenue SE

Towne Square Parking Lot
Towne Square Parking Lot

603 First Street SE

City Hall Parkade
City Hall Parkade

580 First Street SE (enter off River Road SE)

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 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's how to pay.

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 Transit Parkade at City Hall.

Use the easy to use mobile HotSpot parking app to pay for parking at Towne Square.

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.

Medicine Hat Transit buses at downtown terminal

Medicine Hat Transit Logo


Those wishing to avoid parking in the downtown area may consider visiting downtown by public transit.

Medicine Hat Transit