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Everything you ever wanted to know about Parking but were afraid to ask...

Posted on December 03, 2014

There are lots of Parking spots in our downtown core. It's not quite like "Stavanger drive" but think of it as an Easter egg hunt without the chocolate bunnies.

This is a helpful guide to parking in and around water street.


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Parking Meters

There are over 800 parking meters along Water Street, Duckworth Street, Harbour Drive and the connecting coves. In addition, there are 311 parking spaces in facilities owned by the City and approximately 2,100 privately owned parking spaces in the area bounded by Springdale Street, New Gower Street, Cavendish Square and Harbour Drive. Meter rates are $1.50 per 60 minutes. There are a number of short-term meters throughout the downtown, as well as four and twelve-hour meters.

Two-Hour Meters

  • Duckworth Street
  • Water Street from Waldegrave Street to Prescott Street.

Four-Hour Meters

  • New Gower Street
  • George Street
  • Springdale Street; Cavendish Square
  • Church Hill
  • Cathedral Street
  • St. John’s Lane
  • Bates Hill
  • Holloway Street
  • Steers Cove
  • Bishops Cove
  • Becks Cove
  • Bairds Cove
  • Adelaide Street
  • Water Street east of Prescott Street to Temperance
  • West of Waldegrave Street to Springdale Street

Twelve-Hour Meters

Harbour Drive

Free Parking

Parking is free after 6 p.m. on weekdays, all day throughout the weekends, and on statutory holidays. In addition, several off street parking lots offer hourly and daily rates for parking.

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Free Parking

All city parking meters are free after 6pm and on weekends.
One hour free parking is available Monday to Friday at the City Hall parking garage on New Gower Street with unlimited free parking on weekends on all levels (L1, L3, L4) except level 2. *During Mile One events a parking charge in place.

The following parking lots are available in the evenings and on weekends for FREE!:

Harbour Drive east behind Vogue Furriers – 130 spaces

Duckworth Street across from Haymarket Square on the corner of Holloway Street – 21 spaces

Duckworth Street across from the TD Building on the corner of Prescott and Duckworth Street – 31 spaces

Prescott Street behind Blue Drop building – 60 spaces

Water Street east at the foot of Solomon’s Lane (REEL DOWNTOWN lot) – 16 spaces

New Gower Street (Delta overflow) on the corner of New Gower Street and Springdale Street – 140 spaces *During Mile One events a parking charge in place.

Atlantic Place building basement below Cora Restaurant – 100 spaces

Permit and Pay-as-you stay hourly parking



Privately-Owned Parking Spaces – Permit Parking & Pay-as-you stay Parking

Fortis Properties – Permit
For information on monthly parking permits with Fortis-owned parking facilities, please call 709 739 6300.

351 Water St. Permit and Pay-as-you stay

351 Water Street have 245 stalls open to the public 24 / 7, 365 days of the year.

Parking rates are as follow:

$2 –  30 minutes

$15 – Daily max  6 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

$10 – Nightly max 6 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.

$25 – Lost ticket

$10 per event night

For information on parking at 351 Water, please visit their website.

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MetroPark is Now Open at 330 Duckworth Street! Permit and Pay-as-you-stay

Welcome to St. John’s newest parking facility.  Located at 330 Duckworth Street, MetroPark offers a convenient, safe place to park while you shop, work or play in the downtown area.  Centrally positioned close to office buildings, cultural venues, the waterfront, restaurants and shopping, the parkade offers 416 parking spaces for monthly and hourly parkers. To learn more about parking at MetroPark, contact Kim at 902-429-3743 x1230  or by emailing: parking@metropark.ca.

Parking Rates:


– $2.00 for the first 30 minutes

– $2.00 for the next 30 minutes

– $4.00 per hour after that


– $1.00 for the first 30 minutes

–  S1.00 for the next 30 minutes

–  $2.00 per hour after that


Signs will be posted the day of the event


$190.00 plus tax

Bishop’s Cove at Water Street Lot – across from Second Cup Coffee – Permit and Pay-as-you stay

The former fabulous 50′s parking lot, adjacent to the Murray Premises lot, provides public parking at the following rates:

  • $5.00 – 3 hours
  • $12.00 – 8 hours
  • $12.00 – Special Events
  • $200.00 – Monthly

For more information, please contact olearym57@aol.com or visit the booth on site.

A.P. Parking Garage – Permit and Pay-as-you stay

Rates: First 30 minutes $2.00. For each additional 30 minutes $1.75 for a daily max of $15. Hourly parking available Monday to Friday 7 am to 6 pm on levels D and above.

Hourly and monthly parking is available at the A.P. Parking garage. For information on rates, please call 709 754 1489.

Bowring’s Permit and Pay-as-you stay*

For information on monthly parking permits for Bowring’s rooftop lot and underground lot, please call 709 576 1613.

Pay-as-you stay hourly parking 6:00 pm to 4:30 am. $2 an hour with pay and display operation in effect. 

Parking Lots

A number of downtown parking lots are managed by the City of St. John’s. These areas include:

  • Central/Livingstone Street, City Hall Parking Garage Level 5
  • Gower St – north side between Church Hill & Cathedral St
  • Henry St – south side between Bell St & Dick’s Square
  • Prince St Parking Area – off George St West
  • Queen’s Rd – north side between Garrison Hill & Longs Hill
  • Springdale Street Parking Area
  • Water Street East Parking Area – east of Hill O’Chips
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