Two-hour free parking in certain downtown Barrie lots

Free two-hour parking will last until the end of the construction project

Free downtown parking ends next Monday in downtown Barrie, but residents and visitors will have several options to continue to support local restaurants and stores.

Beginning on Tuesday, September 8, two-hour free parking will be available in the Chase McEachern Way lot (including the 15 Bayfield Street lot) and the Maple Avenue Central parking lot until the end of the We Dig Downtown Dunlop Street construction project.

You will need to print a receipt from the machine and display it on your vehicle dashboard to be eligible for the two-hour free parking in these lots. Most of the lots are five minutes or less walking distance to where the road is closed.

Parking rates

Downtown parking rates are enforced 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Downtown parking is free on evenings, weekends, statutory holidays, Easter Monday and the August Civic Holiday.

  • $1.25 per hour on-street
  • $1 per hour off-street, $5.50 daily max
    (exception: Collier Street Parkade is $1.25 per hour with no daily maximum)

Other downtown parking options

Until further notice, on-street parking spaces along Dunlop St. and side streets are temporarily designated as loading only zones under the Traffic By-law. This limits parking to standing for 10 minutes or less, which helps businesses and customers use curbside pickup and helps maintain traffic flow in the area. ​Visit for more information.