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Parking in Downtown Charlottetown
Metered Parking Payment Options
Transportation Alternatives
Park Free Program
Pay Parking Tickets Online
Winter Parking Restrictions
Downtown Charlottetown Parking Strategy Report
Downtown Parking Myths and Facts
Parking FAQs

Parking in Downtown Charlottetown

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Metered Parking Payment Options

Meters in the City of Charlottetown take dimes, quarters, loonies and toonies. Don't have coins? No problem!
The City of Charlottetown has introduced a metered parking payment option. As of Oct. 27, 2014, motorists can:

Use Hotspot Parking*

Download the HotSpot App for free or visit the website to create a user account with creditcard information. Pay for metered parking through the secured App or by texting Hotspot at: 902-201-0466.

HotSpot can:

  • warn users when time on the meter is about to expire;
  • be set for automatic meter top-ups through the App (up to the maximum amount of time allowed for the metered space);
  • and top up the meter via text messaging in one-hour increments (up to the maximum amount of time allowed for the metered space).

HotSpot technology is available through iOS, Android, or Text Messaging on any cell phone that has texting capabilities. HotSpot can be used with any major credit card or visa debit card. Payments are handled safely and securely through Stripe™

HotSpot users simply load their secured account through any major credit card or visa debit card and replenish the balance once it is used up. Hotspot uses the same fees charged by the City of Charlottetown for parking at a meter.

Want to learn more or download the HotSpot app? Visit: https://hotspotparking.com or call (toll-free): 1-855-712-5888

*HotSpot is subject to a user-fee of $1.99 administration fee each time users load their HotSpot account for $5, $10, $15, $20 or $40.


Transportation Alternatives

There are many other forms of transportation that make it easy to leave your car at home. Walk, cycle, carpool or jump on a bus for an easy and convenient way to get to your downtown destination.



Park Free

The City of Charlottetown, in cooperation with Downtown Charlottetown, has a Park Free Program. Shop downtown at participating merchants and receive one hour of free street side metered parking or in one of three downtown parkades. Park for as little as $3 per day at Pownal Parkade with the purchase of a monthly pass. Please note .. feeding the parking meters is illegal.

Park Free!


Pay parking tickets online

With a valid Mastercard or VISA, you now can pay a City of Charlottetown parking ticket online in three simple steps.
Offered 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, this payment system is part of the City's commitment to provide easy access to your services. See the online payment system.


Winter Parking Restrictions

Please be advised that no person shall park or leave any vehicle on the travelled portion of any street or square between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. from November 15 until April 15, both dates inclusive or such other dates as City Council may approve.

The Police Department shall give notice in any newspaper published in Charlottetown of the dates when the prohibition as described in subsection (a) concerning the overnight parking or leaving of vehicles in any area or areas of Charlottetown shall be in effect.

During the winter months, check out the City's Know About Snow button, which includes more information about parking and snow removal and includes an RSS feed to the City's snow remove alert system.


Downtown Charlottetown Parking Strategy Report

The City of Charlottetown conducted a review of downtown parking with Council in 2008. A copy of the report is available here: Downtown Charlottetown Parking Strategy Report.


Downtown Parking Myths and Facts

Myth: Parking in Downtown Charlottetown is too costly
Fact: Parking in Downtown Charlottetown is more cost effective than other urban centres

Myth: It's OK to park past the time limit on the meter as long as I keep feeding it.
Fact: It's a violation of the Traffic Bylaw to park for longer than the maximum period for the meter regardless of the amount of coins deposited. The purpose of the time limits is to allow for greater turnover and maximize prime parking availability.

Myth: There is never any parking downtown.
Fact: There are 3,000 streetside parking spaces and 1,306 parkade spaces for a total of 4,306 downtown parking spaces

Myth: Parkades are only for monthly parking
Fact: Each parkade has space allotted to transient parkers by the day and the hour.


Parking FAQs

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about Parking in the City of Charlottetown



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