Free parking, great food, sweeping ocean views, and unique shops are just a few highlights of Vancouver's Granville island. However, visitors won't be able to enjoy the free parking much longer - at least some of the time.
As of June 1, 2019, a new parking system will be implemented in the shopping district that will offer free parking on all of Granville Island in mornings and evenings, with pay parking in effect for all parking stalls during the busy midday period.
The shopping district hopes that the new pay parking system will improve accessibility to the area and business.
Under the new system, drivers will be able to purchase parking time for 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or in one-hour increments. And by using the Honk, EasyPark or PayByPhone app, drivers will be able to add time without having to return to their car.
Every day beginning on June 1, the new parking system will be as follows:
- Free Parking: 6 PM to 11 AM
- Pay Parking: 11 AM to 6 PM
- $3/hour in summer (May 1 to September 30)
- $2/hour in winter (October 1 to April 30)
“We are implementing this new system in order to improve parking availability, better manage demand, and improve the visitor experience,” says Sebastian Lippa, Manager of Planning & Development at CMHC-Granville Island.
“We want to ensure that visitors who choose to travel to Granville Island by car can find a parking spot."
Visitors are also encouraged to walk, bike, take transit or ferry to Granville Island. A free bike valet service for cyclists is also being offered on Granville Island until Labour Day.