WHAT’S UP DOWNTOWN – Parking in Downtown Kamloops and you

There are many ways to park downtown. (Image: Mel Rothenburger)

HEY THERE Downtown Kamloops!

The fall season is here, growing minds are headed back to school with reluctant cheer. Those summer vacation plans are over and it’s time to focus on the daily and weekly routine. For many residents, this means doing shopping and household chores on the weekends, when it’s days off for the kids and the regular work week crowd.

With a weekend to-do list in mind, ain’t nobody got time to worry about parking. Luckily, there’s no need to fret as Downtown Kamloops has you covered with a few insider tips.

On Saturdays AND Sundays both downtown parkades are absolutely free.

The Seymour Street parkade (240 Seymour) and the Lansdowne Street parkade (335 Lansdowne) have their gates open free of charge every weekend. Easy access and a nice elevated view of Kamloops and surrounding areas are hard to beat.

If heights have you feeling dizzy, then don’t forget on Sundays there is free parking on downtown streets. Please remember this does not include the Impark lots or you could end up with a ticket on your dash.

While there are many stalls in the parkade, there are many more on the street. With 850 beautiful spots to park around downtown, don’t be reluctant if a little walking distance is needed to get to your destination since all the falling leaves and our blossoming planters will have you in awe for fall.

For days that on-street paid parking is in effect, (9 a.m. – 6 p.m. from Monday to Saturday) those early birds of downtown should know that if you pay before 9 a.m. the parking meter will automatically start for 9 a.m.

For example, if you go to park at 8:30 a.m., you do not need to pay for the half hour leading up to 9:00. This system ensures that you get the maximum free time allotted. Those night owls can also park for free on City streets seven days a week after 6 p.m.

For a handy online map for both free and paid parking areas of the city and for more very helpful general information, please visit and while you’re at it, why not too for information about our neighborhood.

I and the rest of the CAP Team hope you fully enjoy what Downtown Kamloops has to offer and come say hello to those in the red shirts!

Written by Jonathan George from the Customer Care and Patrol Team (CAP). Reach them at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Information Kiosk at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownk.

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