There are so many fun and exciting things to do in the Beaches neighbourhood. Whether you are here for the TD Jazz Festival, the Ashbridges Bay Fireworks, a concert at HISTORY, a festival at Woodbine Park, or a fun day at Woodbine Beach, many visitors come to the area looking for parking.
As a longtime Beach resident, let me be honest with you – there is very little parking in the Beaches neighbourhood at the best of times. Residents of the area are always complaining about a lack of parking options. Residents pay a premium for housing with parking spots, and they pay for a permit for street parking.
That means if you are visiting during a festival or special event, parking is even more challenging!
Let me start by saying that the best option is to take public transportation when coming to visit the area. In addition to limited parking in the area, there are many road closures during events such as the Canada Day fireworks or the Beaches Jazz Festival, often resulting in traffic congestion.
For those who decide they do want to drive and park in the area, here is what you need to know.
Woodbine Beach and Ashbridges Bay Parking Lots
Carparks 193 and 194 are Green P pay and display lots, and they are located right at the beach off of Lakeshore Ave.
These two lots are seasonal parking lots that are enforced from May 1st to October 31st every year. The cost to park is $2.50 per hour, up to a maximum of $9.00 on weekends and holidays.
From November 1 to April 30, Woodbine Beach parking is free at these two public lots.
It is best to access these lots off of Lakeshore Ave. E. at the bottom of Coxwell Ave.
On the weekends in the summer and during special events and festivals, parking lots are often completely full by noon.
Right beside the Toronto Beach restaurant at Woodbine Beach, there is also an entrance to this parking lot. This section of the lot is very small, and it gets very busy.
My recommendation is to enter the lot at Coxwell Ave. This will give you the best chance of getting a parking spot in these two lots.
Street Parking near Woodbine Beach
Close to Woodbine Beach, there is some limited street parking on both sides of Coxwell Avenue, close to the Ashbridges Bay Skatepark, during certain hours. You may also find some street parking on Eastern Avenue between Coxwell Ave. and Woodfield Rd. Read the posted street signs carefully to avoid getting a ticket.
You can not park along Lakeshore Blvd. East.
Parking near HISTORY and Woodbine Park
The music venue, HISTORY, is located at 1663 Queen Street East (just east of Coxwell Avenue) and very close to Woodbine Beach. The best lot to use to park at HISTORY is the ImPark Beaches Cinema Lot 241, located directly behind the venue at 1141 Eastern Ave.
This lot is a large lot with about 200 parking spots. This lot is also great for those attending festivals at Woodbine Park.
That being said, this lot also usually charges event parking fees. Concert ticket holders can purchase tickets to the parking lot through Ticketmaster for $20.00. Parking is also available to purchase at this lot on the night of the show.
There are also two small Green P lots, Carpark 200 and 202, located directly in front of the ImPark Beaches Cinema Lot. The parking rates at these lots are more reasonable, but they are also very small and fill quickly.
There is also metered parking available on Queen Street and Kingston Road.
Parking on Residential Streets near History
You may be able to find residential street parking a short distance from HISTORY. Be sure to follow the posted parking signs. In most cases, you can not park past midnight without a residential parking permit, and there is a three-hour maximum unless otherwise posted.
Parking is regularly enforced in the Beaches, and if you are not careful, you can end up with an expensive parking ticket!
Parking Options in the Beaches Neighbourhood
There are three main options for parking in the Beaches. Parking on residential streets (street parking), metre parking, and paid public parking lots.
Street Parking on Residential Streets in the Beaches
While there is street parking all throughout the Beaches neighbourhood, it is not easy to find a spot (and you’ll want to know how to parallel park!). You may have to drive up and down the streets looking for a spot and be ready to walk a few minutes to your destination.
If you are lucky enough to find a spot, be sure to read the posted parking signs carefully, as there are times you can not park on the street without a paid permit.
If the sign does not indicate a maximum time to park, the unposted maximum time is 3 hours. Parking enforcement is vigilant in the Beaches, and the chances of getting a parking ticket are high.
Overnight Street Parking
If you are visiting and need to park on the street overnight, you can apply and pay for a temporary resident or visitor permit, if space is available. This is done through the City of Toronto. You can apply and pay online through parking services.
Metre Parking in the Beaches
Metre Parking is also available throughout the Beaches. Essentially, most of the metre parking is available on the north and south side of Queen Street.
Also, be sure to follow the posted parking times at the meters as there is no parking during rush hour, and if you are parked during those times, your car will not only be ticketed, but it could be towed.
Paid Public Parking Lots in the Beaches
Green P parking lots are owned by the City of Toronto and are usually the cheapest parking you will find anywhere in the city of Toronto. The advantage of Green P lots is that they are very reasonable and have set parking fees—no event parking prices.
When looking for parking, keep your eyes open for the round Green P signs that indicate where you can find these lots.
The downside is that these lots are often quite small and fill up very quickly, especially on weekends, in the summer, or during a special event.
Every lot has its own fees, but they range from $2.00 per hour to $2.50 per hour.
Complete List of Public Parking Lots in the Beaches Neighbourhood
Parking Lots Closest to Woodbine Beach Park and Ashbridges Bay Park
Carparks 193 and 194 are Green P pay and display lots, and they are located right at the beach. On the weekends in the summer and during special events and festivals, parking lots are often completely full by noon.
Green P Carpark 193 (Woodbine Beach Parking Lot)
✔️ Address: 1675 Lakeshore Blvd. E.
✔️ Capacity: 292 Spaces
✔️ Entrance off of Lakeshore Ave. E. at the bottom of Coxwell Ave. & turn to the left
Green P Carpark 194 (Ashbridges Bay Parking Lot)
✔️ Address: 20 Ashbridges Bay Park Road
✔️ Capacity: 270 Spaces
✔️ Entrance off of Lakeshore Ave. E. at the bottom of Coxwell Ave. & keep to the right
Parking Lots Closest to HISTORY & Woodbine Park
ImPark, behind the Beaches Cinema, is the official parking lot of HISTORY. This parking lot often charges event parking prices that range from about $10 to $20. HISTORY also allows concert ticket holders to reserve parking at this lot through Ticketmaster for a fee of $20.
ImPark Beaches Cinema Lot 241
✔️ Address: 1141 Eastern Ave.
✔️ Capacity: 200 Spaces
✔️ Located directly behind HISTORY & often charges Event Pricing
Green P Carpark 200
✔️ Address: 1167 Eastern Ave.
✔️ Capacity: 66 Spaces
✔️ Small lot behind HISTORY, south of Queen St.
Green P Carpark 202
✔️ Address: 1141 Eastern Ave.
✔️ Capacity: 18 Spaces
✔️ Tiny Green P lot located directly behind HISTORY, south of Queen St.
Green P Carpark 287
✔️ Address: 1091 Eastern Ave.
✔️ Capacity: 45 Spaces
✔️ Lot located just west of Coxwell (5 minute walk to HISTORY)
Queen Street Parking Lots
These parking lots are located just behind the stores on the south side of Queen Street. They are very small lots, but you can find a spot if you are lucky! You can then walk south through the residential streets to the beach or west to HISTORY.
Parking Lot Closest to Kew Gardens Park and the Beaches Library
The Lee Avenue lot is directly beside Kew Gardens Park and across the street from the Beaches library.
Green P Carpark 48
✔️ Address: 85 Lee Ave.
✔️ Capacity: 68 Spaces
✔️ Located just south of Queen St. on Lee Ave. beside Kew Gardens Park
Queen Street Lots
These lots are ideal for those shopping on Queen Street or having a meal at one of the many restaurants or patios located in the Beach.
Parking in the Upper Beaches
These lots are off of Kingston Road in the Upper Beaches area. These lots are about a 20-minute walk from the very east end of the Beach and a 45-minute walk to Woodbine Beach Park.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. There are two public parking lots at Woodbine Beach. Green P Carpark 193 and Green P Carpark 194. The best entrance to these lots are off of Lakeshore Blvd. E. at the bottom of Coxwell Ave.
Green P Carpark 193 and Green P Carpark 194 are $2.50 per hour. Saturday/Sunday/Holidays have a $9.00 maximum. These lots are free from November 1–April 30 each year. From May 1-Oct. 31, these lots are payment enforced.
The public parking lots at Woodbine Beach Park are free from November 1-April 30. They are payment enforced from May 1 to October 31.
Directly behind HISTORY, south of Queen Street, there are two very small Green P parking lots and a larger Impark Beaches Cinema lot. The Impark lot has about 200 spots and typically costs $20 to park during a concert. Parking tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the lot, depending on availability.
Final Thoughts: Parking in the Beaches Toronto
We hope this blog post about the parking situation in the Beaches, and especially at Woodbine Beach and Ashbridges Bay Park, has been helpful! Ultimately, you may find parking challenging in the area, especially in the summer and during special events. However, don’t allow the lack of parking deter you from visiting this great Toronto neighbourhood. There’s so much to see and do here, and with a little planning (and this handy list), finding parking won’t seem so difficult.
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