Parking in Tofino

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Over a third (35%) of all trips by Tofino residents are made by sustainable forms of transportation such as walking, cycling and shuttle services. Over the next 20 years, the District is aiming to double this percentage.

Learn about the District's Multi-Modal Transportation Plan to support a shift away from private automobiles by promoting sustainable, active, and efficient transportation alternatives.

Parking Plan

The "Downtown Core Parking Plan" was approved by Council in June 2015 after consultation with the community through the Downtown Parking Review and the Zoning Bylaw Review. The plan aims to strike a balance between the needs of all user groups; providing clarity and an equitable framework for residents, businesses and visitors alike.

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This map has been placed on the website for convenience only and may not contain the latest changes to parking zones. It is the responsibility of the vehicle operator to check for signs and other hazards when parking.

Pay Parking

Pay Parking is in effect May to October of each year in the Municipal Lots adjacent to the Municipal Office at 121 Third Street. Parking can be purchased at the blue kiosk using VISA, Mastercard, or American Express. The machine also accepts $0.25, $1, or $2 coins.

  • RVs and Oversized Vehicles are only permitted in the paved lot adjacent to Campbell Street.
    • ?Temporary Change for Summer 2020 (see RV Parking Section Below)
  • The gravel lot adjacent to Main and Third St is for Standard Size Vehicles only.
  • Trailers are not permitted in either Pay Parking lot, under any circumstances.

Parking Rates Effective May 1, 2020

Regular Vehicle Parking for 2 hours $2.75
Regular Vehicle Parking for 12 hours $10.00
Regular Vehicle Parking for 24 hours $12.50
Regular Vehicle Parking for 7 days $35.00
Regular Vehicle Parking for 14 days $65.00
RV Park 4 hours $12.00
RV Parking to 10 PM $20.00

Traffic & Parking Regulation Bylaw No. 1091 (Consolidated Version)

See the Parking Map for all Pay Parking Lots.

RV Parking

In order to maintain safe and effective traffic circulation and roadway visibility downtown, on-street Recreational Vehicle (RV) parking is limited in Tofino. Please consider leaving your RV at your accommodation and walking, cycling or rolling into town - or consider alternative transportation options.

Summer 2020 Update: The off-street paid RV parking lot on Campbell Street downtown is temporarily an Alfresco Dining Area to meet the needs of local restaurtants during COVID-19. 

Appropriate on-street RV parking is located in areas just outside of the downtown core on Gibson Street, Arnet Road, and at the Community Hall. 

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Trailers

When parked on public property within the District of Tofino, all trailers must be securely attached to a vehicle.

Trailers, attached or unattached, are not permitted in the on-street or off-street parking areas within the Downtown Core.

Offshore Permits

To ensure that offshore residents and communities have access to parking, the "Downtown Core Parking Plan" increased the number of offshore permit spaces and provides clearly signed areas for Offshore Permit Only parking in the downtown core.

Please see the Parking Map for all Offshore Permit Areas.

QUALIFYING FOR A PERMIT

To qualify for a permit, offshore residents must provide:

  • A current licence plate number; and
  • Proof of offshore residency* (current vehicle insurance documents or a current driver’s licence)

Visitors and persons who do not have a permanent offshore address do not qualify for parking permits.

*Other Forms of Proof Include: Current Lease or Purchase Agreements; Recent Telephone, Cable or Utility Bills; Recent Credit Card or Bank Statements. 

*Applying on Someone Else's Behalf: Please bring all necessary documentation (above).

*Contractors/Temporary Offshore Workers: Offshore communities have been issued a limited number of permits for temporary contractors/workers. Please contact the administration office for the relevant community for more information about obtaining a temporary permit while working offshore.

OFFSHORE PERMIT ONLY SPACES

Offshore Permit Only parking spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Having a permit does not guarantee a space. If no Offshore Permit spaces are available, permit holders may park:

  • In any of the unrestricted parking areas throughout the District.
  • In time-limited parking spots, but only for the time specified.
  • In Pay Parking lots for the prescribed fee.

Offshore Permits do not allow vehicles to be parked beyond posted time limits or in pay lots without a valid ticket.

Bylaw Enforcement Officers make every attempt to maintain permit parking spaces for vehicles with valid permits only.  To make a Bylaw Complaint, please Click Here

RULES & REGULATIONS
  • There is no fee for Offshore Permits.
  • Permits must be visibly displayed – hung face-out on the rear-view mirror.
  • Permits are valid for one calendar year, from January 01 to December 31, and provide for unlimited time parking in permit designated spots.
  • Permits are not valid for unattached boat trailers.
  • Permits are issued to license plates registered to a specific person; they are not transferrable. 

APPLY FOR AN OFFSHORE PARKING PERMIT

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