Parking by the numbers in the Exchange District

Exchange District BIZ Blog

With new bike lanes and back-in angled parking in play, there’s been a shift in the makeup of the streets in the Exchange. To make things clear and easy for vehicle commuters, the Exchange District BIZ has released a parking map to help them easily locate one of the 32,000 available surface, parkade or street parking spaces in the area.

This handy new resource is available to BIZ members and visitors by visiting or arranging a pickup at the Exchange District BIZ office (at 492 Main Street), keeping an eye out at Exchange District storefronts, or by digital download here.

The parking map resource is the latest in a series of helpful tools for navigating the Exchange (check out the walking map, available for download on this page).

Interested in parking-by-the-numbers in the Exchange? Here are 4 myth-busting facts about parking in the Exchange District.

  1. When you park anywhere within the 20-square-block Exchange District, you’re always less than a 10-minute walk away from your destination – and usually within 5 minutes!If you were to do an overlay of Polo Park and the Exchange District, most of the time, you’re probably actually walking further to the store you want to get to from the mall parking lot.
  2. There are over 32,000 parking spaces including on-street, off-street and heated parkade parking stalls in the downtown area.Typically, there are options for paying by phone, credit card or coin for each. Compared to cities of similar size and makeup, parking isn’t expensive in Winnipeg, but we’re less used to paying for it.
  3. Getting to the Exchange is easy for all types of commuters. There are over eight major bus routes that flow into the Exchange, in addition to the free Downtown Spirit.For the winter-hardy, try cycling through the new bike routes! The Exchange is one of Winnipeg’s top “bike-to” destinations, with plenty of bike parking, Bike Friendly Businesses and safeguarded bike routes.
  4. The parking map highlights parking spaces that leave you between 0 to 2 minutes, 2 to 5 minutes, or 5 to 10 minutes from Old Market Square.No matter where you park, you’re centrally located and have easy access to the hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars – and dozens of maker’s spaces and art galleries in the Exchange District.

For more information on the parking map, and to download a copy, please visit our Getting Around page.