The District of Tofino is launching hourly pay parking along some of its downtown streets beginning Monday, July 17.
The seasonal pay parking program will be in place from July to October and is intended to increase parking availability and parking turnover during the busy tourism season.
Revenue collected from the program will be used to fund other local programs and services, according to the district.
The paid parking will be in effect between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily, with “dedicated parking ambassadors” enforcing the paid parking hours seven days a week.
Downtown Tofino residents can apply for a free parking permit for one vehicle, as well as residents of Ahousaht, Opitsaht, Esowista, Hesquiaht and Tyhistanis.
Eligible residents can register for the parking pass on the District of Tofino website.
Parking will cost $2 per hour for regular vehicles, and $4 per hour for recreational vehicles, up to a maximum of four hours between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
A map of the paid parking areas can be found on the district website.
“We have heard clearly from our residents, visitors and business community about the increasing struggle with parking in Tofino’s downtown core,” said Tofino Mayor Dan Law in a release Tuesday.
“We are confident this parking model will ensure a healthier turnover of parking spaces to allow more people shared enjoyment and convenient access to downtown Tofino.”