Beachway Weekend Parking Fees begin May 22

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

May 18th, 2021

New this summer, the City of Burlington is introducing a summer parking fee on weekends through the HONK mobile app.

Users do not have to download the app but can scan the QR code on parking lot signage to pay for parking.

Fees will be charged from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends beginning Saturday, May 22, 2021 until the last weekend in September, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2021.

It was people, people, people - for almost as far as the eye could see along the Beachway.

The Beachway is busier – visitors from outside the city come to enjoy the sandy beach – nothing like it in elsewhere in the Region.

The City is working to make sure residents can safely enjoy the outdoors while following all public health recommendations. The Beachway has gotten more popular over time and last summer saw record demand for parking due to the pandemic, resulting in the City having to use barricades, a drop-off zone, and parking ambassadors to help manage the demand for parking. Illegal parkers were given a warning and issued tickets.

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Parking on the median is prohibited – there is a pipeline underneath.

This year, especially those parking on Lakeshore Road shoulders and the grass boulevard over the pipeline, will be towed.

Visitors must pay for parking on weekends. It is an hourly rate of $2.50 or a daily flat rate of $20. Users can scan the QR Code or download the HonkMobile app.

There is a transaction fee of $0.35 for each payment. Dashboard tickets are not needed as every payment is linked to a license plate number.

Parking is free in Downtown Burlington on weekends and holidays. Beachway visitors are encouraged to extend their walk or use the drop-off zone, park and meet their household members at the beach. For parking downtown, visit

Visitors are also encouraged to consider taking Burlington Transit, cycling, walking or rolling to the beach and leaving their cars at home.

Starting Thursday, July 1, Burlington residents can take advantage of 10 free days of parking per year at Beachway Park. It is recommended that residents wait to fill out the parking exemption form once arriving at the beach and parked in a legal parking spot.

The exemption doesn’t guarantee a spot, but it does give residents free parking for the day.

For more information about parking at Beachway Park, visit

Transit - Vito Tolone

Director of Transportation Services, Vito Tolone

Director of Transportation Services, Vito Tolone explains what his department has to cope with: “Parking spaces at Beachway Park are very limited and the lots fills quickly. We are introducing paid parking on weekends this summer to help manage the parking and traffic flow.

“We are still under a Stay-at-Home Order from the province so we’d like to remind Beachway visitors to plan ahead and possibly consider coming back another time if the parking lot is full, or to park in an alternative location. Please avoid parking illegally – City bylaw officers will be actively ticketing and towing to further help manage parking and ensure safe traffic flow.”

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3 comments to Beachway Weekend Parking Fees begin May 22

  • Helen Donohoe

    $20 for a day at the beach for a family is great value. The beach is superb. The beachway is I think, a Halton Region asset therefore accessible to all Halton residents. There is just not enough parking to accommodate those who wish to use the beach. Many will be disappointed.

  • Sharon

    Absolutely disgusting that Burlington residents have to pay for parking after their 10 free days are done. Burlington Council is aware how long summer is? Why doesn’t Burlington do what Niagara is doing? Only residents are allowed to use the beach.
    Maybe we should park in the Mayor’s driveway.

  • bill

    Getting really tired of the city and their BS rules! It seems like they go out of their way to screw the residents. Let’s hope people remember this next election!!!