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Downtown Oakville

Downtown Oakville is the heartbeat of the town, and quite a sophisticated cultural destination noted for its upscale retail, professional business mix and exceptional dining nestled together in one convenient location.

Downtown Oakville

The Downtown Oakville Business Improvement Area oversees the six city blocks along Lakeshore Road East from the Oakville Harbour to Allan Street, and is home to over 400 businesses, truly a fascinating heritage, art and entertainment destination.

Downtown Oakville’s fine collection of boutique retail includes art galleries, restaurants, gourmet food purveyors, high style fashion & design houses, health and wellness centres, and offers the savvy shopper quality brands and exceptional service. The area is also home to a myriad of professional services, from banking and finance to real estate and renovation & construction.

In 2019, Downtown Oakville will host a number of events, including the annual Sidewalk Sale, Midnight Madness, Tiny Tots on Parade and the Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Enjoy your visit to Downtown Oakville and experience the BEST shopping and dining in the Greater Toronto Area!


Lakeshore road reconstruction and streetscape project

The reconstruction of Lakeshore Road in downtown Oakville is scheduled to begin this spring and will be completed in two phases over a two-year period. In advance of the reconstruction, Union Gas will be installing a new gas line on each side of Lakeshore Road beginning on March 12. Work will begin at Navy Street, end at Dunn Street and be completed by the end of April.

Phase 1: Navy Street – Dunn Street: April – November 2019

Phase 2: Dunn Street – Allan Street: April – November 2020


During the Lakeshore Road reconstruction, Council has approved a parking program to help attract customers and visitors to downtown Oakville.

First hour free parking with Honk

Use the promo code DOWNTOWN in the Honk Mobile App to get your first hour of parking free at a metered space or in a municipal parking lot in downtown Oakville.

Free weekend parking

Parking at a metered space or in a municipal parking lot has always been free on Sundays and holidays. During the reconstruction, parking at a metered space or in a municipal parking lot will also be free on Saturdays.

New municipal parking lot F

The former fire hall lot at the corner of Randall Street and Navy Street will be converted into a temporary parking lot to provide more parking options for visitors, customers and employees in downtown Oakville.

More on-street parking spaces

When Lakeshore Road is closed for construction, the side streets in the immediate blocks become temporary dead end streets. These streets will be converted to create more parking spaces by providing perpendicular parking along on side of the street. This will create more parking spaces for convenient access to the stores, restaurants and businesses near the road closure.

Ongoing parking programs

Parking will continue to be provided for visitors, customers and employees throughout downtown Oakville during the Lakeshore Road reconstruction project. Parking at the on-street metered spaces and in the municipal parking lots is free after 6 pm and all day on Sundays and holidays.

Pay with your phone

With the free Honk Mobile app, you can easily search, pay for and top up parking from a phone, tablet or computer. This payment option is easy and quick to use so you can get to where you want to go!

Set up is simple:

  1. Visit to download the app from Apple Store and Google Play
  2. Set up account including vehicle and payment information
  3. Choose “zone” or location to park (available on machine or meter or on app)
  4. Choose time needed to park
  5. Enter promo code DOWNTOWN to get your first hour free
  6. Extend time up to maximum allowed in location

More information

  • The parking programs are available in downtown Oakville during the Lakeshore Road reconstruction project
  • Vehicles are prohibited from parking contrary to parking regulations
  • Vehicles must comply with the maximum parking durations on the street or in the lot
  • The Parkade at 300 Church Street is excluded from these parking programs
  • The 20-minute quick stop metered parking spaces are excluded from the first hour free parking program
  • Employees of the downtown businesses should continue to leave the closest and most convenient parking spaces available for their customers and clients

For more information about the reconstruction, visit