We come in a rental mini-van and when we visit bigger cities, we normally do it like this. I drive downtown and let my wife and kids exit the car, and I drive back till where a good free parking spot is. That could be free parking on the street, a shopping centre with free parking, etc. And while they do the first shopping I walk back or take the bus.
For Ottawa I have not been able to google a map that shows where street parking is free and where it is restricted.
- Does anyone know of a map showing parking zones in Ottawa?
- Does anyone know of a good spot to park the car for a full day?
E.g. the super market here:
Preferably where there is a fairly direct bus-line nearby.
(PS. I know others just day-park the car for $20 and think "why bother", but this works for us... I don't mind seeing a bit more of the town while the girls looks at clothes)