Montreal’s parking signs of confusion

confusing parking signs on Montreal's Casgrain street

On Saturday a friend who lives west of Montreal’s West Island in an area where public transit is especially difficult on weekends, picked me up in his car and we headed to the Smart Design Mart, a very cool art and design market in Mile End.

Imagine our luck when we looked out the car window and saw an empty parking space in a neighbourhood where parking spots are rare. A sign above declared no parking on Thursdays between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. from April 1st to December 1st. It was December 3rd.

I don’t drive and confess I don’t understand Montreal parking signs. I’m suspicious of anything that looks too good to be true. I asked my friend, who after all is an experienced driver, to confirm what I read. He too thought it was okay to park there.

An hour of happy browsing and shopping later, we headed back to the car only to find a ticket for $52 on the windshield. It seems we didn’t look at the signs carefully enough.

Right above the sign about no parking on Thursdays is another sign that says no parking. Ever.

So if you are on the west side of Casgrain, just north of St. Viateur, look way up when you’re reading the parking signs. As we pulled away from the curb my friend waved his ticket to warn drivers eager to grab our cursed parking spot.

It seems they didn’t understand the signs either.

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