Parking ban notice comes early to help get ready

December 24, 2021

News Release

A parking ban on streets in snow route areas will come into effect at midnight Saturday, Dec. 25.

Notice of the parking restriction is normally issued 24 hours before the ban comes into effect, but with the potential for family gatherings over the holiday, some advanced notice is being provided to allow people to plan ahead.

“A parking ban issuance is a decision we don’t take lightly. In this case we considered the time of year and we decided to issue the ban early so folks have ample time to make alternate arrangements while allowing for street parking for visiting friends and family for the evening” said Geert Bos, Public Works Manager.

The snow event advisory affects residents living on designated snow routes in Academy Way, Black Mountain, Clifton/Magic Estates/Wilden, Dilworth Mountain, Kirschner Mountain, McKinley Beach and areas in the South Mission (including The Ponds).

The weather forecast calls for sustained snow and flurries today and lasting into Christmas Day and the early morning hours of Boxing Day. 

“With a hard, sustained freeze setting in on Sunday following these snow events, crews will be focused on getting as much snow as possible cleared from roads and sidewalks. Not having the vehicles parked on the road will help our team members greatly in the provision of safe, efficient and effective winter maintenance and will provide safer road conditions across town,” said Bos.  Residents not living on a snow route are also encouraged to move their vehicles off the road to help plows clear the snow from curb to curb safely and quickly.     The snow route parking bans will be in effect until the City declares they have been lifted. Residents can find out if the parking bans are still in effect by:   

  • Signing up for Road Report/Transportation news through the City’s e-subscribe mailing list at kelowna.ca/notifications  
  • Visiting the City’s website at kelowna.ca/snowroutes 
  • Following the City’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @cityofkelowna) 
  • Listening to local news on the radio or reading online news sites or local newspapers 

Vehicles that remain parked on snow routes during the temporary parking ban are subject to enforcement, up to and including a $50 fine or towing.  The City clears and de-ices municipal streets including snow routes by their priority classification. Priority 1 includes high-traffic roads such as Gordon Drive. Priority 2 includes collector roads such as Richter Street, bus routes, school zones, town centers and emergency vehicle stations. Priority 3 includes local roads in neighbourhoods and Priority 4 includes remaining lanes. 

Highway 97 (Harvey Avenue) and Highway 33 are maintained by the Provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.      For more information about snow routes, including maps, visit kelowna.ca/snowroutes.