Snow routes

Jan 2 update: the snow event advisory issued on Dec. 28, 2017 has now been lifted.

Snow routes are identified as areas that are particularly challenging for snow removal due to elevation, road grade (slope), roadway width and numerous cul-de-sacs. In October 2015, Council approved the establishment of snow routes in four areas: Wilden, the Ponds, Magic Estates and Dilworth Mountain. 

Snow Route Maps

Check the snow route maps to see if you live on a snow route. Signage indicating snow route areas will be installed each November. Additional areas may be implemented in the future as this program evolves.

During a significant snow event, a snow advisory will be issued and there will be a temporary parking ban on snow route roads. The parking ban will come into effect 24 hours after the snow advisory has been issued. 

The temporary parking ban allows plows to clear the snow from curb to curb safely and efficiently, and helps decrease problems, such as snow building up beside parked cars and reduced road widths due to snow accumulations. 

Vehicles that remain parked on these roads during the ban are subject to enforcement, up to and including a fine and tow. Currently the fine is $50.

Areas designated as snow routes will not be given any special consideration over other streets. Streets will be cleared by their priority classification per Snow and Ice Control Policy No.332.

Several cities across Canada have snow routes including Prince George, BC; Calgary, AB; Edmonton, AB; and Winnipeg, MB. 

How will I know when a snow route parking ban is in effect?

The City will issue a snow event advisory and will be noted at the top of this webpage. An advisory can be issued as a result of a forecast for an expected snow event, during a snow event or after a snow event. Vehicles should be moved as soon as possible, but no later than 24 hours following the advisory.

The snow route parking bans will be in effect until the City declares they have been lifted. You can find out if the parking bans are in effect by:

  • Signing up for Road Report news through the City’s e-subscribe channel and receiving the advisory through email
  • Visiting the City’s Snow Removal page
  • Following the City’s social media channels (Facebook and Twitter)
  • Listening to local news on the radio or reading on online news sites or in local newspapers

Where will I park when the snow event advisory is issued?

Residents living on snow routes are encouraged to find alternative parking in advance; such as a garage, underground parkade or surface lot.

Residents that typically park on a snow route and are going out of town or leaving the vehicle on the street for an extended period of time this winter, should find alternate parking before leaving, or ask a friend or neighbour to move the vehicle.

If a snow event has not been declared and it starts snowing, should I move my vehicle? 

Yes. All residents are encouraged to help clear the way by moving their vehicle off the roads, especially if they live in a cul-de-sac. This helps crews clear the way more effectively as they can clear to the curb and move onto to the next road quicker.