Winter Preparedness

Winter is a challenging time of year, but by taking a few common sense steps, you can help maintain safer roads, sidewalks and prevent other winter-related risks.

Be prepared for the challenges that can arise when it snows by planning ahead.

  • install quality snow tires on your vehicle
  • prepare an emergency kit for your home and vehicle, including candles, matches, blankets, a shovel, booster cables, water and some non-perishable food. Visit North Shore Emergency Management for more information.
  • stock up on food supplies and ensure your prescriptions are filled
  • keep a shovel and supply of salt to de-ice your driveway and sidewalk
Resident responsibilities

Prevent flooding: clear storm drains around your home

Make note of the storm drains around your property before it snows. Keep the drains clear by removing all snow and other debris to avoid flooding. 

Park off-street

During a snow event, shovel your driveway and park off the street. You could receive a ticket and be towed if your vehicle blocks any of the following:

  • bus stops
  • driveways
  • fire hydrants
  • intersections
  • snow removal equipment
  • the normal flow of traffic

Keep Sidewalks Clear

Property owners must clear the sidewalks around your home or business of snow and ice. See the Traffic and Parking Bylaw for details.

Traffic and Parking Bylaw

Street clearing priorities

Snow removal

During a snow event, we will remove snow from streets on a priority basis.

  • Priority 1 routes: Bus routes, emergency routes, arterial roads (e.g. Marine Drive) and major collector roads (e.g. 15th Street) are the first to be cleared. During longer storms, primary roads—especially bus routes—are repeatedly plowed to ensure that everyone has a viable transportation alternative. 
  • Priority 2 routes: School routes and minor collector roads (e.g. Bellevue Avenue) are the second to be cleared.
  • Priority 3 routes: Local roads, cul-de-sacs, footpaths and footbridges will be dealt with after the weather disturbance has passed and/or Priority 1 and 2 routes are in a safe and stable condition. Please be patient!

Garbage & recycling collection

Garbage collection

Did we miss your pick-up? Your collection schedule may have to be suspended during periods of snow and ice.

Please securely store your material until your next scheduled collection day. Ensure it is securely stored overnight to avoid attracting wildlife.

More information or report a missed pick-up

Collection calendar

Snow safety

The following tips will help you and your loved ones stay safe this snow season:

  • drive only if necessary. Public transit is a good alternative, but expect schedules to be affected by snow
  • monitor weather forecasts carefully and plan accordingly
  • stay on main roads and avoid side streets
  • drive slowly and be sure to brake early to avoid skidding
  • check on neighbours and family members who may need extra assistance
  • clear snow from fire hydrants around your home or business to help our firefighters during an emergency
Be prepared

By taking a few steps before winter arrives, you will be prepared for the challenges that can arise when it snows :

  • install quality snow tires on your vehicle
  • prepare an emergency kit for your home and vehicle, including candles, matches, blankets, a shovel, booster cables, water and some non-perishable food. Visit North Shore Emergency Management for more information.
  • stock up on food supplies and ensure your prescriptions are filled
  • keep a shovel and supply of salt to de-ice your driveway and sidewalk

More tips to help you prepare for West Vancouver’s most challenging season:

  • monitor the District website, Twitter and Facebook pages for snowfall warnings and other alerts
  • follow North Shore Emergency Management on Twitter and sign-up for RapidNotify
  • especially during periods of heavy rainfall, avoid creeks and rivers. Flash floods are a real possibility and pose a significant danger
  • keep an emergency kit and supplies in your home, office and car. Stock up on food and water and ensure that your prescriptions are filled. Visit North Shore Emergency Management or call 778-338-6300 for more information
  • keep your (and your neighbours) driveway and walkway clear of ice and snow. Check in on neighbours and family members who may require assistance
  • park off the road to allow ploughs and emergency vehicles space to pass. Don’t abandon your car if it gets stuck.
  • avoid driving during extreme weather events. If you need to drive, take extra caution and plan for extra time to reach your destination
  • stay well clear of downed power lines and report them by calling 9-1-1. Learn more from BC Hydro

Important contacts

Trees on roads, snow or flooding
West Vancouver Public Works Dispatch
604-925-7100

Recycling & Garbage questions
604-925-7176
Info about missed pick-ups

Social Services and Community Resources
North Shore Community Resources
604-985-7138

Seniors’ Activity Centre LINKS Program
604-925-7289

Public Transit
West Vancouver Blue Bus
604-985-7777
TransLink customer info line
604-953-3333
TransLink

Police & Fire
9-1-1 for emergency calls only

Police
604-925-7300 for non-emergency calls

Fire
604-925-7370 for non-emergency calls

Power failures and trees on power lines
BC  Hydro
1-888-POWERON (1-888-769-3766)
BC Hydro

General information
Municipal Hall Reception
604-925-7000 for other non-emergency issues
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.  Monday–Friday

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