Before it Snows
- Make note of the storm drains around your property. Remove leaves and other debris to avoid flooding.
- Park off-street when snow is expected. This will make it easier for snow ploughs and salt trucks to safely clear the street.
- Be prepared with the right supplies. Keep a shovel and supply of salt to de-ice your driveway and sidewalk.
- If you will be unable to clear the sidewalk in front of your property, arrange for a friend or neighbour to help or sign up for a Snow Angel.
After it Snows
- Keep the sidewalk in front of your property clear of ice and snow. Property owners must clear the sidewalks around their homes or businesses of snow and ice within 24 hours. See the Traffic and Parking Bylaw for details.
- Check-in on neighbours and family members who may require assistance.
- Clear snow from fire hydrants around your home or business to help our firefighters during an emergency.
- Park your car off the street. You could receive a ticket and be towed if your vehicle blocks any of the following:
- bus stops
- fire hydrants
- snow removal equipment
- the normal flow of traffic
Snow Removal on Roads
District staff monitor roads for snow and ice and are always winter-ready. During a snow event, crews are dispatched to remove snow and ice from streets on a priority basis.
Snow clearing routes
- 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!
West Vancouver's Guide to Snow Clearing