Town of Canmore

Snow Management

The Town of Canmore manages snow and ice in a manner that makes best efforts to provide safe access for all users of the transportation network and public facilities. We use a variety of methods to manage icy conditions. These include salt, sand, rock chips and anti-icing solution. Crews continuously monitor and address concerns on all roads, as required, based on weather conditions.

Snow and ice mitigation is attempted if possible prior to snow events, and snow plowing typically takes precedence over snow removal. You can read more in the  pdf Snow and Ice Control Policy (2.78 MB) .

Snow Plowing Priority Routes

We follow priority maps for snow plowing on streets and pathways. You can view the street and pathway priority maps below (click to expand).

Priority 1 Roadways - Arterials, collectors, school bus routes, school zones, public transit routes, handicapped parking stalls on roadways

  • Plowing to commence after a minimum of 2cm of snow accumulation 
  • Plowed within 24 hours of a snowfall ending

Priority 1 Active Transportation - Transit stops, crosswalks, wheelchair ramps

  • Plowing to commence after a minimum of 2cm of snow accumulation
  • Plowed within 24 hours of a snowfall ending

Priority 2 Roadways - Downtown core, industrial areas, emergency accesses

  • Plowing to commence after a minimum of 5cm of snow accumulation 
  • Plowed within 48 hours of a snowfall ending

Priority 2 Active Transportation - Pathways, sidewalks, cycling routes, on-street bicycle lanes

  • Plowing to commence after a minimum of 5cm of snow accumulation 
  • Plowed within 48 hours of a snowfall ending

Priority 3 Roadways - Local roads, parking lots, laneways

  • Plowed only as necessary or required

Priority 3 Active Transportation - Bicycle corrals

  • Hand clearing within 72 hours of a snowfall ending

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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