Winter has arrived! City reminds residents to prepare for winter weather


The cold and rainy weather, darker days, icy roads and possibly snow are coming. This is a great time to start preparations for winter weather and storm conditions.

To help avoid flooding during heavy rain or melting snow, residents are asked to clear leaves and debris from catch basins at storm drains near their properties.

Property owners or occupants are required to remove snow and ice from sidewalks in front of their properties within 24 hours, so that pedestrians have a safe place to walk and can stay clear of oncoming traffic. The City will clear sidewalks around parks, bridges, main bus stops, commuter trails and major City facilities as quickly as staff can get to them.

Trails, boardwalks, bridges, stairs and playground equipment can become slippery and hazardous when there is rain, snow and ice. Please take care and walk with caution through the City's parks. To report any concerns or issues in Nanaimo's parks and trails, please contact Nanaimo Parks & Recreation at 250-756-5200 or email

During a snowfall, the City's priority is to plow and maintain major roads, including emergency and bus routes. Residential areas are plowed and maintained within 96 hours unless snow and icy conditions return crews back to major routes.

When possible, residents are encouraged to stay home during snow or times of icy roads. Roads become narrower as plows clear snow to the sides. To help, residents should park in their driveways, or on even sides of the road on even days, and odd sides of the road on odd days.

Drivers must slow down and leave extra clearance from snow plows, salt trucks and ice equipment. Drivers should not pass when equipment is operating.

To report a concern or make a suggestion regarding snow and ice control, please contact the City of Nanaimo Public Works department at 250-758-5222 or

For all methods of commuting, be extra alert, aware, be seen and stay safe in any inclement weather.

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Key Points

  • During a snowfall, the City has predetermined priority routes. Priority plowing begins with major roads, including emergency and bus routes. The City will then plow residential areas with collector roads as the next priority, followed by cul-de-sacs and dead ends.
  • When snow plows and salt trucks are operating, drivers must keep back a safe distance and may not pass.
  • Residents must clear sidewalks of snow and ice within 24 hours of a snowfall or freeze. Residents should also help minimize flooding by keeping the catch basins in front of their homes free of leaves and other debris.
  • For road and sidewalk concerns, the City of Nanaimo Public Works department can be reached at 250-758-5222 or For concerns about City parks and trails, please contact Nanaimo Parks & Recreation at 250-756-5200 or email


"Although we are predicting a warmer winter than last year, we will experience rain and ice and likely snow. Residents should be as prepared as possible, and should use extra caution when driving and walking in winter conditions."

Senior Manager, Public Works
City of Nanaimo

"We want to encourage all users of parks and trails to use caution and to be aware of the conditions that come as a result of the unpredictable weather we often see at this time of year. With recent below zero temperatures, boardwalks can get icy. City crews will work to salt and clear debris from parks and trails as quickly as possible, but please be careful."

Manager, Parks Operations
City of Nanaimo

Quick Facts

  • Nanaimo's Roads and Traffic Services is responsible for maintaining approximately 1,500 lane kms of paved streets.
  • Salt is only effective at melting ice up to -6 degrees Celsius.


John Elliot
Sr. Manager, Public Works
City of Nanaimo

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