Snow and Ice Control

During the winter season, Nanaimo's Roads and Traffic Services is responsible for maintaining 567 kms of paved streets and lanes in a safe and passable condition.

Our Snow and Ice Control brochure provides basic information on how we perform this service. Of course, nature plays a major role in the results.

Nanaimo's normal snowfall is often referred to as "a 36-hour winter." Generally, it starts snowing in early evening and turns to rain by morning. The winter of 1996-97 was exceptional: 22 centimetres of snow fell the weekend before Christmas and a further 47.2 on the 27th and 28th. On such occasions, despite the best efforts of a highly motivated crew, conditions can deteriorate and roads can become treacherous. Motorists are advised to practice defensive driving and exercise caution at all times.

Winter Driving Tips

You may want to consider:

  • Installing snow tires
  • Adding weight such as sand bags
  • Checking the radiator anti-freeze protection level
  • Checking the window washer anti-freeze level
  • Making sure there is an ice scraper in your car
  • Keeping door lock de-icer on hand
  • Checking the condition of your window wiper blades
  • Keeping your gas tank full
  • Allowing more time for your vehicle to warm up
  • Slowing down when driving
  • Allowing more stopping distance, driving well ahead
  • Planning your route to avoid hills
  • Staying well back from snow ploughs and salt trucks
Contact Us

Public Works Department 250-758-5222

Last updated: November 29, 2018

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