Snow and Ice Control


Revelstoke is known for its ample snowfall in the winter.  The City’s objective is to provide safe and orderly transportation for emergency equipment, vehicle traffic, and pedestrians throughout the winter months.  With frequent and often heavy snowfalls, the crew work hard to clear the streets as efficiently and effectively as possible.  The process takes time, especially with severe storms.  Snow removal resources are not unlimited and unanticipated equipment failures can happen and cause delays.

Citizens can help the snow removal process by understanding route priorities and taking the time to read through the below information tabs.  

We thank everyone for their cooperation and patience.  
Please drive safely and plan ahead. Have a safe and happy winter.

  1. Priorities
  2. Shoveling/ Sidewalks
  3. Street Parking
  4. Safety
  5. Helpful Reminders

Removal Plan
One of the main objectives of the Public Works Department is to provide for the safe and orderly movement of emergency equipment, vehicle traffic, and pedestrians throughout the city during the winter. For that reason, a snow removal plan has been developed and is reviewed each year in order to better meet the needs of residents.

During significant winter weather events, plowing will be concentrated on Emergency Routes, Bus Routes, and Main road arterials as per the City Snow Removal Policy.  Resources are committed to keeping these routes open and priority to emergency services such as Hospitals, Ambulance, Police and Fire.  Once all priority routes are cleared, crews will concentrate efforts on clearing residential streets.  

The department established a priority system in order to maintain the safest driving and walking conditions possible given prevailing weather conditions and demand on available workforce, equipment, and financial resources.

The Public Works Department will direct snow removal and sanding to established priorities outlined in the City of Revelstoke’s PW-10 Snow and Ice Removal Policy.

These are:

1.    Arterial roads accessing emergency services
2.    Downtown core
3.    Bus routes and hills
4.    Parking lots: City-owned parking lots (i.e., Community Centre, Arena / Curling Club), RCMP detachment, Fire Department, and courthouse parking lots
5.    Remaining streets and roads
6.    Fire hydrants