Snow Removal

Sidewalk snowplow

The City of Peterborough works to keep our roads, sidewalks and paved trails safe and clear of snow and ice. We clear roads, bike lanes and sidewalks based on regulated minimum standards, a priority list (such as major, high-traffic roads typically get dealt with first), and weather conditions.

We have established plans and routes for clearing snow. Depending on the severity of the storm, the time it takes to finish the snow clearing varies. A large storm or continuous snowfall over a long period of time may extend the amount of time it will take to clear snow from local streets.

Our Public Works division provides service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Depending on storm conditions, we can deploy 18 plow trucks, two graders, nine sidewalk plows and several loaders.

As snow accumulates during the winter, we regularly remove snow banks in the downtown area. We post no parking signs ahead of the snow bank removal work to allow our crews to access the area and remove the snow.

The City maintains:

  • 958 kilometres of roads
  • 399 kilometres of sidewalks
  • 129 signalized intersections
  • 26 vehicle bridges
  • 21 pedestrian bridges
  • 36 kilometres of maintained trails

Winter parking

Winter parking restrictions on City streets

Winter parking restrictions assist with snow-clearing operations.  To avoid tickets and/or your vehicle being towed, observe the following:

From December 1 to April 1, parking is prohibited on all City streets from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.  

This allows better, quicker snow clearing of city streets and at a lower cost because equipment will not have to return to clear areas where vehicles were parked.  The fine for a violation is $25.

During a snowstorm, when snow-clearing operations are underway, no stopping of a vehicle is permitted on any city street.

Snow-clearing operations typically take place between midnight and 8 a.m.  The fine is $80 for this violation and your vehicle will be towed.  All vehicles north of Parkhill Road will be towed to Milroy Park located at 242 Milroy Dr., with all other vehicles towed to Morrow Park located at 171 Lansdowne St. W. After 24 hours all unclaimed vehicles will be towed to an impound yard at the owners expense.

Where can I park off street?

Vehicles need to be off all streets, including streets in the downtown.  Free overnight parking is permitted at all municipal parking lots, the King Street Parkade and the Simcoe Parking Garage. Vehicles parked overnight at either parking garage can obtain a gate arm ticket upon entry to the garage to be used for a free transit trip home.

Can I park on City streets during the day or evening when it is snowing?

Parking is normally permitted throughout the day and evening during snowy weather outside of the specified hours when it is not allowed.  Only in an extreme weather event would a public service announcement be initiated to remove vehicles from city streets during the day or evening.

Remember parking is prohibited for longer than three hours on City streets at any time of the year, except where a sign indicates otherwise.

Thank you for your cooperation – you are helping to make city snow clearing more efficient and effective!

For more information, please call the Parking Division at 705-742-7777, ext. 2802.

Maintenance standards

We follow the provincial guidelines set under the Municipal Act, 2001, O. Reg. 239/02: Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways. The regulations categorize and prioritize roads based on traffic volumes and speed limits – the greater the volume of traffic and the greater the speed limit on the roads, the greater the priority for snow and ice clearing. The guidelines also include standards for the winter maintenance of bike lanes along roads and sidewalks.