Please drive according to road conditions.
In an effort to facilitate our snow removal efforts, please refrain from parking on streets during a storm event.
For after-hours road emergencies please call 705-789-1751 and select option "2".
Please see our maps page to view our plowing and salting routes.
Snow Clearing Priorities
Snow removal is performed by the Town of Huntsville's Public Works Department. While all roads and streets are plowed and/or salted as soon as possible, some higher traffic roads are identified as higher priorities.
Main Routes focus on main roads which carry large volumes of traffic including bus routes; school areas; emergency, fire, hospital routes and critical areas on hills, curves and bridges. These roads are maintained to a bare pavement condition and are the Town's first priority.
Designated Secondary Routes
Designated Secondary Routes focus on the streets that link the main routes with secondary or residential streets. These streets are maintained to a centre bare pavement condition and are the Town's second priority after main routes are passable.
Secondary Routes include all low volume local and residential streets within our neighbourhoods. These streets are not maintained to a bare pavement condition, they are plowed and sanded as necessary to provide safe vehicular travel. They are only serviced after the main routes and designated secondary routes have been cleared to an acceptable level.
There are approved Levels of Service which are followed as well as legislated Minimum Maintenance Standards initiated by the Ministry of Transportation which includes snow removal standards based on traffic volume and snow accumulation. The Town of Huntsville meets or exceeds these standards.
Municipal Parking Lots
Town owned parking lots are generally cleared between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. when there is very little parking activity. Should a vehicle be parked in a municipal lot between these hours, that vehicle may be plowed in.
Salting and Sanding
Salt is applied along the main routes and designated secondary routes early in a storm event in order to prevent snow from adhering to the pavement. This allows the plow to clear the streets more effectively while providing an increased level of safety.
Salting may be repeated, as necessary, until a bare pavement condition is achieved. Critical areas, such as steep hills, curves, bridges, intersections and approaches to railway crossings receive top priority.
Salt Management Plan
The District of Muskoka has developed a Salt Management Plan with the goal of minimizing the use of salt on area streets due to its detrimental effect on our environment. To this end, salt is only applied to the main routes and designated secondary routes. It is not normally used on secondary streets. Instead, sand is used on secondary streets and in agricultural areas to provide traction and reduce slippery conditions.
In addition, salt is not used on any roads when temperatures become so low that it can no longer effectively melt ice.
Please see The District of Muskoka website for more information about the Salt Management Plan.
Sidewalk Snow Clearing
The Town is responsible for clearing all sidewalks fronting Town owned properties. Private property owners with sidewalks fronting or abutting their property must remove such ice and snow, as is required, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. of each day except Sundays and Municipal holidays or holidays recognized by the Municipality for businesses within the Town of Huntsville as required under the Town of Huntsville's Snow Removal By-law and Snow Removal By-law Amendment.
What can you do to help?
As a resident of The Town of Huntsville, you can help us in many ways:
- Report any slippery or dangerous road conditions to us as soon as possible at (705) 789-1751.
- Refrain from parking on streets during a winter storm event;
- Pile all snow from your driveway and walkways on your property - not on the road. When clearing your driveway pile snow on the right side of your driveway if you are facing the street. This will help reduce the amount of snow pushed back into your driveway by a plow;
- Shovel the Town sidewalk in front of AND beside your property as soon as you can after a storm event and apply sand or salt when icy, the Town of Huntsville's Snow Removal By-law requires it;
- Keep fire hydrants clear and accessible as in the event of a fire, gaining access could be critical; and
- On your garbage day, place your garbage and recycling containers close to the edge of the road but not so close as to interfere with snow removal.
Please be patient, you can be sure that during a storm event we are exerting our maximum effort to return road conditions to normal. Under severe conditions, it takes some time to get to all streets. If your street has not been plowed, please allow at least 24 hours after the snow has stopped before calling.
Snow plows have nowhere to push snow except to the curb or shoulder of the road and that includes any driveways in their path. The Town of Huntsville realizes this causes some hardship and we ask for your understanding as our main goal is to make the roads as safe as possible.