The Town of Huntsville Public Works Department maintains municipally-owned roadways, sidewalks and parking lots throughout the year. This page outlines various seasonal maintenance procedures for winter and spring.

Winter maintenance

From Nov 15th to April 15th our crews maintain over 400 kms of roads and approximately 30 kms of sidewalks by plowing, sanding, salting and removing snow.

The Public Works Department performs maintenance at a level that meets or exceeds Ontario Provincial Regulation 366/18 – Minimum Maintenance Standards for Roads.This ensures that snow and ice are removed within a specified time frame based on the specific road classification (average daily traffic volumes and speed limits).  

Please select from the following list to learn more about our winter operations:

Winter patrolling

To ensure all roads are maintained, all rural roads are routinely patrolled and maintained to comply with the Town's winter maintenance standards.

Snow clearing priorities

Main Routes

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

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.

Plow routes 

The Town of Huntsville has 9 dedicated plow routes that take approximately between 6 – 7 hours to complete depending on many factors (ie. weather, road conditions, obstructions such as parked vehicles, etc.).

Starting this winter season the Town will be exercising a new Pilot Project, where a split shift model will be conducted to ensure that more time, during the weekdays, will be given towards winter maintenance. For instance, in one day, a total of 16 hours of plowing time will be now be recognized with the first shift being from 4am – 12pm and the second being 12pm – 8pm.

District snow clearing priorities

Contact the District of Muskoka for snow clearing priorities on District-owned and maintained roads. If you are unsure who owns a road, please see our Roads page for map details.

Winter parking

From November 1 to April 15, there is no overnight on-street parking. This is to allow for safe and effective snow plowing and winter operations. During these winter months, please keep in mind:

  • Cars parked on-street during the overnight hours may be towed at the owner's expense
  • This includes parking at the end of dead-end streets which makes it difficult for the plow truck or sander to turn around
  • Parking in municipal parking lots overnight in the winter months is allowed
  • Parking on-street is allowed in the day time, according to posted signage
  • Check the winter parking map for details on where you can park this winter and location of municipal parking lots

Please assist the Public Works department with their winter maintenance operations by adhering to these by-law regulations.

Municipal parking lots

Municipally-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 as staff must continue throughout their route.

Learn more about where to park on the parking page.

Helpful tips for residents during the winter season

  • Protect your mailbox by making sure the area around it is free and clear of snow. Should your mailbox be damaged by a plow, please submit a road inquiry to request an inspection and assessment to be conducted
  • Don’t shovel, blow or plow snow out onto a public roadway. Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act it is illegal
  • Keep sidewalks fronting or abutting your private property free and clear of ice and snow as required between 9am and 5pm. Snow Removal By-law and Snow Removal By-law Amendment
  • Keep children from playing in and around snowbanks near roadways and traffic
  • Keep fire hydrants clear and accessible as in the event of a fire, gaining access could be critical
  • 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 

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