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Which pathways are snow cleared and why

The City of Calgary Parks crews are committed to clearing snow on pathways within 24 hours of when the snow stops falling and on sidewalks adjacent to parks within 72 hours.

Of the 800 km of pathways that exist city-wide, Council has approved snow clearing for up to 400 km, requiring Parks to prioritize the pathway network.

Criteria used to determine which pathways are snow-cleared include:

  • Pathway use during winter
  • The steepness of the pathway and the safety of both citizens who use the pathway and crews who maintain it
  • Whether the pathway is required for access to LRT stations, schools, business districts or recreation centres
  • Whether the pathway connects to or is part of the primary cycling network

Some trails/pathways, due to the steepness of the slope or site conditions, are best used only during the non-winter months and are not snow cleared due to safety concerns for pathway users and crews who maintain them. Parks discourages citizens from clearing pathways that are steep and unsafe for snow removal, and may become extremely icy during melt/freeze conditions.

View the snow and ice control map to see pathways, sidewalks and overpasses that are cleared by the City.

To request snow clearing on a pathway that is listed on the snow clearing map, please call 311 or complete the online request.

Pathway snow clearing request