The Snow Route parking ban program supports snow plowing operations by removing parked vehicles from the streets, and allowing crews to clear snow from Calgary roads more efficiently and effectively. During a ban, parking will be temporarily restricted on designated Snow Routes for up to 72 hours. Parking bans are reserved for the few times each winter when there is a large build-up of snow on city streets.
Snow Route parking ban alerts
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Snow Routes are located on major roadways, collector roads and most bus routes. Snow Routes can be identified throughout the city by blue signs with a white snowflake. Watch for these signs in your community. A detailed online interactive map
showing all Snow Routes is available.
Benefits of Snow Routes
The parking ban allows plows to clear the snow from curb to curb safely and efficiently, and eliminates several problems, such as snow building up beside parked cars and reduced road widths due to snow accumulations.
Parking bans not only help The City remove snow from major traffic routes more effectively, but also allow crews to start snow clearing residential routes faster. This benefits all Calgarians and helps make travel safer for everyone.
The Road Conditions map shows the GPS locations of snow plows and sanders and the current road plowing status.
How Snow Routes work
- Snow Routes include major roadways, collector roads and most bus routes.
- The City will issue an advisory when a Snow Event is expected in the forecast. This advisory is meant to serve as a warning that parking bans will soon be in effect on Snow Routes. Vehicles should be moved as quickly as possible following this advisory.
- The City will declare a parking ban is in effect when crews finish plowing priority one routes, but before they start on priority two routes (collector roads, major community access roads, etc.) Parking bans will be in effect for up to 72 hours or until The City declares they have been lifted. The parking ban will be announced through local radio and TV stations, and will be publicized on this webpage and through other communications channels.
- Snow clearing operations will be ongoing. Parked cars must be moved from Snow Routes when a parking ban is called. Vehicles that remain parked on these roads during the ban are subject to enforcement, up to and including a parking tag and tow. Check the FAQ page for more information.
Snow Route locations
Check out the interactive map to find out where Snow Routes are located.
Snow Route exemptions
On-Street Handicap Zones – no parking bans
On-street handicap zones located along snow routes will be exempt from the parking ban at all times. Citizens with mobility challenges can apply for a handicap zone in front of their home by following the handicap parking zone and sign process.
Downtown and Business Revitalization Zones – parking bans 9 p.m.- 6 a.m.
Vehicles can continue to park in ParkPlus zones located on Snow Routes during the day (from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.) Monday to Saturday during a Snow Event. Parking is not permitted in ParkPlus zones during a Snow Event from 21:00-0:600 (9 p.m. until 6 a.m.) when a ban is in effect. Check out the map for further information.
The City will use a variety of channels to inform Calgarians when Snow Route parking restrictions are in effect and when they are lifted.
Still have questions? Visit our FAQ page for more information.
**Please Note** If you typically park your vehicle on a Snow Route and are going out of town or leaving your car on the street for an extended period of time this winter, you should find alternate parking before you go. The Province’s Traffic Safety Act also bans vehicles from parking in one spot for over 72 hours. If snowfalls are anticipated, residents should try to be proactive and remove their vehicles from the street until the snow has been cleared off the road.
Help City crews keep our streets clear and safe during the snowy season by obeying Snow Route Parking Bans. Parking will be temporarily restricted on designated “Snow Routes” for up to 72 hours following a declaration of a Snow Event by The City.