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The Town of Yarmouth and our residents share responsibility for clearing away snow and keeping our streets and sidewalks safe.

Snow is loaded and hauled away at intersections throughout the town when the snow banks impede the vision of vehicular traffic. Our team also removes snow from crosswalks in the immediate vicinity of schools within the town to ensure that pedestrians can see (and be seen)!

The town also removes snow from the front of retail businesses on Main Street, running from Parade Street to Argyle Street. Snow will be removed from Main Street once the snow banks have reached a height of 24" above the adjacent sidewalk, and the clear walking width of sidewalks has been reduced to 1.5 meters or less.

For the downtown business district on Main Street between Parade Street and Forest Street, we normally remove snow at night between 12:00 a.m. and 7 a.m., Monday to Friday, as time permits. This is done after storm cleanup operations have been completed on roads, sidewalks and parking lots. Besides Main Street, this service also includes:

  • Collins Street
  • John Street (Main Street to Second Street)
  • Cliff Street (Main Street to Kirk Street)

As for the front of retail businesses located on Main Street between Forest and Argyle Streets, snow removal is normally done during regular working hours, Monday to Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Your Responsibilities

Except for the areas that we outlined earlier, you are responsible for removing all snow and ice:

  • from any sidewalk which abuts any side of your property
  • from any pathway leading from a sidewalk abutting your property to the roadway
  • between any sidewalk abutting your property and a crosswalk

You’re also responsible for laying down salt or sand when needed, as well as clearing out potentially dangerous icicles. For more details on your responsibilities, see our  pdf Streets and Sidewalks By-law (174 KB) .

Fire Hydrants

Whenever snow begins to accumulate to levels where the operation of hydrants becomes difficult or they are buried entirely, they will be shovelled out. This normally occurs once clean-up after a storm has been completed.

Snow Dumps

There are four locations within the Town of Yarmouth where snow is taken for disposal after removal:

  • Clements Avenue (off Starrs Road)
  • Adjacent to Terry's Rentals (off Forest Street)
  • Clements Avenue (off Parade Street)
  • Old Sweeney's slipway (adjacent to Lobster Rock Wharf)