Be Prepared for Winter Roads

Winter Roads – Priority Roads Service

Please remember that ice control and snow plough service is provided on a priority route basis with Happy Valley, Metchosin, William Head, Rocky Point and Kangaroo Roads being top priority.  Next are school bus and BC Transit routes, followed by all other roads.

Help Us by Being Prepared for Winter Roads

Signs are posted at every road entrance into Metchosin – “Winter Tires are Required on Metchosin Roads”.  Please ensure that your vehicle is equipped with good winter tires to handle Metchosin’s hilly and winding roads. All-Season tires lose their pliability and traction at 7 degrees Celsius. In B.C., appropriate winter tires are defined as those with either the M+S (mud and snow) or mountain/snowflake symbol, in good condition with a minimum tread depth of 3.5 millimetres.

  • Avoid parking vehicles on the road or paved shoulders at all times during the winter.  Residents are reminded to park their vehicles near the bottom of their driveway, not on the road. Snow plows require adequate room to maneuver and roads and cud-de-sacs with vehicles parked on them may not be able to be plowed.  As well, vehicles parked on roads or paved shoulders hindering plow service may be towed.
  • Clear snow to the left side of your driveway (facing in) where it meets the road to minimize the amount of snow pushed back into your driveway when the plows pass.
  • If you have an urgent medical appointment or are a medical professional needing to get to work, call the Emergency Program Coordinator at the Metchosin Fire Hall at 250-478-1307; or after hours, Langford dispatch at 250-478-9555 and ask for the Metchosin duty officer to be paged.