New timelines for winter trail clearing

On September 27, 2022, Strathcona County Council approved an updated Winter Maintenance Policy that includes new priorities and a shorter timeframe for clearing County-maintained trails and pathways. 

Read the news release.

Last modified: Sept. 27, 2022, 2:51 p.m.

Strathcona County follows a priority system to manage snow and ice on more than 232 km of trails and pathways in Sherwood Park and rural hamlets. 

Image showing equipment clearing snow from a County trail

After a snowfall, it can take up to five days to clear all County-maintained trails and pathways. If it snows again, crews will return to clear trails and pathways again in order of priority. 

Effective September 27, 2022  




  • School sites, including student drop zones, school bus zones, school parks and connector pathways from residential areas  
Cleared within 24 hours

  • All hard surfaced pathways and trails leading to public recreation facilities  
Cleared within 48 hours

  • All remaining hard surfaced trails including trails between residential streets 
Cleared within 5 days (120 hours)

Typically, the County will start clearing Priority 3 trails and pathways at the same time as Priority 2 trails 

Ice control on trails and pathways 

If icy conditions are an issue, crews will spread rock chips and use equipment to remove ice, where possible. Rock chips are considered a safe and effective way to manage icy trails and pathways. A sand/salt mix can be hard on pets’ feet and landscaping. 

We typically do not use any chemicals on trails. In extreme circumstances, we will use an environmentally friendly ice melt, which is safe for animals. High-traffic locations near County facilities also use the same ice melt product. 

Ice control around transit centres and facilities 

Concrete surfaces around Bethel and Ordze transit centres, as well as areas around County facilities such as the Community Centre and Festival Place, are cleared with 24 hours following a snowfall. The updated priorities only include trails and pathways.

Common questions

More information:

Transportation and Agriculture Services
Phone: 780-417-7100
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Last updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2022
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