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Snow clearing

An operation that uses snow clearing vehicles such as snow blowers and graders to push the snow to the sides of arteries.


An operation that involves spreading melters, abrasives or a mix of the two. The type of material used depends on the condition of the road/sidewalk and the temperature.


An operation that involves cutting or scraping the layers of hardened snow and ice on an artery/sidewalk to remove those layers. This operation requires the use of melters and equipment.


An operation that involves blowing snow banks* to the side of the road or into a truck to be taken to a snow dump.

* Snow bank or windrow: the pile of snow that is pushed to the side of the road by the grader.

In Gatineau, snow clearing is…

More than 200 blue-collar employees ready to intervene during snow clearing operations, along with additional hired contractors.

  • tractors for spreading and snow clearing;
  • tractors rented as back-up in case of malfunctions;
  • graders;
  • backhoes;
  • wheel loaders;
  • sidewalk plows; and
  • removable snow blowers.

Six snow dumps:

  • rue Georges (Masson-Angers sector): 80,000 m3;
  • rue Charles (Buckingham sector): 85,000 m3;
  • boulevard Gréber (Gatineau sector): 300,000 m3;
  • boulevard Saint-René Est (Gatineau sector): 98,000 m3;
  • rue Buteau (Hull sector): 350,000 m3; and
  • Lafarge private dump (Aylmer sector): unlimited (fee).

Precipitations in previous years

Total precipitations 2019-2020  2018-2019 2017-2018 2016-2017
Snow (cm) 206 312 234 310
Rain (mm) 193 212 344 276
Freezing rain and hail (mm) 40 48 27 21

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About Gatineau

Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 291,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.

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