Coyotes, snowmobiles and other winter bylaw reminders

Tyler Clarke
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Plunging into the depths of a particularly frigid winter, there are some pertinent bylaws that residents should keep in mind, city bylaw manager Suzanne Stubbs said.


The CIty of Prince Albert's priority one snow routes. 

The seasonal bylaw she’s received the most calls about has to do with snowmobiles, which she notes are not allowed within city limits.

“The bylaw has been put in for a very long time,” she said. “It’s motorized vehicles. ATVs aren’t allowed in the city and snowmobiles aren’t allowed in the city. They have to be trailered outside of city limits.”

The bylaw most relevant to current temperatures, which have dipped into the -40s when factoring in wind chill, is one that requires outdoor pets to have access to insulated enclosures.

“I have a dog and I have to have an insulated doghouse to allow my dog outside,” she explained.

“Especially with this weather we’re having, if you are having your animals outside you’re required to have an insulated dog house.

“We’re talking wind chills of -46, so it’s hard to keep your dogs out without an insulated dog house.”

The city’s bylaw enforcement office works with the Prince Albert SPCA to enforce this bylaw, which can result in the seizure of animals.

In December, Stubbs said that bylaw officers responded to six calls about pets left outside without proper housing -- a figure that doesn’t include incidents called directly in to the SPCA.

On a similar note, animals may not roam the great outdoors off-leash -- not even cats.

This is of particular importance at this time of year, since more coyotes than usual are known to access the city during the winter months by crossing the frozen North Saskatchewan River.

“If you’re letting your animals at large, like a cat or something, they’re easy prey,” Stubbs said, adding that although pets are at a greater risk during the winter it’s a year-round concern.

“They do come across the river, but as well they come in all over the place,” she noted. “We’re surrounded by the forest, so they’ll be coming from all areas.”

Some snow-centred bylaws are also of particular importance at this time of year, she said.

One restriction continually brought up by the city’s elected officials during recent city council meetings has to do with on-street parking.

When parking bans are in place people cannot park on priority one arterial roads such as 15th Street, 28th Street, Marquis Road, River Street, Fourth Street East and a handful of the city’s main avenues, Stubbs said.

When it comes to city crews clearing snow from other roadways, keep an eye out for “No Parking Snow Route” signs, she encourages, noting that vehicles that ignore these warning will also be ticketed and towed.

As well, vehicles may not be parked on any city streets for more than 48 hours at a time.

When called to a scene, or when they spot a potential infraction, bylaw officers chalk the time of day on the trouble vehicle’s tire.

“We re-attend in 48 hours, and if the vehicle hasn’t been moved … we’re ticketing and towing,” she said.

Another bylaw that comes up every winter -- with this one no exception -- has to do with snow removal from driveways and sidewalks.

“A lot of people will shovel their driveway and kind of take it out onto the street,” she said. “It’s only the downtown area that you’re allowed to shovel onto the street. In all other areas, if you’re removing snow put it on private property.”

Breaking any of these or other bylaws may result in ticketing, Stubbs warned, noting that a full list of city bylaws are available on the city’s website, online at 

Geographic location: North Saskatchewan River, 15th Street, 28th Street Marquis Road River Street

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