Winter overnight parking restrictions in the Kawarthas

Parked vehicles interfering with snow removal may be ticketed or towed

Parking overnight is prohibited in most Kawartha municipalities during the winter season
Parking overnight is prohibited in most Kawartha municipalities during the winter season

With last night’s snowfall and more snow in the forecast for this week, motorists should remember that winter overnight parking restrictions are now in effect until the spring in communities across the Kawarthas.

The restrictions allow for safer, more efficient, and less expensive snow clearing of streets.

Here are overnight parking restrictions in selected communities across the Kawarthas:

City of Peterborough

In the City of Peterborough, parking is prohibited on all city streets, including streets in the downtown, from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. between December 1st and April 1st. The fine for a violation is $25.

During a snowstorm when snow-clearing operations are underway (usually between midnight and 8 a.m.), no stopping of a vehicle is permitted on any city street.

The fine is $80 for this violation and your vehicle will be towed. Vehicles that are parked north of Parkhill Road will be towed to Milroy Park located at 242 Milroy Drive, with all other vehicles being towed to Morrow Park located at 171 Lansdowne Street West. after 24 hours, all unclaimed vehicles will be towed to an impound yard at the owner’s expense.

Parking is normally permitted throughout the day and evening during snowy weather. However, in the event of extreme weather, the city may require motorists to remove their vehicles from city streets during the day or evening.

Free overnight parking is permitted at all municipal parking lots, the King Street Parkade, and Simcoe Parking Garage. Vehicles parked overnight at either parking garage can obtain a gate arm ticket upon entry to the garage to be used for a free transit trip home.

County of Peterborough

Parking is prohibited on county roadways and highways between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. from October 15th to May 15th.

Motorists in violation will be subject to a fine and/or towing of their vehicles.

City of Kawartha Lakes

Parking is not allowed on city streets between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. from November 1st to April 30th.

Parking is prohibited in the following downtown areas from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.:

  • Lindsay on Kent St. W. from Lindsay St. to Victoria Ave.
  • Bobcaygeon on Bolton St. from King St. to Canal St.
  • Fenelon Falls on Colborne St. from Water St. to Bond St., on May St. from Water St. to Francis St., and on Francis St. W. from Colborne St. to May St.
  • Omemee on King St. from Queen St. to Sturgeon Rd.

Overnight parking is also prohibited in municipal parking lots from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. from November 1st to April 30th, unless covered by a permit in Lindsay.

If a vehicle is left parked on a city street or in a municipal parking lot, it may be impounded and fines may be levied.

Port Hope

There is no parking on designated snow routes between December 1st and March 15th from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m.

A list of designated snow routes is available from the Municipal Development Team Office at 905-885-2431 or by referring to By-law 39/2008, available on the Port Hope Police Service website.


From November 1st to March 31st between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m., you cannot park overnight on designated collector and arterial roads. These include any major roadways within the town of Cobourg as well as certain residential streets.

For a list of streets that you cannot park on overnight, see the Winter Parking By-law.

Trent Hills

There is no parking on any street between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. from November 15th until April 15th. Vehicles will be ticketed and may be towed.


Overnight parking on municipal roadways and parking lots is prohibited between 12 a.m. and 8 a.m. from November 1st to April 30th. Vehicles parked in these areas that prohibit the removal of snow will be towed away and/or ticketed at the owner’s expense.

Other municipalities

Most other municipalities in the Kawarthas also have winter overnight parking restrictions. Contact your local municipality for more information.