Alberta Winter Seasonal Tips

If you are new to Alberta winters, or just need a refresher, here is a list of things to consider.  If you have any questions or concerns with your policy, feel free to contact us.  Enjoy the season!


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  • Clear off the snow and ice before driving. If snow has fallen since your car was parked, take the time to thoroughly brush it off the vehicle–including the roof–and scrape any ice from the windows. “Peephole driving” through a small, cleared spot on your windshield reduces your visibility and is very dangerous.
  • Depending on your geographical location and vehicle, snow tires and/or tire maintenance may be required.
  • In the event of a winter incident on the roadways, it’s always a good idea to have an emergency kit on-hand – these can be purchased from most local hardware stores.
  • Allow longer braking distances. Plan on starting your braking sooner than you normally would in dry conditions to give yourself extra room, and use more gentle pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Be extra wary of other motorists. They may not be driving as cautiously as you, so leave extra space, avoid distractions, and be predictable.


  • Ice dams occur as a result of snow melting then cooling as it reaches the edge of your roof – ensure adequate insulation and roof venting is in place to prevent water from causing damage within the building. Always remember to put safety first – if you need to clear snow from your roof, it may be best to leave it to qualified contractors.
  • Replace flashlight batteries in case of emergency.
  • Change and service furnace filters every 3 months.
  • Fireplace/woodstove chimney’s if you have an indoor fireplace make sure it’s clean and operational before the winter.  This is a good time to call in a professional.

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