Grit Box Program

Spread it around for safe winter sidewalks

To make the city’s sidewalks safe to walk on in the winter, the City of Ottawa has placed 81 "do-it-yourself" grit boxes at various locations for residents to use. The boxes contain the same winter grit used by the City's snow operations' staff to keep sidewalks safe for everyone. 

The grit boxes are located close to steep hills and in areas where there are many pedestrians, seniors and persons using mobility devices. All residents are encouraged to spread the grit on slippery spots on sidewalks and other problem areas. 

With the support of the Older Adult Plan the City of Ottawa has expanded the Grit Box Program. The City has increased the number of grit boxes along sidewalks known to have a high volume of older adult pedestrians. To better promote the do-it-yourself service, new stickers have been placed on each box. 

For more information on seniors and fall prevention, visit Ottawa Public Health's fall prevention section on or by calling 3-1-1.

To learn more about the grit box program, you can watch this video.

Grit Box Locations

100 Constellation Danforth at Churchill
100 Empress Dead end of Augusta
1200 Quigleu Hill Dead end of Echo
150 MacLaren (south side) Deschenes at Pooler
207 Woodroffe Edgecliffe and Caldwell
25 Fairmont at Wellington Elgin and Cooper - S/E corner
264 Lisgar Elgin and Laurier - S/W corner
2947 Otterson at Otterson Tunnel Elgin and Slater (south of ramp)
31 McEwen George at William Mall
327 Cyr Gladstone between Bayswater and Spadina
395 Somerset Gladstone between Breezehill and Loretta
4120 Riverside (easement) Heney at Wurtemburg
4120 Riverside (easement) King Edward and Union - base of pathway
434 Brunskill  Lacasse at Montreal
 441 Edgeworth  Laurier and Metcalfe (Ottawa Public Library)
 5112 Sand (near Russell)  Laurier Bridge stairs - top
 5550 Ann  Lenester and Iroquois
 587 Fielding at Otterson Tunnel  Lepage and McBride
 60 Cartier  Mackenzie King Bridge stairs - top
 61 McEwen  Maclaren and Elgin
 75 Bruyere  Main at Vance, Osgoode
 77 Monk  Maple and Acacia
 800 St. Laurent  Metcalfe and MacLaren
 905 Springland at Flannery Tunnel  Morisset at Merivale
 917 Cromwell at Flannery Tunnel  New Orchard at Richmond
 Acacia Lane - top of hill (south side)  Nicholas at stairs to Mackenzie King
 Albert and Empress - S/E corner  Ohio at Bank
 Albert and Metcalfe - N/E corner  Ravenhill at Melbourne
 Balsam between Rochester and Preston  Rideau and Colonel By
 Bank and MacLaren - N/W corner  Rideau and Mackenzie
 Beausoleil at Cobourg  Rideau at The Bay
 Booth and Elm - S/W corner  Rochester and Gladstone - N/E corner
 Britannia at Carling  Sandy Hill Health Centre - Nelson at Besserer
Bronson - north side of canal bridge (east stairs)  Spark Street Mall between Elgin and Lyon
 Bronson - north side of canal bridge (west stairs)  Sunnyside and Bank
 Bronson - south side of canal bridge (east stairs)  Sunnyside and Riverdale
 Bronson - under Dunbar bridge between stairs  Trepannier at Sparkle
 Charlotte at Rideau  William at York
 Chesterton at Meadowlands  Wurtemburg at Rideau
 Connaught at Sackville  Young between Bayswater and Fairmont
Dalhousie and Bolton  


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Winter parking

Winter overnight parking regulations are in effect throughout the city from November 15 to April 1.