The lack of snow ruins view in Victoria

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“We’ve never seen damage like this,” said Eugene Sauve, owner of Landmark Café.

By Madison Blanchard

The Guardian

With less snow and less plowing, Victoria residents thought they were in for fewer problems this year. Instead, the lack of snow seems to have led to bigger ruts in the scenic village's lawns.

“We’ve never seen damage like this,” said Eugene Sauve, owner of Landmark Café. He says he recently returned from a trip abroad and was astonished by the damage in the village.

“It’s almost four feet into the lawn. The amount of damage is unbelievable.”

Grass has been dug up on almost every lawn in Victoria due to plow damage, and there’s no snow to cover it.

“The last three years, damage has been minimal, minimal, and this year, it’s just incredible,” said Sauve.

Henry Dunsmore, who runs the Studio Gallery in Victoria, says the damage is a yearly problem, but this year it is more noticeable.

“It’s probably the worst it’s ever been," he said.

Dunsmore said a new company had taken over the plowing this year and with substantially less snow it was hoped the damage would be minimal. 

“It’s never been this bad,” he said.

Even with last winter's significant amount of snow, the damage to lawns wasn’t bad, though most signs in the village were knocked down.

He says he has called in complaints numerous times over the years and always hears the same argument: the ground is soft and hasn’t hardened yet and so there is bound to be damage. 

“The argument that the ground is soft doesn’t make any sense…..Knowing that why don’t they raise the blades?"

Victoria is a tourist destination, said Dunsmore, something the provincial government is aware of, and having ugly lawns could impact tourism.

“They go through the village and (cause) damage, then they have to come repair," he said. "There’s a cost involved. It just seems like a waste of money.”

He says typically any repairs are done in May, which means there isn’t a lot of time for the grass to grow before June when the tourists begin to arrive.

“There’s got to be something that can be done and I think communication is one.”

The Guardian attempted to get a comment from the Department of Transportation, but had not received a response before going to press.

Organizations: Studio Gallery, Department of Transportation

Geographic location: Victoria

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Recent comments

  • Dave Anger
    March 21, 2016 - 04:21

    The town owns the property 25 ft from the center of the street so they can do what ever they want with it.

  • no thanks
    March 21, 2016 - 04:05

    what a terrible thing for tourists to have to look at !!!

  • david
    March 21, 2016 - 00:03

    There seems to be so many more complainers living in PEI now. I think the aging population is to blame as it seems like all the old people want to do is complain about every little thing. Really people fix your lawns and move on and be thankful that you get your road and street plowed. Stop the constant complaining.

  • simple solution
    March 20, 2016 - 16:05

    Victoria residents should be made to build curbs. Surely the taxes from this bustling municipality could pay for that, right?

  • Joe Doe
    March 20, 2016 - 13:06


    • High Stakes
      March 21, 2016 - 08:02

      I did this in Charlottetown and the sidewalk plows systematically destroyed them. Every time they would come buy, they would swerve in and pick one of them off. It only took 4 storms to have all 4 markers destroyed. Around the corner, the sidewalk plow plowed on a person's lawn, beside the sidewalk, and completely on the other side of the markers, and then came back the next day and mowed down the markers.