Operational Services & Public Works

Operational Services and Public Works 

The Township of The Archipelago is primarily a water-based Township with the waterways functioning as public roadways.  The Archipelago wishes to preserve its water-based character, protect is natural environment and limit the expansion of its services with respect to the Township’s roads. 

There are many properties however that are accessed via road, whether by Township road (year-round or seasonally maintained) or by private road.   The Township’s road network consists of approximately 83 kilometres of roads.  22 kilometres are gravel and 61 kilometres are hard topped.  

Of the 83 kilometres of roads, the following roads are only seasonally maintained.  The Township would like to remind all persons that these seasonal roads are only maintained by the Township during the summer months and will not be maintained between the dates of October 15th and May 15th inclusive.  Per the Township's Roads By-law 15-43, unauthorized work/repairs to these roads is prohibited, including ploughing and the clearing of snow accumulation.  In the event of snow or inclement weather affecting one of the following roads, it is the responsibility of the seasonal resident or any other user of the road to extricate their vehicle if they get stuck or drive off the road.  

·  Aga Ming Road
Crane-Walker Road
Joyce Lane
Kapikog Dam Road
Kapikog North Road
Kapikog South Road
Munro Drive
North Fork Road
Ramsey-Johnston Road
South Fork Road

Schedule 'E' of the Township's Official Plan illustrates both the North and South sections of the Township's road network.  The Official Plan can be downloaded from the Planning Documents folder.    

Contact Information

Greg Mariotti, Manager of Operational Services
705-746-4243 Ext. 311
Eric Thompson, Public Works Supervisor
705-746-4243 Ext. 342

At the May 21st, 2020 regular meeting of Council, a report detailing the first phase of the Skerryvore Community Road reconstruction project was submitted and approved.

The project was awarded to Wayne Hall Construction Inc. (Hall Construction) and includes the replacement of eleven, 1200 mm diameter culverts, two 2000 mm diameter culverts and the relining of one 900 mm diameter culvert in 6 locations.  This project is also carried out in partnership with the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve (GBBR), whereby 2 culverts of 750 mm and 1200 mm in diameter will be installed to help safe crossing of the local turtle and snake population.  The GBBR will also have staff monitoring the project to help mitigate any potential harm to native species and minimize environmental impacts during the reconstruction.

Hall Construction has carried out many projects of this nature in the past and has carried out projects directly for the Township to its satisfaction.  The Township has full confidence that Hall Construction will do a great job within the timelines specified, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

The project is slated to commence Monday, July 13th 2020 and last for 7 weeks, until Friday, August 28th 2020.  During this time the Skerryvore Community Road will REMAIN OPEN.  Traffic control staff will be present to manage traffic flows.    Dust control will be carried out by watering and calcium application.  NOTE:  Portions of the road will be no more than 3.5 m wide when working on the culverts.

Tatham Engineering will be overseeing the whole project for the Township.  They will have staff present or available throughout the duration of the project to ensure it is completed within the estimated timelines and as per the contract specifications.  There will be no limitation to working hours or working days to get the job done – therefore please do not assume that workers will not be present out of normal "office hours”.  Please be respectful to the work crews and drive safely around them – they are there to get the job done as quickly as possible for us all!

Under the current COVID-19 climate, please also be sure to respect social distancing protocols if there is need to interact with any member of the project team.  Our project team will be doing the same.

If you have any concerns while the project is underway, please contact Lucas Shelton of Tatham Engineering at 705 645 7756 ext. 2079 or email lshelton@tathameng.com.

The Public Works After Hours Emergency Line is 1-800-460-5736.

Please call the above number to report the following concerns after hours.  Your concerns will be forwarded to Township staff for response.
  • trees or any other obstruction blocking Township roadways
  • missing stop signs
  • road washouts
  • flooded roads
  • large potholes on roadways
  • icy roads or intersections

An entrance permit is required if you want to construct a new entrance to your property that fronts on a Township road, or to make any changes to an existing entrance that fronts on a Township road.

All driveway intersections with Township roads and culverts shall be in compliance with Ontario Provincial standard specifications as set out in By-law 15-45.

For additional information regarding the approval process and an application form, please refer to the Entrance Application and Approval Form.

Please note that if the new entrance is providing road-access to a property where a structure is located, a new civic address may be required. Please contact the Township office for further information.

Generally, reduced load periods are in effect on all roads under the jurisdiction of the Township of The Archipelago during the period from March 1st to May 31st inclusive, in each and every year, or for such period as may be determined by the Township’s Manager of Operational Services, subject to the provisions of the Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended.  

See the Township's Roads By-law 15-43.

The Township of The Archipelago has authorized the use of all-terrain vehicles, multi-purpose off-highway utility vehicles and recreational off-highway vehicles on roadways under the jurisdiction of the Township, subject to Regulation 316/03 of the Highway Traffic Act with respect to the operation of off-road vehicles

ATV’s and off-highway vehicles are not permitted to be operated over or upon the following Township owned properties:
  • the Pointe au Baril Community Centre
  • Georgian Cliffs Memorial Park Cemetery
  • any waste landfill site or transfer station
  • any aggregate pit
  • any sidewalk
  • any other Township property, without the expressed written consent of the Township
For additional information regarding speed limits and the use of ATV’s and off-highway vehicles in the Township of The Archipelago, please review By-law 15-24, as amended.
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Level of Service

To ensure that the Township’s roads are maintained to Provincial standards, the Township has established a Level of Service Policy with respect to winter maintenance (plowing, sanding, salting), road surface conditions (potholes, shoulders etc.), streetlights, signage, bridges and sidewalks.

Road Regulations

The Township’s roads are regulated with respect to such matters as speed limits, unauthorized parking, unauthorized work and repairs and the obstruction of roadways.    Parking of motor vehicles or trailers is prohibited on any Township road, except for "emergency parking only" or where parking is authorized and posted by the Township.  For further information and to review these provisions, please review Roads By-law 15-43