Roads are very important to cottagers because at some point in the journey to and from the cottage a road is used. This section of the FOCA website is a resource center for information on roads.
While FOCA cannot advise on specific and individual road problems, it can and does act as a sounding board and clearing house for general questions related to roads.FOCA's opinions and statements, particularly as they pertain to complex matters such as private roads, should not be considered a substitute for professional legal advice. Individual circumstances should always be confirmed with independent legal counsel or other professional input as appropriate.
If you have a personal experience regarding your cottage road please let us know as we can all learn from shared experiences. If you do not find what you are looking for in these pages you can contact the FOCA office for more information.
Don Payne, FOCA Roads Advisor
Anyone who owns a road, be it private, municipal, provincial or federal, could potentially be held liable for accidents caused by the condition of the road.
Aside from carelessness, road accidents can be caused by physical imperfections and/or by driver confusion. All road conditions become worse in bad weather.
Physical imperfections are such things as:
Driver confusion can be the result of such things as:
It goes without saying, that it is an impossible task to keep watch on any road 24 hours a day. A cottage or any other road may be in good condition at the end of a weekend and then become washed out and in deep fog the next day. One practical way to "keep watch" on any road, or to at least protect against the financial realities of responding to a potential lawsuit, is through liability insurance. Due diligence regarding maintenance on your private road, and carrying proper liability insurance can go a long way to protecting you against financial loss.
FOCA is delighted to offer an excellent road liability insurance program to our members. Developed through extensive collaboration with Broker Bob Maynard, partner in Cade Associates Insurance Brokers, our current program offers comprehensive coverage and enhanced limits at very competitive premium levels. Find out more here.
April 2013 - ATVers and snowmobilers urged to respect private lands (OFSC/OFATV)
FOCA ROAD SURVEY 2010/11
The results are in! Thank you to the more than 175 association members who participated in the FOCA Road Issues Survey.
> photo courtesy of Randy French
"The road to success is always under construction" - Lily Tomlin