Ontario Highway 11
King's Highway 11, commonly referred to as Highway 11, is a provincially maintained highway in the Canadian province of Ontario. At 1,784.9 kilometres (1,109.1 mi), it is the second longest highway in the province, following Highway 17. Highway 11 begins at Highway 400 in Barrie, and arches through northern Ontario to the Ontario–Minnesota border at Rainy River via Thunder Bay; the road continues as Minnesota State Highway 72 across the Baudette-Rainy River International Bridge. North and west of North Bay (as well as for a short distance through Orillia), Highway 11 forms part of the Trans-Canada Highway. The highway is also part of MOM's Way between Thunder Bay and Rainy River.
|Maintained by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario|
|Length||1,784.9 km (1,109.1 mi)|
|South end||Highway 400 – Barrie|
| Highway 12 – Orillia|
Highway 60 – Huntsville
Highway 17 – North Bay
Highway 63 – North Bay
Highway 64 – Marten River
Highway 65 – New Liskeard
Highway 66 – Kenogami Lake
Highway 101 – Matheson
Highway 17 / Highway 61 – Thunder Bay
Highway 71 – Fort Frances
|West end||MN 72 – Baudette, MN|
|Divisions||Simcoe County, Muskoka, Parry Sound District, Nipissing District, Timiskaming District, Cochrane District, Thunder Bay District, Rainy River District|
|Major cities||Barrie, Orillia, North Bay, Temiskaming Shores, Thunder Bay|
|Towns||Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Huntsville, Burk's Falls, South River, Powassan, Temagami, Englehart, Matheson, Cochrane, Kapuskasing, Hearst, Longlac, Geraldton, Nipigon, Fort Frances, Rainy River|
Although many of the roads that make up the route were constructed before the highway was designated, Highway 11 became a provincial highway in 1920 when the network was formed. At the time, it only extended to north of Orillia. In 1937, the route was extended to Hearst, northwest of Timmins. The route was extended to Nipigon by 1943. In 1965, Highway 11 was extended to Rainy River, bringing it to its maximum length. The section through Barrie and south to Toronto was decommissioned as a provincial highway in phases in the late 1990s. Since then, ongoing construction resulted in the highway being four-laned as far north as North Bay by 2012. A section concurrent with Highway 17 east of Thunder Bay was rebuilt as a divided highway in the early 2010s and work continues. The two-lane Nipigon River Bridge was replaced with a twin-span bridge that opened in 2018.
The earliest established section of Highway 11 is Yonge Street, in Toronto, though it is no longer under provincial jurisdiction. Yonge Street was built under the order of the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada (now Ontario), John Graves Simcoe. Fearing imminent attack by the United States, he sought to create a military route between York (now Toronto) and Lake Simcoe. In doing so, he would create an alternative means of reaching the upper Great Lakes and the trading post at Michilimackinac, bypassing the American border.
In late 1793, Simcoe determined the route of his new road. The following spring, he instructed Deputy Surveyor General Augustus Jones to blaze a small trail marking the route. Simcoe initiated construction of the road by granting land to settlers, who in exchange were required to clear 33 feet (10 m) of frontage on the road passing their lot. In the summer of 1794, William Berczy was the first to take up the offer, leading a group of 64 families north-east of Toronto to found the town of German Mills, in today's Markham. By the end of 1794, Berczy's settlers had cleared the route around Thornhill. However, the settlement was hit by a series of setbacks and road construction stalled.
Work on the road resumed in 1795 when the Queen's Rangers took over. They began their work at Eglinton Avenue and proceeded north, reaching the site of St. Albans on February 16, 1796. Expansion of the trail into a road was a condition of settlement for farmers along the route, who were required to spend 12 days a year to clear the road of logs, subsequently removed by convicted drunks as part of their sentence. The southern end of the road was in use in the first decade of the 19th century, and became passable all the way to the northern end in 1816.
For several years the Holland River and Lake Simcoe provided the only means of transportation; Holland Landing was the northern terminus of Yonge Street. The military route to Georgian Bay prior to, and during the War of 1812, crossed Lake Simcoe to the head of Kempenfelt Bay, then by the Nine Mile Portage to Willow Creek and the Nottawasaga River. The Penetanguishene Military Post was started before the war. However, lacking a suitable overland transport route, passage from York to Lake Huron continued via the Nottawasaga. The Penetanguishene Road, begun in 1814, replaced this route by the time the military post was opened in 1817.
In 1824, work began to extend Yonge Street to Kempenfelt Bay near Barrie. A north-western extension was branched off the original Yonge Street in Holland Landing and ran into the new settlement of Bradford before turning north towards Barrie. Work was completed by 1827, making connections with the Penetanguishene Road. A network of colonization roads built in the 1830s (some with military strategy in mind) pushed settlement northeast along the shores of Lake Simcoe and north towards the shores of Georgian Bay. By 1860 the Muskoka Road penetrated the southern skirts of the Canadian Shield, advancing towards Lake Nipissing. Further extensions into Northern Ontario would await the arrival of the automobile, and consequent need for highway networks.
Assumption and constructionEdit
In order to be eligible for federal funding, Ontario's Department of Public Highways established a network of provincial highways on February 26, 1920. What would become Highway 11 was routed along Yonge Street, its extension to the Penetanguishene Road, and the Muskoka Road as far as the Severn River. It received its numerical designation in the summer of 1925.
Highway 11 was initially planned as a trunk road to connect the communities of Southern Ontario to those of Northern Ontario, as a continuous route from Toronto to North Bay. In 1919, Premier of Ontario Ernest Charles Drury created the Department of Public Highways, though much of the responsibility for establishing the route he left to minister of the new cabinet position, Frank Campbell Biggs. By linking together several previously built roads such as Yonge Street, Penetanguishene Road, Middle Crossroad and the Muskoka Road, all early colonization roads in the region, a continuous route was created between Toronto and North Bay; however, the new department's jurisdiction did not extend north of the Severn River. Roads north of that point were maintained by the Department of Northern Development.
Further expansion was planned with a new highway from North Bay to Cochrane. Construction began in 1925, including reconstruction of portions of the old Muskoka Road from Severn Bridge which was officially opened on July 2, 1927. When it was opened, it was named the Ferguson Highway, in honour of Premier George Howard Ferguson (Drury's successor). This road was extended to Hearst over the next several years.
On April 1, 1937, the DND and DHO merged, and numerous roads north of the Canadian Shield were assumed as provincial highways. As a result of this, Highway 11 was extended to Hearst via North Bay and the Ferguson Highway; it was now 1,024.0 kilometres (636.3 mi) long. Around this time, construction began on a road to connect Highway 17 at Nipigon with the gold mines discovered near the town of Geraldton several years earlier; it was completed in 1939. With the onset of World War II, the need for an east–west connection across Canada became imperative, and construction began on a link between Geraldton and Hearst, a distance of 250 kilometres (160 mi). Upon completion in 1943, Highway 11 was extended to Nipigon, and was now 1,398.0 kilometres (868.7 mi) long.
The route remained this way until the late 1950s, when construction of a new highway west from Thunder Bay towards Fort Frances began. Initially this road was designated as Highway 120. In 1959, it was instead decided to make this new link a westward extension of Highway 11. On April 1, 1960, Highway 11 assumed the route of Highway 120; this consequently created a concurrency of Highway 11 and 17 between Nipigon and west of Thunder Bay. Now reaching as far as Atikokan, construction of a road between there and Fort Frances was carried out over the next five years. The final link, the 5.6 kilometres (3.5 mi) Noden Causeway over Rainy Lake, was opened on June 28, 1965. Highway 11 was now at it peak length of 1,882.2 kilometres (1,169.5 mi).
Thunder Bay ExpresswayEdit
In 1963, Charles MacNaughton, minister of the Department of Highways, announced plans for the Lakehead Expressway to be built on the western edge of the twin cities of Port Arthur and Fort William (which amalgamated in 1970 to form Thunder Bay). Work began in August 1965, with a contract for a 5 kilometres (3 mi) section of divided highway on the west side of the twin cities. Plans called for a 28.2 kilometres (17.5 mi) at-grade expressway from South of Arthur Street to meet Highway 11 and Highway 17 northeast of the cities. The first section of the expressway opened on August 29, 1967, connecting Oliver Road (then part of Highway 130) and Golf Links Road with Dawson Road (Highway 102). By mid- to late 1969, the route had been extended to Highway 527 northeast of the twin cities and to Highway 11 and Highway 17 (Arthur Street) at the Harbour Expressway. By late 1970, the route had been extended southward from Arthur Street to Neebing Avenue / Walsh Street West. At this time, Highway 11/17 and Highway 61 were rerouted along the completed expressway. The old routes through Thunder Bay were redesignated as Highway 11B/17B and Highway 61B.
Downloading and changes sinceEdit
In 1996-1997, the care (or rescinding of connecting link agreements) of the highway from Barrie southwards including Yonge Street, was transferred by the provincial government to county, regional, and city governments as part of significant cost reductions by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. This practice is called downloading, in that the financial burden will fall to a lower tier government; this is often used when a stretch of road loses its regional importance. Along with the name Yonge Street, the section in York Region is now York Regional Road 1, the section in Simcoe County is now mostly Simcoe County 4. Within the city of Toronto, which does not have a regional road numbering system, it is now known simply as Yonge Street. Highway 11 consequently assumed the 1.1-kilometre highway stub formerly known as Highway 400A, and now ends at the interchange with Highway 400 just north of Barrie's city limits.
Highway 11 began to be upgraded beginning in the 1960s when the stretch between Barrie and Gravenhurst was upgraded to a 4 lane highway with a median barrier and right-in/right-out ramps, with a signed speed limit of 90 km/h. Upgrades continued in the 1970s between Gravenhurst and Huntsville, where the highway was built with a grass median and a mix of interchanges and at grade intersections. Major reconstruction of Highway 11 between North Bay and Huntsville began in 2003, upgrading the route from a two-lane rural highway to a four-lane road. In some sections the route was being built as an expressway with right-in/right-out ramps or at-grade intersections, while in others it was built as a full 400-series freeway.
Highway 11 crosses the 45th parallel (halfway between the equator and north pole) 600 metres north of the bridge carrying Highway 118 at interchange 182, just outside Bracebridge.
Due to a steep incline as it descends Thibeault Hill into North Bay, the southbound Algonquin Avenue segment of Highway 11 features the only runaway truck ramp on Ontario's highway system. The Ministry of Transportation is currently undertaking a study of potential highway improvements in the North Bay area, which may include a new westerly realignment of this segment to bypass the hill.
On August 9, 2012, construction of the fully divided four lane freeway between Huntsville and North Bay was completed. However, as the section south of Gravenhurst is still a RIRO expressway rather than a full freeway, and the section between Gravenhurst and Huntsville has not yet had all at-grade intersections removed, the highway is not currently slated to be renumbered as Highway 411.
On November 29, 2015, the new Nipigon River Bridge opened to traffic, and the old bridge closed. It was subsequently demolished to allow construction of a new bridge which will carry eastbound traffic into Nipigon.
Highway 11 varies between a divided four lane urban freeway and a two lane rural road. It travels through surroundings ranging from cities, to farmland, to uninhabited wilderness. The section through northern Ontario includes several sections with no gas or service for over 160 kilometres (100 mi). Significant urban centres serviced by the route include Barrie, Orillia, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Huntsville, North Bay, Temiskaming Shores, Cochrane, Hearst, Nipigon, Thunder Bay, Atikokan, Fort Frances and Rainy River.
Barrie – North BayEdit
Between Barrie and North Bay, Highway 11 is a four lane highway with few at-grade intersections. Although a majority of the route is built to 400-series standards, the sections between Barrie and Orillia as well as between Orillia and Gravenhurst feature Right-in Right-out (RIRO) ramps rather than interchanges.
Highway 11 begins at an interchange with Highway 400 on the north side of Barrie, travelling northeast parallel to the northwestern shore of Lake Simcoe. The four lane route, divided by a median barrier, crosses former Highway 93 (Penetanguishene Road) and passes through a generally flat rural area, though businesses line both sides of the route. At the northern end of Lake Simcoe, the highway enters Orillia, where it is built as a divided freeway. It meets and becomes concurrent with Ontario Highway 12 for 2.4 kilometres (1.5 mi). At Laclie Drive, the route exits Orillia and returns to a RIRO design with rural surroundings. It travels northward along the western shore of Lake Couchiching as far as Washago, then crosses the Severn River / Trent Severn Waterway.
North of the Severn River, Highway 11 travels through the Canadian Shield; large granite outcroppings are frequent and thick Boreal forest dominates the terrain. At Gravenhurst, the highway makes a sharp curve to the east then becomes a divided freeway before curving northward around Gull Lake. Near Bracebridge, it meets Highway 118 and former Highway 117. Highway 141 branches west from the route between Bracebridge and Huntsville, while Highway 60 branches east towards Algonquin Park in Huntsville. The section between Gravenhurst and Bracebridge is at freeway standards, while several at-grade intersections remain between Bracebridge and Huntsville.
The 120-kilometre (70 mi) section of Highway 11 between Huntsville and North Bay provides access to the western side of Algonquin Park. It also connects to Highway 518 at Emsdale, Highway 520 at Burk's Falls, Highway 124 at Sundridge and South River, Highway 522 at Trout Creek, Highway 534 at Powassan, and Highway 94 and Highway 654 at Callander. Most of this section is built to freeway standards, although a small number of at-grade intersections remain, primarily between Trout Creek and Callander.
North Bay – NipigonEdit
From its junction with Ontario Highway 17 at North Bay, the two highways share a concurrency for 4.1 kilometres to the Algonquin Avenue intersection, where Highway 17 continues west toward Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie while Highway 11 turns north onto Algonquin Avenue. From there, Highway 11 extends northerly for 370 kilometres, passing through communities such as Temagami, Latchford, Temiskaming Shores, Englehart and Matheson en route to Cochrane, where the route turns west. From Cochrane, it passes through communities such as Smooth Rock Falls, Kapuskasing, Hearst and Greenstone, extending 613 kilometres before again meeting Highway 17 at Nipigon.
Nipigon – Rainy RiverEdit
Nearly the entire route from Nipigon to Rainy River is a two-lane, undivided road, with the exception of two twinned, four-lane segments. The first starts just west of Nipigon and ends just north of the Black Sturgeon River, for a distance of 10 kilometers. The second portion reaches a distance of 36 kilometers, from Highway 587 at Pass Lake to Balsam Street in Thunder Bay. Work is being done to twin the route from Ouimet to Dorion. Additionally, the section from Balsam Street to the Harbour Expressway is four lanes wide, but undivided. The partial cloverleaf interchange at Thunder Bay's Hodder Avenue is the only interchange in Northwestern Ontario.
Highways 11 and 17 run concurrently from Nipigon down to Thunder Bay, a distance of around 91 kilometers, where they swing west on the Shabaqua Highway, encountering Kakabeka Falls several kilometers later. The highway then runs in a northwestern direction to Shabaqua Corners, where the two highways split; Highway 17 continues northwest to Dryden and Kenora, while Highway 11 continues in a generally west direction, eventually reaching Highway 11B at Atikokan, approximately halfway between Thunder Bay and Rainy River. The highway continues for 132 kilometers, crosses the Noden Causeway, and reaches Fort Frances, where Highway 71 runs south across the U.S. border to International Falls. From here Highway 11 shares a concurrency with Highway 71 for 37 kilometers until the latter branches north after Emo, while Highway 11 runs parallel to the border for 51 more kilometers before ending at the town of Rainy River, where the roadway continues into Baudette, Minnesota, and ends at Minnesota State Route 11.
Highway 11B is the designation for business routes of Highway 11, ten of which have existed over the years. Two continue to exist today, while the remaining seven have been decommissioned. With the exception of the short spur route into Atikokan, all were once the route of Highway 11 prior to the completion of a bypass alignment. All sections of Highway 11B have now been decommissioned by the province with the exception of the Atikokan route and the southernmost section of the former Tri-Town route between Cobalt and Highway 11.
Highway 11 between Barrie and Gravenhurst is currently a right-in/right-out (RIRO) expressway (local access permitted, turnarounds via special interchanges), except for a section around Orillia which is a full freeway. Another freeway section (formerly Highway 400A) does exist in Barrie with the freeway segment from the southern terminus ending at Penetanguishene Road (Simcoe Road 93). The MTO is currently planning on either converting the existing RIRO expressway to a full six-lane freeway, or bypassing it with an entirely new alignment. An environmental and fiscal study concluded that the improvements from Barrie to Gravenhurst will involve the existing route being widened with the exception of a portion south of Gravenhurst that may potentially be constructed to the east of the current road.
|Metropolitan Toronto||Toronto (Old)||−100.5||−62.4|| Highway 2 (Gardiner Expressway) /|
Lake Shore Boulevard
|Southern terminus of Highway 11 prior to 1998, under various connecting link agreements between Toronto and Barrie. Highway 2's connecting link agreement was also repealed at this time. Yonge Street continues south for 2 blocks.|
|−96.4||−59.9||Highway 5 (Bloor Street)||Highway 5's connecting link agreement was repealed in 1998|
|North York||−87.0||−54.1||Highway 401|
|Metropolitan Toronto-York boundary||North York-Vaughan-Markham||−81.9||−50.9||Steeles Avenue||Highway 11 is currently Regional Road 1 through York Region|
|−77.3||−48.0||Highway 7 – Vaughan||Highway 7 was downloaded to the Region of York in 1998.|
Currently Regional Road 7
|Richmond Hill||−73.7||−45.8||Regional Road 25 (Major Mackenzie Drive)|
|Aurora||−59.2||−36.8||Regional Road 15 (Wellington Street)|
|Newmarket||−53.0||−32.9||Highway 9 west (Davis Drive) – Orangeville||Highway 9 was downloaded to the Region of York in 1998.|
Currently Regional Road 31
|East Gwillimbury||−49.9||−31.0||Regional Road 51 (Yonge Street) – Holland Landing||Yonge Street turned off Highway 11|
|−46.2||−28.7||Regional Road 38 (Bathurst Street)|
|Simcoe||Bradford||−42.3||−26.3||Highway 88 (Bridge Street) – Bond Head||Highway 88 was downloaded to Simcoe County in 1998. Currently County Road 88.|
|−40.9||−25.4||Line 8||Highway 11 is currently County Road 4 between Bradford and Barrie. Yonge Street (extension) rejoined Highway 11|
|Bradford-West Gwillimbury||−30.9||−19.2||Highway 89 west – Alliston||Highway 89 was downloaded to Simcoe County in 1998. Currently County Road 89 /|
County Road 3 (Shore Acres Drive)
|Innisfil||−21.2||−13.2||County Road 21 (Innisfil Beach Road)|
|−9.7||−6.0||Highway 27 (Essa Road)||Beginning of former Highway 27 concurrency. Highway 27's connecting link agreement was repealed in 1998. Near north end of Yonge Street.|
|−7.5||−4.7||Highway 26 / Highway 27 (Bayfield Street)||End of former Highway 27 concurrency. Highway 26's connecting link agreement was repealed in 1998.|
|Simcoe||Oro-Medonte||0.0||0.0||Highway 400 south, Barrie and Toronto||Current southern terminus of Highway 11. The highway followed Penetanguishene Road southwards prior to downloading, and the first 1.1 km. was formerly the unsigned Highway 400A|
|1.1||0.68||County Road 93 north (Penetanguishene Road) – Midland||Formerly Highway 93; continuation of Ontario Highway 400 kilometre markers|
|5.7||3.5||Oro-Medonte Line 4|
|15.8||9.8||County Road 20 (Oro-Medonte Line 11)|
|Orillia||23.6||14.7||129||Memorial Avenue||Northbound exit only; southbound exit and northbound entrance via Oro-Medonte Line 15|
|25.3||15.7||131||Highway 12 south / TCH (Old Barrie Road) – Whitby||South end of Highway 12 concurrency|
|27.7||17.2||133||Highway 12 / TCH (Coldwater Road) – Coldwater, Midland||North end of Highway 12 concurrency|
|29.8||18.5||135||County Road 18 (West Street / Burnside Line)|
|31.4||19.5||Laclie Street||Northbound entrance and southbound exit|
|Simcoe||Severn||38.9||24.2||Bayou Road / New Brailey Line|
|46.7||29.0||County Road 169 south|
Severn River bridge
|64.9||40.3||169||District Road 169 west (Muskoka Road) – Bala, Parry Sound||Dead Man's Curve; no northbound entrance|
|69.9||43.4||175||District Road 41 west (Bethune Road)|
District Road 6 east (Doe Lake Road)
|76.8||47.7||182|| Highway 118 east – Haliburton|
District Road 118 west – Bracebridge, Port Carling
|78.8||49.0||184||District Road 37 (Fredrick Street / Cedar Lane)|
|83.6||51.9||189||District Road 42 (Taylor Road)|
|87.5||54.4||193||District Road 117 east – Dorset|
|Huntsville||101.8||63.3||207|| Highway 141 west – Parry Sound, Utterson|
District Road 10 – Port Sydney
|114.3||71.0||219||District Road 3 (Aspdin Road / Main Street)||Huntsville Bypass|
|116.6||72.5||221||District Road 2 (West Road / Ravenscliffe Road)|
|118.3||73.5||223||Highway 60 east – Ottawa – Algonquin Provincial Park|
|121.5||75.5||226||District Road 3|
|235||Highway 592 north (Novar Road) – Emsdale||Emsdale Bypass|
|Parry Sound||Emsdale||244||Fern Glen Road west / Scotia Road east / Emsdale Road – Kearney|
|248||Highway 518 west – Parry Sound, Sprucedale|
|252||Doe Lake Road west / Three Mile Lake Road east|
|Burk's Falls||152.6||94.8||257||Highway 520 (Ontario Street) – Magnetawan||Burk's Falls Bypass|
|156.2||97.1||261||Ontario Street / Pickerel & Jack Lake Road – Magnetawan|
|Sundridge||171.6||106.6||276||Highway 124 – Parry Sound, Magnetawan||Sundridge / South River Bypass|
|South River||178.7||111.0||282||Machar Strong Boundary Road / Mountainview Road / Tower Road – Sundridge|
|Laurier||189.2||117.6||294||Goreville Road / Summit Road|
|Trout Creek||196.6||122.2||301||Highway 522 west – Commanda||Trout Creek Bypass|
|201.4||125.1||306||Highway 522B – Port Loring|
|Powassan||211.9||131.7||316||Highway 534 west – Nipissing, Restoule|
|Callander||224.9||139.7||329||Highway 654 (Lake Nosbonsing Road) – Nipissing||To Highway 94 north – Corbeil|
|Nipissing||North Bay||234.0||145.4||338||Lakeshore Drive||Formerly Highway 11B north|
|239.7||148.9||344||Highway 17 east / TCH – Ottawa||South end of Highway 17 North Bay concurrency|
|240.9||149.7||Fisher Street||Formerly Highway 17B west|
|241.5||150.1|| Highway 63 east (Trout Lake Road)|
Cassells Street west
|243.8||151.5|| Highway 17 west / TCH – Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie|
|North end of Highway 17 North Bay concurrency; formerly Highway 11B south|
Trans-Canada Highway designation south (east) end
|244.3||151.8||McKeown Avenue / Airport Road|
|Marten River||300.9||187.0||Highway 64 west – Sturgeon Falls|
|Timiskaming||Coleman||380.4||236.4||Highway 11B east – New Liskeard||South end of Tri-Town Bypass|
|Temiskaming Shores||389.9||242.3||Highway 558 (Municipal Road) – Haileybury|
|396.6||246.4||Highway 65 east (Whitewood Avenue) – New Liskeard||South end of Highway 65 concurrency|
|399.3||248.1||Highway 65 west – Matachewan||North end of Highway 65 concurrency; north end of Tri-Town Bypass; formerly Highway 11B south|
|411.1||255.4||Highway 569 (Hilliardtown Road) – Couttsville|
|417.1||259.2||Highway 562 west – Thornloe|
|Earlton||426.0||264.7||Highway 571 south|
|Heaslip||434.7||270.1||Highway 569 east to Highway 624|
|459.6||285.6||Highway 112 east – Dane|
|478.6||297.4||Highway 66 / TCH – Matachewan, Kirkland Lake|
|Kenogami Lake||479.6||298.0||Highway 568 east|
|493.5||306.6||Highway 570 east – Sesekinika|
|Cochrane||521.1||323.8||Highway 572 east – Holtyre|
|Matheson||535.6||332.8||Highway 101 east (Fourth Avenue) – Quebec border||South end of Highway 101 concurrency|
|542.0||336.8||Highway 101 west – Timmins||North end of Highway 101 concurrency|
|556.3||345.7||Highway 577 south (Shillington Road) – Shillington|
|556.6||345.9||Highway 577 north – Iroquois Falls|
|Porquis Junction||569.0||353.6||Highway 67 north – Iroquois Falls|
|Nellie Lake||575.9||357.8||Highway 578 (Nellie Lake Road)|
|Cochrane||615.5||382.5||Highway 652 / Highway 579 north (Third Avenue)||directional signage changes|
|625.0||388.4||Highway 636 north – Frederick|
|633.5||393.6||Highway 668 north – Hunta|
|Driftwood||644.1||400.2||Highway 655 south – Timmins|
|Smooth Rock Falls||670.1||416.4||Highway 634 north – Fraserdale, Abitibi Canyon|
|Moonbeam||712.6||442.8||Highway 581 north|
|Kapuskasing Connecting Link|
|Hearst||829.4||515.4||Highway 583 north|
|830.0||515.7||6th Street||Beginning of Hearst Connecting Link|
|830.6||516.1||Highway 583 south (9th Street) – Mead|
|831.8||516.9||15th Street||End of Hearst Connecting Link|
|865.0||537.5||Highway 663 north – Calstock|
|893.8||555.4||Highway 631 south – White River|
|Thunder Bay||Greenstone||1,025.9||637.5||Highway 625 south – Caramat|
|1,074.9||667.9||Highway 584 north – Geraldton, Nakina|
|1,130.5||702.5||Highway 801 north – Auden|
|1,153.1||716.5||Highway 580 north (Leitch Road)|
|Nipigon||1,232.3||765.7||Highway 17 east / TCH – Sault Ste. Marie||East end of Highway 17 Thunder Bay concurrency|
|1,236.3||768.2||Highway 585 north (Cameron Falls Road) – Cameron Falls, Pine Portage|
|1,244.7||773.4||Highway 628 east – Red Rock|
|1,260.2||783.1||Highway 582 south (Hurkett Road) – Hurkett|
|1,264.5||785.7||Highway 582 east (Hurkett Road) – Hurkett|
|1,300.8||808.3||Highway 587 south (Pass Lake Road) – Pass Lake|
|1,330.8||826.9||Highway 527 north – Armstrong|
|Thunder Bay||1,334.6||829.3||Hodder Avenue||Formerly Highway 11B / Highway 17B west|
|1,341.0||833.3||Highway 102 west (Dawson Road) – Kaministiquia|
|1,347.0||837.0|| Highway 61 south – Duluth|
Harbour Expressway east
|1,359.2||844.6||Highway 130 (Arthur Street West) – Rosslyn|
|1,368.6||850.4||Highway 588 south – Stanley|
|Kakabeka Falls||1,374.9||854.3||Highway 590 (Hymers Road)|
|1,390.1||863.8||Highway 102 east (Dawson Road)|
|Shabaqua Corner||1,411.1||876.8||Highway 17 west / TCH – Dryden, Kenora||West end of Highway 17 Thunder Bay concurrency|
|Shebandowan||1,431.9||889.7||Highway 586 south (Shelter Bay Road)|
|Rainy River||1,517.9||943.2||Highway 633 – Quetico Centre|
|1,524.9||947.5||Highway 623 north (Sapawe Road) – Shapawe|
|1,546.4||960.9||Highway 11B – Atikokan||To Highway 622|
|1,662.1||1,032.8||Highway 502 north (Manitou Road)|
Beginning of Fort Frances Connecting Link
|1,690.9||1,050.7||Highway 71 south – International Falls||East end of Highway 71 concurrency|
|1,692.9||1,051.9||Highway 602 south|
End of Fort Frances Connecting Link
|1,702.1||1,057.6||Highway 611 south||Beginning of Highway 611 concurrency|
|1,704.1||1,058.9||Highway 611 north||End of Highway 611 concurrency|
|Devlin||1,713.9||1,065.0||Highway 613 north|
|Emo||1,726.6||1,072.9||Highway 602 south|
|1,732.8||1,076.7||Highway 71 north / TCH – Kenora||West end of Highway 71 concurrency|
Trans-Canada Highway designation west end
|Stratton||1,751.7||1,088.5||Highway 617 north|
|Pinewood||1,763.5||1,095.8||Highway 619 north|
|1,773.1||1,101.8||Highway 621 north – Gameland|
|Rainy River||1,782.0||1,107.3||Beginning of Rainy River Connecting Link|
|1,784.6||1,108.9||Highway 600 north (B Street)||End of Rainy River Connecting Link|
|Canada–United States border|
(Baudette–Rainy River Border Crossing)
|1,784.9||1,109.1||Baudette–Rainy River International Bridge across Rainy River|
|MN 72 south – Baudette||Continuation into Minnesota; to MN 11|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
Highway 11 just north of North Bay. On the left the Brake Check area can be seen before trucks head into North Bay.
New 4-lane divided highway at North Waseosa Lake Road/Rockhaven Road interchange near Melissa.
Winter can pose serious driving hazards along Hwy 11 (near Temagami).
New 4-lane divided Hwy 11 (near Katrine).
- Webers, a fast-food restaurant located alongside the highway, near Orillia
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Numbering of the various provincial highways in Ontario has been commenced by the Department of Public Highways. Resident engineers are now receiving metal numbers to be placed on poles along the provincial highways. These numbers will also be placed on poles throughout cities, towns and villages, and motorists should then have no trouble in finding their way in and out of urban municipalities. Road designations from "2" to "17" have already been allotted...
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The long-awaited Lakehead Expressway moved to the brink of reality when Ontario Highways Minister Charles S. MacNaughton announced a new cost-sharing formula for the twin cities portion. This fixes the expressway cost at $15,770,000.
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