Ontario Trans-Canada Highway Route: Highway #17 from Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury, Ontario



Here is the itinerary for the 301 km along Highway #17 from Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury:


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At the end of the last Ice Age, Lake Nippissing was larger than all of the Great Lakes, and its melt waters flowed eastward via North Bay to the Ottawa River. As the land rose, without the weight of the now receding 2 kilometer thick ice sheet, the Ottawa River route was blocked and the modern south-flowing route via the Great Lakes began to form. Sand and silts of the former lake bottom, littered with "erratic" boulders and stones dropped by the glaciers and subsequent melt waters, were quickly overgrown with spruce.

The St Mary's River is the waterway that lets water from Lake Superior flow into the lower Great Lakes. There are great views along the waterfront, particularly at Bondar Park and at the International bridge. Travellers to/from the east, will not see St Lawrence shipping , since the freighters use the American Locks and travel south of Sugar Island, on the American side.

Desbarats is the access point for the very scenic St Joseph's Island. This 220 square mile island marks the northern terminus of the Niagara Escarpment (of which Manitoulin Island is also a part), It has a lake-moderated client, and has many trees and plants more common in southern Ontario, including maple and beech. Along the southern edge of the Island are prime lake freighter watching locations.

Between Manitoulin Island and the north shore of Lake Huron is the North Channel. This was long home to a commercial fishery, centered around Thessalon and Blind River, until the opening of the Welland Canal caused the invasion of the parasitic sea lamprey from the Atlantic Ocean, reducing catches in the 1960s. The North Channel is still a recreational boating paradise, being protected from Lake Huron storms.

Bruce Mines was a copper mine that was active from 1846 to 1876. The town also has a colony of double-crested cormorants. Between Bruce Mines and Blind River are patches of fertile but poorly-drained clay coils, that attracted farmers in the early settlement days, but are beginning to revert to forest. The Mississagi River, once used for transporting logs from the forest to Great Lakes shipping at Blind River, is now dammed for hydro-electic power.

Between Blind River and Massey, the lakeshore follows the Murray Fault, an east-west fracture running pretty-well parallel to the highway. This fault was filled in by gravel and silt during the Ice Age, providing a relatively flat surface for highway and railway lines. Unfortunately, a high water table (and an acidic one at that) have made the ground more suitable for swamp than for farming. Travellers will notice black spruce and alder trees in the wetter areas, with white pine and trembling aspen in higher areas.


Serpent River has a brilliant azure blue colour, and can be seen from a rest stop beside the river. Elliott Lake (25 km up highway 108 from Serpent River) is a leading producer of radioactive uranium, from a mine that dates back to the 1950s, extracting the element form a quartz pebble conglomerate that was formed about 2-1.2 billion years ago.

From Espanola, home to a large pulp mill, travelers can access Manitoulin Island, which at 4112 square kilometers (1588 sq miles) is the larges freshwater island in the world. It is even home to the world's largest lake-on-an-island-in-a-lake in the world. Manitoulin was scoured clean by the Ice Age glaciers and has little arable land. The highway to manitoulin skips over a number of small islands. Highway 6 also connects to a ferry that connects Manitoulin Island to Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula, which can be a scenic shortcut to southern Ontario or part of a "Great Circle Tour" around Georgian Bay.



Next West: Wawa to Sault Ste Marie

Next East: Sudbury to Mattawa
Sudbury to Parry Sound


Ontario Highways road condition reports for this segment.

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Municipality

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0

301

Great Northern Rd & Wellington St. west to downtown Sault Ste Marie, International Bridge, east to Highway 17,North to Wawa

Sault Ste Marie

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300

Wellington St & Pine St, S to Bellevue Park

Sault Ste Marie

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300

Wellington St & Trunk Rd at Elizabeth St, Park on S side, Churchill Plaza on E site

Sault Ste Marie

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2

299

Trunk Rd & Lake St

Sault Ste Marie

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3

298

Trunk Rd & Black Rd, WB traffic can head N to bypass Sault Ste Marie, west to downtown, and International Bridge

Sault Ste Marie

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4

297

Trunk Rd & Market St, Wellington Square Mall on S side

Sault Ste Marie

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4

297

Trunk Rd & Boundary Rd, south to SSM Golf & Country club, N to access Rankin Location Indian Reserve 15D

Sault Ste Marie

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7

294

Trunk Rd & Fournier Rd, access S to Queen St, and S to access Rankin Location Indian Reserve 14 along St Mary River

Sault Ste Marie

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8

293

Western boundary of Garden River Indian Reserve 14

Sault Ste Marie

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8

293

New Highway 17 Bypass

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11

290

Hiawatha Dr

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14

287

Point Charles Rd (S), Jordan Mine Rd (N)

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14

287

River crossing

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15

286

Gemba Rd

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18

283

Echo River Rd, view to ## Island (Canada)

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23

278

Crossing mouth to ## River, eastern boundary of Garden River Indian Reserve 14

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24

277

Hwy 638 (Church St E) Junction, Echo Bay, west to Island Springs Golf Resort, and Puddington B&B

Echo Bay

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25

276

Watsons Rd

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27

274

Maple Leaf Rd

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29

272

Bar River Rd

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31

270

River crossing

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32

270

Lake George Rd

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32

269

Calabogie Rd, airport access to W

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36

265

Pumpkin Point Rd

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37

264

Neebish Rd

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40

261

Town Line Rd, highway curves sharply

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41

260

Bar Rd

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44

257

Hwy 548 to S, access to St Joseph Island, communities of Richards Landing, Hilton Beach

Desbarats

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52

249

River crossing, Town of Desbarats

Desbarats

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52

249

Mink Point Rd

Desbarats

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55

246

Deplonty Rd (E), Cora Rd (W)

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58

243

Archibald Rd (S)

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60

241

Boundary Rd (N), Oak Bay Rd (S)

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63

238

Bruce Bay St

Bruce Mines

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295

Crawford St, Esso gas & stores

Bruce Mines

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6

295

Cunningham St (N), access to Harbour

Bruce Mines

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7

294

Taylor St, shopping

Bruce Mines

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64

237

Highway 638 (N)

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66

235

Road Junction, Mine/Quarry to N and S (watch for trucks)

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67

234

Garden Bay Rd (S)

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67

234

Waltonen Rd (S)

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71

230

Trunk Rd (N) , Perch Bay Rd (S)

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79

222

Trunk Rd (S)

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82

219

Lakeside Dr (S) into Thessalon

Thessalon

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83

218

River Rd, S to downtown, all services

Thessalon

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84

217

Highway 129 (N), River St (S) to downtown, all services

Thessalon

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88

213

Walker Rd

Thessalon

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90

211

Pine Ridge Rd

Thessalon

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91

210

Livingstone Creek Golf Course to S

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91

210

Livingston Rd (N)

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92

209

Maple Ridge Rd (S), access to Thessalon Indian Reserve 12

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97

204

Basswood Lake Rd (N)

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100

201

Dayton Rd (S)

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103

198

Melwel Rd (N)

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106

195

Clear Lake Camp (N side of hwy)

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109

192

Bright Lake Rd (S)

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111

190

River crossing

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111

190

Highway 546 (N) Main Street. Town of Iron Bridge, all services

Iron Bridge

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118

183

Dean Lake Rd (W), bridge over river

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121

180

Old Mine Rd (NO

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128

173

Rd to N

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130

171

Rd with west access to Mississagi River Indian Reserve 8 (N)

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132

169

Village Rd (N), services and access to Mississagi River Indian Reserve 8 (N)

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133

168

Eldorado Rd (S), access to golf course

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136

165

Eastern boundary of Mississagi River Indian Reserve 8 (N)

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137

164

Michigan Ave (S) access to marina

Blind River

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138

163

junction Hwy 557/555 (N), town of Blind River, river crossing

Blind River

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139

162

Leacock St(N)

Blind River

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141

160

Rue Oak (S), access to beach area

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148

153

Boundary Rd (S), Hwy 538

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149

152

Lauzon Village Rd (N)

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153

148

Hwy 538 (S)

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157

144

Access to large quarry/mine to S

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158

143

Access to gravel pit to S

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161

140

Spragge town rd, access to Serpent Harbour marina (S)

Serpent Harbour

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164

137

Spragge town settlement (S), Wagoosh Lake Rd (N)

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165

136

Sheppards Lane (N)

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165

136

Strawberry Hill Rd (N) and Martin Rd (S), shopping to NW, Campground to S overlooking Serpent River

Spragge

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167

134

Highway 108 (N) junction to Elliott Lake & Mississagi River Provincial Park, truck weigh station (S)

Serpent River

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167

134

Riverview Rd (S), west access to Serpent River Indian Reserve 7

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172

129

Rest & Picnic Area, S side of Hwy

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173

128

Riverview Rd (S), east access to Serpent River Indian Reserve 7

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177

124

Village Rd (S), east access to Serpent River Indian Reserve 7

Cutler

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179

122

Eastern boundary of Serpent River Indian Reserve 7

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185

116

Johns St, access S to Spanish Marina

Spanish

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186

115

Colonization Rd (S), town of Spanish, all services

Spanish

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189

112

Water Falls Rd (N), access to Brookwood Brae Golf Course, all services

Spanish

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194

107

Sugar Lake Rd (N), River Rd (S) west access to Sagamok Indian Reserve 5

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204

97

Gage Rd (N), Government Rd (S)

Massey

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206

95

Highway 553 junction, town of Massey, N to Chutes PP, S to Indian Reserve Rd with east access to Sagamok Indian Reserve 5, Lee Valley Rd

Massey

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207

94

River crossing

Massey

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207

94

Birch Lake Rd (N)

Massey

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222

79

Agnew Lake Rd, town of Webbwood

Webbwood

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223

78

town of Webbwood, services both sides

Webbwood

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232

69

Highway 6 Junction, town of Espanola 3 km Little Current on Manitoulin Island (53 km), via Whitefish River Indian Reserve 4

Espanola

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234

67

Levert Rd (N)

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237

64

Rest Area N side of hwy

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239

62

Jacklin Rd (S)

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240

61

River crossing, Rd to N on W side

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245

56

Old Nairn Rd (N)

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248

53

Spence St

Nairn Centre

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249

52

McDonald St

Nairn Centre

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252

49

Lone Falls Rd (S)

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269

32

Highway 55 (S) west access to Whitefish PP, Holiday Beach Campground, Whitefish Lake Indian Reserve 6

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269

32

Bay St, Highway 3 N to Fairbank PP, Highway 17 to east is "twinned"

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272

29

River crossing

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283

18

Highway 144 north junction, to Chelmsford (18 km), Dowling, Onaping, and north to Timmins

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285

16

Santala Rd S to Service Rd, all services

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286

15

Highway 24 to Black Lake Rd (S) services along Hwy 55, Main St (N) in Lively services

Lively

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288

13

Major junction Highway 55, Old Highway 17 (S) to Mikkola, N to Copper Cliff

Sudbury

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290

11

Fielding Rd (N) access to Fielding Park, Kelley Lake Dam Kantola Rd (S), Highway 17 "twinned" to W

Sudbury

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293

8

Southview Rd (N) access to Sudbury, Jarvis Rd (S) to Long Lake

Sudbury

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298

3

Long Lake Rd S to Long Lake, N to Sudbury via Paris St (7 km) all services & hospital

Sudbury

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301

0

Major Interchange Highway 46 (Regent St) N into Sudbury, all services & hospital, and Highway 69 S to OPP, Parry Sound, Barrie, Toronto

Sudbury

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