Ontario Trans-Canada Highway Route: Highway #17 between Sudbury and Mattawa, Ontario



Here is the itinerary for the 190 km along Highway #17 between Sudbury and Mattawa:


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Sudbury is the location of a major meteor strike, which has embedded a rich concentration of metals in the ground. This area (very visible on satellite and aerial photos) is now known as the Sudbury Basin. Copper was first discovered by a CPR blacksmith in 1883, and the region was first deforested for its lumber and then plucked bare by prospectors. Nickel is key for manufacturing stainless steel, and copper is essential for conducting electricity. Once nickel was discovered and extracted, the fumes from the refining process caused heavy "acid rain" in the region, killing off many of the remaining vegetation, making the region so barren that I the 1960's NASA used it as a stand-in for the moon in their astronaut training.

The "Superstack" at Copper Cliff to the west of Sudbury, is 381 metres (1250 feet) high, was completed in 1972 to disperse the pollutants into the upper atmosphere. It is Canada's second tallest structure, behind only the CN Tower. Since then, the Sudbury Region has begun a program of land reclamation & reforestation, and remediation and de-acidification of nearby lakes. Since the 1990s, the waste gases going into the Superstack were processed to remove 90 % of the sulphur dioxide, with further improvements in emissions reduction planned.

The region between Warren and Sturgeon Falls is heavily dependent on the forest industry, with softwood white spruce and blue spruce, and hardwood species like ash, aspen, birch, basswood, elm and maple. These are processed at the mill a Sturgeon Falls.


The north shore of Lake Nippissing is mainly steep bluffs, with the flat terraces remaining from the ancient shoreline of the Nippissing Great Lake of the last Ice Age, used today for the rail and highway corridor along the lake's edge. Much of the north shore is ceded as a Nippissing (Ojibewa) Indian Reservation. In 1605 Samuel de Champlain came this way, on his path to Lake Huron via the French River, before heading south to Lake Simcoe on his way back to Lake Ontario.

North Bay is the Gateway to Ontario's North. It is connected to Toronto via Highway 11 (paving completed in 1939), an extension of that city's Yonge Street, which continues to Nipigon on the north shore of Lake Superior (construction completed in 1943). North Bay was the 1934 birthplace of the Dionne Quintuplets. North Bay was also the last Canadian base with nuclear (defensive) missiles, before their removal in 1968 by then-prime minister Trudeau.

The Trans-Canada between North Bay and Mattawa follows the path of the early voyageurs along the Mattawa River. In the 1600s, fur traders and Jesuit missionaries followed this route to the Great Lakes and to get to the mouth of the Mississippi (via Lake Michigan to a short portage at today's Chicago). Recent settlement and encroachment has forced big game to seek protection n Algonquin Park to the south.



Next West: Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury

Next East: Mattawa to Ottawa


Ontario Highways road condition reports for this segment.

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190

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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3

187

Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, western boundary

Sudbury

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5

185

Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, eastern boundary

Sudbury

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10

180

CP Rail overpass & intersection Highway 67 W to Sudbury via Bancroft Dr, Allan St E to Coniston (2 km)

Sudbury

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11

179

Highway 55 Intersection W to Sudbury, via Kingsway (9 km) all services

Sudbury

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14

176

Highway Junction #74, S to Coniston, smelter, services, accommodation, small airfield, Nickel Centre Information Centre

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15

175

Highway 90 (N) N to Garson (8 km), Falconbridge, Sudbury Airport (17 km) and Wanapitei Lake (22 km)

Coniston

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15

175

Birch St access to Hwy 67 W to Coniston

Coniston

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17

173

CPR Railway underpass

Coniston

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19

171

Mountain View ST (N) Glenbower Cr (S)

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19

171

Wanapitae River Crossing

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20

170

Colonization Rd (N) to Lake Wanapitae, Hwy 537 (Hill St) S to town of Wanup (14 km)and Hwy 69

Wahnapitae

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23

167

Mill Rd (N)

Wahnapitae

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23

167

Norvic Motel, S side of hwy

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28

162

Sunset Rd

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31

159

Kukagami Rd (N)

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35

155

Chain Lake Rd (S). MacLean Rd (NO

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38

152

Pioneer St W, west access to Markstay, services

Markstay

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40

150

Main St (N) to Markstay,

Markstay

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44

146

Picnic grounds on north side of highway

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51

139

Highway 535, S to Hagar

Hagar

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52

138

Labine Rd, W to Hagar

Hagar

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54

136

River Crossing

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59

131

Highway 539 N to Warren, Nipissing Rd (S)

Warren

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62

128

Old Highway 17 (S) heading east, Picnic grounds on north side of highway

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67

123

Deer Lake Rd (N)

Verner

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73

117

Hwy 575 (N) and Cartier St (S) to Old Highway 17 to west

Verner

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74

116

Highway 64 S

Verner

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76

114

Avenue Gingras (S) access to Verner

Verner

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80

110

Beadry Rd (S)

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86

104

Levac Rd (W), services and accommodation, Drive-In Rd (E)

Cache Bay

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90

100

Ottawa St, OPP, Highway 64 N, to Marten River Provincial Park, Cobalt, Kirkland Lake, Cochrane

Sturgeon Falls

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90

100

Sturgeon River crossing, Historical Plaque, S side

Sturgeon Falls

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90

100

King Street, all services to E

Sturgeon Falls

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91

99

Coursol Rd, all services to W

Sturgeon Falls

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94

96

Golf Course Rd (N) west boundary of Nipissing Indian Reserve 10 south of highway

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103

87

Riding Stable Rd (N)

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104

86

Crossing Little Sturgeon River

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107

83

Beacage Park Rd (S)

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122

68

RV dealer S side of hwy

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123

67

Highway Junction #17B North Bay city centre west access

North Bay

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124

66

east boundary of Nipissing Indian Reserve 10 south of highway

North Bay

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125

65

Gormanville Rd intersection

North Bay

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127

63

Major intersection Highway 11B (N) shopping, all services, Algonquin Ave (S) all services

North Bay

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128

62

Obrien St

North Bay

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128

62

Frost St N (WB only)

North Bay

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129

61

Major intersection #63 Cassells St (W) and Trout Lake Rd (E)

North Bay

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130

60

Major intersection #17B Fisher St (W)

North Bay

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130

60

Railway level crossing

North Bay

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130

60

Seymour St intersection

North Bay

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131

59

Exit to #11 South to Barrie, Toronto

North Bay

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132

58

Acme Rd (S), Twin Lake N, services

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132

58

Lake to N of hwy

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134

56

Truck stop on N side of hwy

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134

56

Bayview Rd, Race track and Go-cart track on N side of hwy

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135

55

Trout Lake, view to N

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142

48

Highway 94, gas

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154

36

Highway Junction #531 S to Bonfield, accommodation

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158

32

Trout Pond Rd (S), Pine Lake Rd (N) to Mattawa River PP (4 km)

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163

27

Talon Lake Rd, Rutherglen

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172

18

Highway Junction #630

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172

18

Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park

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179

11

Boundary Rd (S)

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181

9

Old Highway 17 (N)

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183

7

Taggatt Lake Rd (S)

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185

5

Old Highway 17 (N) & Nealt Rd (N)

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186

4

Champlain Lake Rd, accommodation

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188

2

Chenier Rd (S)

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188

2

Louis St (N) services

Mattawa

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190

0

Park St

Mattawa

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190

0

Pine Street, Mattawa Train Station, Tourist Information Centre

Mattawa

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190

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Junction Valois Drive (17S), Main St (Highway 533 N), and McConnal St (Hwy 17 W)

Mattawa

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