History of the Trans-Canada #17 Thunder Bay to Fort Frances & Kenora, Ontario



Kaministiqua River  was themajor fur-trading route west to Lake of The Woods Atikokan highway (from Fort William) opens for traffic, providing access to mining, lumbering and tourist areas.

In 1924, Atikokan highway (from Fort William) opens for traffic, providing access to mining, lumbering and tourist areas. The original routing of Highway 17 travelled into Port Arthur along the Dawson Road, now Highway 102.

Front Fort Frences/International Falls thre is a road norrthwards along the eastern edge of Lake of The Woods, that connects to the main Trans-Canada at Kenora

The Longest Street in the World

The route west from Thunder Bay is a continuation of Highway 11, also known as Yonge Street which begins at the waterfront in Toronto, and continues noth to North Bay, continues as the northern routeof the Trans-Canada Highway to Nipigon. Betwen Nipigon #11 and #17 share the same road,, but when the road ends in International Falls, it marks the end of the "longest street in the world", over 1,896 kilometres (1,178 mi) long. However, because No segment of the highway anywhere north of Barrie ever actually bore the name, the Guinness Book of World Records stopped recognizing this claim after 1999.




Other Resources

Ignace to Thunder Bay itinerary Northern Ontario Highways Maps

Southern Ontario Highways Maps

History of Ontario Ministry of Transportation

50 Years of Trans-Canada


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