History of Tertiary Highway 808:
Tertiary Highway 808 is Ontario's most northern provincial highway. The highway starts at the end of Highway 599 at Central Patricia, and continues north to the bridge over the Pipestone River, located approximately 150 km north of Central Patricia. Highway 808 was originally created out of a highway renumbering in 1966. On December 6, 1966, a 60 km section of Highway 599 from Central Patricia to the Otoskwin River was re-designated as Highway 808. The highway lasted until 1983, when it was formally decommissioned as a provincial highway. The route was decommissioned effective April 1, 1983.
During 2011, the Ministry of Transportation reportedly reassumed the entire route of Former Highway 808 that had been relinquished in 1983. In addition, a 90 km section of the Windigo Lake Road from the Otoskwin River to the Pipestone River was also designated as a new provincial highway. The highway now appears as Tertiary Highway 808 in the MTO's most recent mileage tables. However, it has not been confirmed if the route is actually signed as Highway 808, or whether this is an unposted designation used merely for accounting purposes.
The southernmost 3 km of Highway 808 is paved, but the balance of the highway is gravel-surfaced. Highway 808 is maintained year-round, as it forms an important connection to several ice roads, which are open during the winter months only. These ice roads intersect with Highway 808 at various points, and continue even further north to serve remote communities in Ontario's far north regions. There are no services available on Highway 808 north of Central Patricia.
Photographic History of Tertiary Highway 808
Learn More About Tertiary Highway 808