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Ontario Highway 96A Quick Facts:
  • Years in Existence: 1965-1998
  • Current Status: Decommissioned in 1998
  • Current Names: Dawson Point Road (Hwy 7051)
  • Location: Eastern Ontario
  • Counties Served: Frontenac
  • Towns Served: None
  • Southern Terminus: Hwy 96 - East of Marysville
  • Northern Terminus: Dawson Point Ferry Dock
  • Length in 1997: 2.4 km / 1.5 miles
HWY 96A ROUTE MARKER - © Josh Anderchek
King's Highway 96A Sign
© Josh Anderchek

History of King's Highway 96A:

King's Highway 96A was a short spur highway on Wolfe Island which connected Highway 96 to the Dawson Point Ferry Dock. The ferry dock at Dawson Point provided a connection between Kingston and Wolfe Island during the winter months, when the main ferry dock on Wolfe Island in Marysville was not usable. The history of Highway 96A dates back to the mid-1960s, when a Preliminary Assumption Plan was prepared by the Department of Highways of Ontario (DHO) dated January 8, 1965, which showed the proposed assumption of the Dawson Point Road as a new King's Highway. This new highway was initially identified as Highway 96A in DHO documents from the 1960s. The DHO assumed jurisdiction and control over the highway, effective January 18, 1965.

It is not certain if Highway 96A was ever actually signed as a King's Highway. The route was also assigned a 7000-series highway number (Highway 7051) beginning in the 1960s, so it is entirely possible that it did not have a posted King's Highway route number for the majority of its roughly 30-year existence - if at all. In more recent years, a small green fingerboard guide sign has existed along Highway 96 at the turn-off to Dawson Point east of Marysville, which pointed the way towards the winter ferry dock via "Hwy 7051". The highway lasted until the late 1990s, when it was transferred to local control along with Wolfe Island's other two highways (Highway 95 & Highway 96). Jurisdiction over Highway 96A/Highway 7051 was transferred from the province to the Township of Frontenac Islands, effective January 1, 1998.

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