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This page contains historical and present day photos of Ontario's King's Highway 118 from Glen Orchard easterly to Bracebridge. All photographs displayed on this page were taken by the Webmaster (Cameron Bevers), unless specifically noted otherwise. Historical photographs are arranged in approximate chronological order, while present day photographs (Year 2000 to date) are arranged by location from west to east. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Page 1: Historical King's Highway 118 Photographs


HWY 118 #1

Above - Aerial view of the massive rock cut on Hwy 118 at Milford Bay (ca. 1965)
(Photograph courtesy of Peterborough Post Card Company)


Present Day King's Highway 118 Photographs (Glen Orchard to Bracebridge)


HWY 118 #23 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 118 #24 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Old Hwy 169 trailblazer marker on Hwy 118 near Port Carling.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Sorry, what direction am I going? Muskoka's insistence on referring to former Hwy 118 as "Muskoka 118 West" is undoubtedly confusing for eastbound motorists.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 118 #25 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 118 #26 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Hwy 118 at Henshaw Lake, approaching Port Carling.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - View of Henshaw Lake from Hwy 118. The highway passes about a dozen scenic lakes along its beautiful route through the Muskoka Lakes Region.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 118 #27 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 118 #22 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Former Hwy 118 alignment near Henshaw Lake, just west of Port Carling. This section of Hwy 118 was bypassed in the 1960s by a new highway alignment.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Former Hwy 118 alignment approaching Port Carling. A substantial section of Hwy 118 was relocated between Henshaw Lake and Port Carling in the 1960s.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 118 #3 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 118 #2 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Northern side of the Joseph Street Bridge on Hwy 118 in Port Carling. Structure completed in 1974.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The Joseph Street Bridge in Port Carling spans the Port Carling Marine Lock. This lock allows marine traffic to pass between Lake Rosseau and Mirror Lake.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 118 #4 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 118 #5 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The Joseph Street Bridge opens to allow marine traffic to pass through the lock below.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Approaching the Port Carling Bridge on Hwy 118, facing west.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 118 #6 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 118 #7 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Structure identification number and date stamp (1974) on the Port Carling Bridge on Hwy 118.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing west across the Joseph Street Bridge on Hwy 118 in Port Carling.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 118 #8 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 118 #9 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east across the Joseph Street Bridge on Hwy 118 in Port Carling.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Close-up of the Port Carling Marine Lock below the Joseph Street Bridge on Hwy 118.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 118 #10 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 118 #11 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Southern side of the Joseph Street Bridge on Hwy 118 in Port Carling.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Sharp reverse curve on Hwy 118 on the eastern side of Port Carling.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 118 #20 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 118 #19 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Hwy 118 towards Bracebridge, just east of Port Carling.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Abandoned alignment of Hwy 118 between Port Carling and Milford Bay.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 118 #21 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Commemorative sign on Hwy 118, indicating that this section of the highway is part of the Frank Miller Memorial Route. This was not a provincial designation. It was applied to sections of Hwy 118 and Hwy 169 several years after these highways were transferred to the District of Muskoka. The commemorative designation is a tribute to Frank Miller, who served as M.P.P. for Muskoka from 1971 until 1987 and who also briefly served as Premier of Ontario in 1985.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 118 #12 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 118 #13 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Hwy 118 approaching the Milford Bay Rock Cut. This massive rock cut was one of the longest cuts ever constructed on the provincial highway system.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Entering the Milford Bay Rock Cut on Hwy 118, facing east towards Bracebridge.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 118 #14 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 118 #15 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - View of Hwy 118 from the top of Milford Bay Rock Cut, facing west towards Port Carling.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The Milford Bay Rock Cut is situated on a long horizontal curve on Hwy 118. This section of Hwy 118 is actually a newer diversion that bypasses the original highway alignment which runs along the lakeshore. The new highway is shorter than the old route that passed through the community of Milford Bay.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 118 #16 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 118 #17 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The Milford Bay Rock Cut on Hwy 118 is nearly half a kilometre in length.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Eastern entrance to the Milford Bay Rock Cut on Hwy 118.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 118 #18 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 118 #28 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Hwy 118 towards Bracebridge in the Milford Bay Rock Cut.
(Photograph taken on September 9, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - View of Lake Muskoka along Hwy 118 west of Bracebridge.
(Photograph taken on September 11, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 118 #39 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 118 #30 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Approaching the Muskoka River Bridge on Hwy 118 in Bracebridge. Until 1983, all traffic bound for Hwy 118 from Hwy 11 had to pass through Downtown Bracebridge, via Ecclestone Drive (at right). The completion of the Wellington Street Bridge across the Muskoka River in 1983 provided a western bypass around Bracebridge.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 118 from the Muskoka River Bridge in Bracebridge.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 118 #38 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 118 #31 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - View of the Muskoka River in Bracebridge, facing east towards the Wellington Street Bridge on Hwy 118.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing west along Hwy 118 at the Muskoka River Bridge in Bracebridge.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 118 #32 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 118 #33 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Commemorative plaque marking the completion of the Wellington Street Bridge on Hwy 118 in Bracebridge in 1983.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The ornamental stone pillars at the entrance and mid-span of the Wellington Street Bridge add to the bridge's aesthetic appeal.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 118 #34 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 118 #35 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Northern side of the Wellington Street Bridge on Hwy 118 in Bracebridge.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Southern side of the Wellington Street Bridge over the Muskoka River on Hwy 118.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 118 #36 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 118 #37 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Aluminum tube handrails on the Wellington Street Bridge over the Muskoka River on Hwy 118.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Structure identification number and date stamp (1983) on the Muskoka River Bridge on Hwy 118 in Bracebridge.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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