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This page contains present day photos (Year 2000 to date) of Ontario's King's Highway 11, arranged by location from Toronto northerly to Orillia. All photographs displayed on this page were taken by the Webmaster (Cameron Bevers), unless specifically noted otherwise. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Page 8: Present Day King's Highway 11 Photographs (Toronto to Orillia)


HWY 401 #94 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 407 #8 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Aerial view of the Hwy 11 (Yonge Street) Interchange on Hwy 401, facing south towards Downtown Toronto. Note the Hogg's Hollow Bridge on Hwy 401 to the right of the Yonge Street Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 30, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Aerial view of the Hwy 407 and Hwy 7 Interchanges at Yonge Street (Hwy 11) in Richmond Hill, facing north. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 30, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #295 - © Mark Mirrlees             HWY 11 #296 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Close-up of the Hwy 407 and Hwy 7 Interchanges at Yonge Street (Hwy 11) in Richmond Hill, facing north.
(Photograph taken on May 30, 2004  -  © Mark Mirrlees)

Right - Aerial view of Hwy 11 in Richmond Hill, facing north from Elgin Mills Road. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 30, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #615 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #617 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 11 towards the Aurora CN Rail Subway. Structure completed in 1940.
(Photograph taken on April 11, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - View underneath the Aurora Subway on Hwy 11. This bridge is a steel plate girder structure, with a single span measuring 120 feet in length.
(Photograph taken on April 11, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #616 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #618 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Date stamp (1940) on the east abutment of the Aurora Subway on Hwy 11.
(Photograph taken on April 11, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along Hwy 11 towards the Aurora Subway. This bridge replaced a narrower subway that was constructed at this location in 1923.
(Photograph taken on April 11, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #619 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #294 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The original 1923 subway at Aurora was only 42 feet wide, which was only just wide enough to allow two lanes of traffic on Hwy 11, one sidewalk, and a radial railway line to pass through. The 1940 structure, which replaced the narrow 1923 subway, was designed to ultimately accommodate a four-lane divided highway. The completion of the new Aurora Subway in 1940 was an instrumental stage in the redevelopment of Hwy 11 as a multi-lane highway during the 1930s and 1940s.
(Photograph taken on April 11, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north towards Bradford along the Holland Landing Bypass (Hwy 11). See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on April 10, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #291 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #293 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The Holland Landing Bypass was completed in 1959. This new four-lane divided highway diverted Hwy 11 traffic off of the narrow two-lane highway built up the Holland Landing Hill in the early 1920s. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on April 10, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The Holland Landing Bypass portion of Hwy 11 is a limited access four-lane divided highway.
(Photograph taken on April 10, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #292 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 400 #385 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 11 towards Bradford at Holland Landing.
(Photograph taken on April 10, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Overhead diagrammatic guide sign on northbound Hwy 400 approaching the Crown Hill Overpass north of Barrie. At this junction, Hwy 400 actually exits from the apparent through highway, and charts a new course northwesterly towards Parry Sound where it joins Hwy 69 to Sudbury. The through route leads to Hwy 11, which continues northeasterly towards Orillia and North Bay. This is a challenging exit to sign, since the interchange appears at the end of a long curve. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 2, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 400 #386 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 400 #377 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Overhead turn-off guide signs on northbound Hwy 400 at Crown Hill. The route of Hwy 69, which extends from the Parry Sound area to Sudbury, is "trailblazed" via Hwy 400 on both the advance and turn-off overhead guide signs. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 2, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Approaching the Crown Hill Overpass north of Barrie. At this point, northbound Hwy 400 traffic has already exited from the highway, so traffic continuing north below this bridge is already committed to taking Hwy 11. Although signed as Hwy 11 heading northbound, the short section of the highway between the Crown Hill Overpass and the neighbouring Crown Hill Interchange (Hwy 11 & Hwy 93 Junction) has an unposted designation (Hwy 400A). That route number was logically omitted from all highway signs at both junctions, due to the potential for confusion amongst motorists. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on June 19, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 400 #378 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 400 #379 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Southern side of the Crown Hill Overpass on Hwy 400. This single span concrete rigid frame girder structure was completed in 1959, as part of the Hwy 400 Extension from Crown Hill to Coldwater. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on June 19, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Northern side of the Crown Hill Overpass on Hwy 400. The bridge deck had a significant superelevation, to compensate for the relatively small ramp footprint. As a result, the structure's north fascia appears to be much larger than the south fascia. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on June 19, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 400 #380 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 400 #381 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Northbound Hwy 400 ramp approaching the Crown Hill Overpass, facing south towards Barrie. The designers used a very economical design to unite the original route of Hwy 400 and the Hwy 400 Extension to Coldwater. A project began in May 2013 to replace the Crown Hill Overpass and realign the approach ramp. Preliminary grading for the new ramp can be seen in the background. The old 1959 structure was demolished on December 12, 2015, a few weeks after the replacement bridge opened to traffic. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on June 19, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Deck view of the Crown Hill Overpass on Hwy 400, facing north. This point marked the beginning of the so-called "Hwy 400 Extension" to Coldwater. This two-lane undivided highway was completed in 1959. The new route provided a direct connection to the Trans-Canada Highway at Coldwater, and shortened the distance between Toronto and Sudbury by approximately 13 km. The term "Extension" is a bit of a misnomer today. Ever since the completion of the MacTier-Horseshoe Lake Diversion in 2003, the Hwy 400 Extension is now actually longer than the original Toronto-Barrie route of Hwy 400. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on June 19, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 400 #383 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 400 #382 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south towards Barrie from the Crown Hill Overpass. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on June 19, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north from the Crown Hill Overpass on Hwy 400 towards Crown Hill. The adjacent Hwy 11 & Hwy 93 Interchange at Crown Hill can be seen in the background. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on June 19, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 400 #384 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #851 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 400A towards the Crown Hill Overpass near Barrie. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on June 19, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Crown Hill Underpass at the Hwy 11 & Hwy 93 Interchange near Barrie, facing north. Structure completed in 1951.
(Photograph taken on August 25, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #845 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #847 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Northern side of the Crown Hill Underpass at the Hwy 11 & Hwy 93 Interchange. This interchange marked the northern terminus of the Toronto-Barrie Highway (Hwy 400) for several years, before the Coldwater Extension was completed in 1959. Today, the Crown Hill Interchange ensures a seamless transition between Hwy 400 and the expressway portion of Hwy 11.
(Photograph taken on August 25, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Historically, the highway numbering at the Crown Hill Interchange was rather confusing. Up until 1997, the route of Hwy 11 exited from the expressway and passed through the Crown Hill Underpass. From there, Hwy 11 followed Penetanguishene Road south into Downtown Barrie. However, traffic on the expressway above the structure continued south towards Toronto by accessing Hwy 400. Although it was never a posted route number, the short section of highway connecting the Crown Hill Interchange to the Hwy 400 Extension Interchange is known as Hwy 400A. The route of Hwy 400A is signed as Hwy 11 heading northbound and Hwy 400 heading southbound. Between 1938 and 1997, Hwy 93 also terminated at this junction.
(Photograph taken on August 25, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #844 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #849 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Bi-directional freeway ramp at the Hwy 11 & Hwy 93 Interchange at Crown Hill near Barrie. This ramp also provides access to the Crown Hill MTO Carpool Lot.
(Photograph taken on August 25, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The Crown Hill Interchange ramps on the southbound side of Hwy 11 are in a "Parclo B-4" configuration, with the loop ramp situated on the far side of the grade separation. As a result, there are two exit ramps from Southbound Hwy 11 at this interchange. The directional ramp before the grade separation carries traffic to Northbound Hwy 93 only, while the loop ramp on the south side of the grade separation carries traffic bound for Barrie via Penetanguishene Road (Former Hwy 11 South).
(Photograph taken on August 25, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #843 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #846 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Extra pavement markings and signs have been put in place to discourage drivers from turning left towards Barrie from the first southbound Hwy 11 off-ramp at Crown Hill. To reach Barrie, drivers are supposed to take the second exit ramp on the south side of the Crown Hill Underpass.
(Photograph taken on August 25, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Guide signs marking County Road 93 North (Former Hwy 93) at the Crown Hill Interchange.
(Photograph taken on August 25, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #848- © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #850 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 93 towards Midland from the Crown Hill Interchange on Hwy 11.
(Photograph taken on August 25, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Southern terminus of Hwy 93 at the Crown Hill Interchange on Hwy 11, facing south towards Barrie.
(Photograph taken on August 25, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #852 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #853 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - County Road 93 route marker at Crown Hill. Prior to 1997, this route marker indicated Hwy 11 South. After Hwy 11 was downloaded to Simcoe County between Barrie and Crown Hill, Simcoe County decided to renumber Former Hwy 11 as County Road 93.
(Photograph taken on August 25, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along Penetanguishene Road (Former Hwy 11) between Barrie and Crown Hill. The highway descends into a steep-sided valley approaching Willow Creek.
(Photograph taken on August 25, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #855 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #854 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Penetanguishene Road (Former Hwy 11) from Crown Hill towards Downtown Barrie.
(Photograph taken on August 25, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Penetanguishene Road (Former Hwy 11) approaching the Crown Hill Interchange. Up until 1997, Hwy 11 turned right at this ramp to join the expressway portion of Hwy 11 leading north to Orillia. Penetanguishene Road continues north towards Midland and Penetanguishene as Hwy 93 beyond this interchange. As a result of the 1997-1998 highway downloading, the Crown Hill Interchange marks the southern terminus of Hwy 11.
(Photograph taken on August 25, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #856 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #857 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Guide signs on Northbound Penetanguishene Road (Former Hwy 11) approaching the Crown Hill Interchange, marking the on-ramps to Hwy 11 North and Hwy 400 South.
(Photograph taken on August 25, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Bi-directional freeway ramp at the Hwy 11 & Hwy 93 Interchange at Crown Hill near Barrie. Bi-directional ramps such as this were actually quite common when Hwy 400 was first built, but they are slowly disappearing as interchanges are reconstructed. The Crown Hill Interchange marked the original northern terminus of Hwy 400 before the Coldwater Extension was completed in 1959.
(Photograph taken on August 25, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #859 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Signs marking the former Hwy 11 & Hwy 93 Junction at the Crown Hill Interchange. This is one instance where the highway downloading actually improved the route numbering. After the Ontario government relinquished ownership of Hwy 11 between Barrie and Crown Hill, Simcoe County chose to rename the downloaded section of Hwy 11 as County Road 93.
(Photograph taken on August 25, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #858 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #932 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The Crown Hill Interchange ramps on the northbound side of Hwy 11 are in a "Parclo B-2" configuration, with the loop ramp situated on the far side of the grade separation. The interchange was designed this way in order to avoid disturbing a church in the southeast quadrant of the interchange.
(Photograph taken on August 25, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Distance guide sign on northbound Hwy 93 just north of Hwy 11 at the Crown Hill Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 17, 2014  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #931 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #930 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Facing south along Hwy 93 towards the Crown Hill Interchange. Note the junction sign at right, indicating the upcoming highway interchange. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 17, 2014  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - "Junction 400 11" sign on southbound Hwy 93 approaching the Hwy 11 Interchange at Crown Hill. This recently-installed sign assembly makes use of a full "Junction" sign tab, which has been a relatively uncommon signing practice on provincial highways in recent years. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 17, 2014  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #929 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #260 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Newly-installed distance guide sign on northbound Hwy 11 near the Crown Hill Interchange, marking the distance to the end of Hwy 11 in Rainy River along with distances to Cochrane and Thunder Bay. Although it is fairly common to see "end-of-highway" destinations listed on Ontario distance guide signs, this sign is particularly noteworthy due to the high distances shown on the sign. Hwy 11 is Ontario's second-longest provincial highway, second only to Hwy 17, so the high distances shown on the sign are entirely attributable to the extreme length of this highway. To the best of my knowledge, this is the highest-mileage distance sign in Canada, with the furthest destination being almost 1,775 km away. It easily beats out this sign in Northern British Columbia, showing the distance to Fairbanks, Alaska (a mere distance of 1,005 km) on the northbound Haines Highway. Personally, I really appreciate this new distance sign on Hwy 11 near Barrie. It serves as a reminder to Ontario residents of the vast size of this province, and draws some attention to the seldom-explored northern regions of the province. Hopefully, this sign will prove to be more than just a local curiosity, and encourage passer-bys to consider exploring Ontario's vast north in their future travels. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 17, 2014  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - This small corner diversion on a former Hwy 11 alignment south of Orillia was built in the early 1920s. It connected 15th Line to Memorial Avenue. In 1931, a larger curve diversion was built on Memorial Avenue in order to accommodate faster through traffic on Hwy 11.
(Photograph taken on June 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #261 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #262 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - An old culvert on a former Hwy 11 alignment near Orillia - "ONTARIO PROVINCIAL HIGHWAY 1921".
(Photograph taken on June 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Culvert inscription on a former alignment of Hwy 11 (Memorial Avenue Diversion) - "THE KING'S HIGHWAY 1931".
(Photograph taken on June 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #263 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #265 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Old 1921-dated culvert on a former Hwy 11 alignment south of Orillia on Memorial Avenue.
(Photograph taken on June 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Memorial Avenue Overpass on Hwy 11 south of Orillia. Structure completed in 1956.
(Photograph taken on June 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #264 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - An older King's Highway 11 sign on the Memorial Avenue on-ramp south of Orillia.
(Photograph taken on June 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #290 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Hwy 12 Overpass on the Orillia Bypass (Hwy 11). Structure completed in 1956.
(Photograph taken on June 4, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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