Hwy 12B Hwy 12B (Coldwater) Hwy 12B   

This page contains historical and present day photos of Ontario's King's Highway 12B (Coldwater). 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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Present Day King's Highway 12B (Coldwater) Photographs


HWY 12 #121 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #122 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Approaching the Simcoe Road 16 and Simcoe Road 23 (Vasey Road) Junction on westbound Hwy 12 near Coldwater. Up until 1997, the route of Hwy 12 continued straight ahead towards Midland. The section of Hwy 12 between Coldwater and Waubaushene was downloaded to Simcoe County in 1997. The county elected to call the route of Former Hwy 12 as Simcoe Road 16. The renumbering left a gap in the route of Hwy 12. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 14, 2010  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Green trailblazer sign marking the route to Hwy 400 via Simcoe County Road 23 (Vasey Road) from Hwy 12. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 14, 2010  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #120 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #123 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Destination signs on westbound Hwy 12 approaching the Simcoe Road 16 and Simcoe Road 23 (Vasey Road) Junction. Until recently, westbound Hwy 12 traffic bound for Midland was directed to follow Simcoe Road 16. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 14, 2010  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - This destination sign on westbound Hwy 12 still reflects the pre-1997 highway route. Midland-bound traffic was directed to follow Simcoe Road 16 (Former Hwy 12) through Fesserton in order to reach Midland. A route renumbering took place in this area in 2014, in which Hwy 12 was routed concurrently along Hwy 400 between Coldwater and Waubaushene. Following the route renumbering, Midland-bound traffic was directed to turn left and access Hwy 400 & Hwy 12. The destination signed along Simcoe Road 16 is now Fesserton. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 14, 2010  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #124 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #125 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Hwy 12 approaching the Simcoe Road 16 and Simcoe Road 23 (Vasey Road) Junction near Coldwater. Interestingly, all four legs of the upcoming intersection have at one time or another been under the jurisdiction of the province. When this section of Hwy 12 was first assumed by the province in 1931, the route of Hwy 12 passed through Downtown Coldwater. The route emerged from town on Sturgeon Bay Road, and then turned north towards Fesserton along what is now today's Simcoe Road 16. In 1960, the Coldwater Bypass was completed, allowing through traffic by bypass Downtown Coldwater. The old route of Hwy 12 through Downtown Coldwater via Coldwater Road and Sturgeon Bay Road became Hwy 12B. In 2014, Hwy 12 was signed via Vasey Road (at left) to provide a link to adjacent Hwy 400. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 14, 2010  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Before the route renumbering in 2014, Hwy 12 just vanished at this intersection. An attempt was made in the late 1990s to sign Hwy 12 along Hwy 400 through the placement of some sporadic Hwy 12 route markers along Hwy 400. These route markers were later removed and replaced with green trailblazer signs like the example seen here, which directed Hwy 12 traffic to use Simcoe Road 16 through Fesserton instead. This trailblazer sign was really the only indication that Hwy 12 continued any further west beyond this point. The problem was finally resolved in 2014, when a well-signed continuous route for Hwy 12 was established, which overlapped with Hwy 400 between Exit #141 and Exit #147. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 14, 2010  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #119 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #126 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Western terminus of Former Hwy 12B (Sturgeon Bay Road) at the Hwy 12 and Vasey Road Junction near Coldwater. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 14, 2010  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east along the downloaded section of Hwy 12 (Simcoe Road 16) approaching the Vasey Road and Sturgeon Bay Road (Former Hwy 12B) Junction near Coldwater. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 14, 2010  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #127 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #128 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Oversized Hwy 12 route marker on eastbound Simcoe Road 16 near Coldwater. As the sign indicates, the route of Hwy 12 continues straight ahead towards Orillia. Since the route renumbering of 2014, Hwy 12 West is signed via Vasey Road. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 14, 2010  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east along Simcoe Road 16 at the Vasey Road and Sturgeon Bay Road (Former Hwy 12B) Junction near Coldwater. The provincially-owned section of Hwy 12 resumes at this intersection and continues east towards Orillia. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 14, 2010  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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