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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 12 dating from 1922 to 1979. All photographs displayed on this page were taken by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, unless specifically noted otherwise. Historical photographs are arranged in approximate chronological order. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Page 1: Historical King's Highway 12 Photographs (1922 to 1979)


HWY 12 #141

NEW Above - Effect of de-icing chemicals applied on the surface of Hwy 12 to dissolve snow near Orillia (1947)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1947)





HWY 12 #155             HWY 12 #5

NEW Left - Facing west along Hwy 12 towards Coldwater, about 8 miles west of Orillia in 1948. This photo shows a section of the Warminster-Coldwater Diversion, which was constructed in 1936 and paved with an asphalt surface in 1945. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on September 17, 1948.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1948)

Right - Circa 1955 postcard view of the original Hwy 12 Swing Bridge built in the 1920s across Atherley Narrows.
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' Historical Photograph Collection  -  Original Photographer Unknown)





HWY 12 #142

NEW Above - Resurfaced section of Hwy 12, 4 miles south of Atherley. Photo taken on November 12, 1956.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1956)





HWY 12 #6

Above - Aerial postcard view of the old Atherley Narrows Bridge on Hwy 12 south of Orillia (ca. 1960).
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' Historical Photograph Collection  -  Original Photographer Unknown)





HWY 12 #145

NEW Above - Junction of Hwy 12 & Hwy 12B at the eastern end of the Coldwater Bypass shortly after completion in 1960. The new Hwy 12 Bypass at left allowed through traffic to bypass Coldwater altogether. The former route of Hwy 12 at right through Coldwater was renumbered as Hwy 12B. Photo taken in 1960.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1960)





HWY 12 #156

NEW Above - Canadian National Railway (CNR) Overhead on the South Orillia Bypass (Hwy 12). See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on June 26, 1961.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)





HWY 12 #96             HWY 12 #97

Left - Facing west along the newly-completed Coldwater Bypass (Hwy 12) approaching the Coldwater River Bridge in 1961. The completion of the Coldwater Bypass in 1960 shortened the highway distance between Orillia and Waubaushene by almost a half-mile. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in September, 1961.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Northern side of the Coldwater River Bridge on the Coldwater Bypass (Hwy 12). See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in September, 1961.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 12 #157             HWY 12 #158

NEW Left - CNR Overhead on the South Orillia Bypass (Hwy 12). See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in September, 1961.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)

NEW Right - Facing south across the CNR Overhead on Hwy 12 from the Hwy 11B (Memorial Avenue) Junction in Orillia. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in September, 1961.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)





HWY 12 #98             HWY 12 #95

Left - Southern side of the Coldwater River Bridge on the Coldwater Bypass (Hwy 12). See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on September 20, 1962.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Sturgeon River Bridge on Hwy 12 between Waubaushene and Victoria Harbour in 1962. This concrete rigid frame structure was completed in 1937. The bridge remained in service until it was replaced by a new structure in 2013. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on September 20, 1962.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 12 #143

NEW Above - Reconstruction of Hwy 12 approaching the new Atherley Narrows Bridge in Orillia (1964)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1964)





HWY 12 #144

NEW Above - Aerial view of the new Atherley Narrows Bridge on Hwy 12 in Orillia (1965)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1965)





HWY 12 #146             HWY 11 #928

NEW Left - Newly-completed Atherley Narrows Bridge on Hwy 12 in Orillia in 1965. This new structure was officially opened to traffic by Premier John Robarts on August 24, 1965, and was named the Jake Gaudaur Memorial Bridge after the late world sculling champion. The two-lane bridge was 900 feet in length and consisted of a fixed span with a vertical clearance of 22 feet over the marine navigation channel separating Lake Simcoe from Lake Couchiching. The new high-level bridge greatly eased congestion along Hwy 12 between Orillia and Atherley. The previous bridge at Atherley Narrows had an opening swing span which caused major traffic disruptions on Hwy 12 every time the bridge was opened to allow marine traffic to pass through. Photo taken in 1965.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1965)

Right - Facing south along the Orillia Bypass (Hwy 11) at the Hwy 12 & Hwy 12B Cloverleaf in 1965. This early photo shows the original eight-ramp cloverleaf at Hwy 12 & Hwy 12B (Coldwater Road) on the Orillia Bypass. The completion of the cloverleaf in 1956 allowed through traffic on Hwy 11 to access both Hwy 12 West to Midland and Downtown Orillia via Hwy 12B (Coldwater Road). Note the old British-American Oil fuel tanker truck heading southbound towards Barrie in the background. The Hwy 12 & Hwy 12B Cloverleaf was removed during a highway reconstruction project in 2002. It was replaced with a standard six-ramp "Parclo A-4" Interchange. Although it was rehabilitated as part of this reconstruction project, the original 1956 overpass structure still stands today. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in October, 1965.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 12 #154

NEW Above - North River Culvert on Hwy 12 west of Warminster. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on July 11, 1966.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)





HWY 12 #93             HWY 12 #94

Left - Facing east along Hwy 12 towards Waubaushene from the Sturgeon River Bridge in 1967. This wonderful photo shows the two 1960s-era service stations at Sturgeon River. The Shell Station in the foreground still stands today, although it had operated as an independent gasoline retailer from the 1970s up until the 1990s. The British Petroleum (BP) Station seen in the background is no longer in operation. Today, the former service station site is occupied by a pre-owned vehicle dealership. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in August, 1967.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Southern side of the Sturgeon River Bridge on Hwy 12 west of Waubaushene. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in August, 1967.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 12 #129             HWY 12 #131

NEW Left - Port McNicoll "Mouse Hole" Subway on Hwy 12, facing east towards Waubaushene in 1967. This narrow, low-clearance railway subway was constructed by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in 1907, in an era long before transport trucks plied the province's King's Highways. As commercial vehicles became larger and the movement of goods by transport truck became more prevalent, the Port McNicoll Mouse Hole became a significant barrier to truck movements in this area. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in August, 1967.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)

NEW Right - Facing west along Hwy 12 towards Midland from the top of the Mouse Hole CPR Subway near Port McNicoll in 1967. This narrow railway subway was taken out of service when it was bypassed by a new Hwy 12 alignment in 1975. The long highway curve seen in this photo was subsequently closed to traffic and abandoned. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in August, 1967.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)





HWY 12 #130             HWY 12 #132

NEW Left - Western side of the Port McNicoll Mouse Hole Subway on Hwy 12 in 1967. This CPR Subway had a centreline vertical clearance of only 12 feet (3.65 metres), which forced over-height transport trucks onto lengthy detours to avoid travelling through this low-clearance subway. The subway was conspicuously marked with large hazard stripes on all sides and had illumination at both portals to aid motorists' visibility through the subway at night. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in August, 1967.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)

NEW Right - Facing east along Hwy 12 towards Waubaushene from the top of the Port McNicoll Mouse Hole Subway. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in August, 1967.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)





HWY 12 #133             HWY 12 #138

NEW Left - Facing north along the CPR towards the Hog Bay Railway Trestle from the Mouse Hole Subway on Hwy 12 in 1967. This massive curved railway trestle was situated just a short distance north of Hwy 12 and led to the grain terminals in Port McNicoll. The CPR line across the trestle and the Mouse Hole was abandoned in 1971. The highway was subsequently realigned and punched through the approach fill to the trestle in 1975. The balance of the disused railway trestle was removed in the late 1970s. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in August, 1967.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)

NEW Right - Facing west along Hwy 12 towards Midland at the CPR Subway west of Port McNicoll in 1967. This small steel plate girder structure was built in 1910. Although narrow, the vertical clearance of 15 feet (4.55 metres) at this structure was much more forgiving than the nearby Mouse Hole Subway. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in August, 1967.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)





HWY 12 #139             HWY 12 #140

NEW Left - Facing east along Hwy 12 towards Waubaushene at the Port McNicoll CPR Subway in 1967. The Mouse Hole CPR Subway lies about 1 km to the east. This section of Hwy 12 was bypassed by the Port McNicoll Diversion (Hwy 12 New) in 1977. The old route of Hwy 12 seen in this photo is now a municipal road known as Triple Bay Road. This CPR structure was removed many years ago after the railway to Port McNicoll was abandoned entirely. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in August, 1967.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)

NEW Right - View of the now-removed CPR line at the Hwy 12 Subway west of Port McNicoll. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in August, 1967.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)





HWY 12 #137             HWY 12 #136

NEW Left - Overhead clearance warning sign on westbound Hwy 12 approaching the CPR Mouse Hole Subway near Port McNicoll. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on April 18, 1968.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)

NEW Right - Western side of the Mouse Hole CPR Subway near Port McNicoll in 1968. Although two small passenger vehicles could theoretically fit through the subway simultaneously (just barely), motorists would usually take turns driving through the subway by yielding the right-of-way to oncoming traffic. As traffic volumes grew on Hwy 12, the Mouse Hole started to become a major traffic bottleneck. The structure was removed from service in 1975, when it was bypassed by a much-improved alignment of Hwy 12. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on April 18, 1968.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)





HWY 12 #135             HWY 12 #134

NEW Left - View of the now-removed CPR line, facing south from the top of the Mouse Hole Subway on Hwy 12 south of Port McNicoll. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on April 18, 1968.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)

NEW Right - Western side of the Mouse Hole CPR Subway on Hwy 12 near Port McNicoll in 1968. Note the new enhanced warning signs, showing the vertical clearance at different points across the top of the subway's arch. This was done presumably to prevent oversized vehicles from striking the subway and getting stuck underneath it. The previous signs (visible in the 1967 Photos above) only indicated the vertical clearance measured from the highest point in the arch, and thus were somewhat misleading. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on April 18, 1968.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)





HWY 7 #370

Above - New Lynde Creek Bridge on Hwy 7 & Hwy 12 in Brooklin. Photo taken on October 18, 1971.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2013)





HWY 7 #369

Above - Lynde Creek Bridge on Hwy 7 & Hwy 12 in Brooklin, facing north towards Beaverton. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on October 18, 1971.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2013)





HWY 12 #147             HWY 12 #148

NEW Left - Compacting granular sub-base for a widened section of Hwy 12 east of Midland (1971)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1971)

NEW Right - Reconstructed and widened section of Old Hwy 12 (King Street) at Ellen Street in 1973, facing north towards Downtown Midland. This section of Old Hwy 12 was bypassed in 1971, when the Department of Highways of Ontario (DHO) designated the Evergreen Sideroad as the new route of Hwy 12 through Midland. Photo taken in 1973.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1973)





HWY 12 #149             HWY 12 #150

NEW Left - Heavy grading on the Port McNicoll Diversion (Hwy 12 New), facing west towards Midland (1974)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1974)

NEW Right - Newly-completed route of Hwy 12 beside the bypassed Port McNicoll Mouse Hole Subway in 1975. Once the Mouse Hole was bypassed, it greatly improved transport truck access to the Midland area. Previously, vehicles over 12 feet (3.65 metres) in height could not pass through the CPR Subway and had to use lengthy alternate routes to reach Midland. Compare the pavement width on the new alignment of Hwy 12 to the width of the Mouse Hole Subway - the old alignment of Hwy 12 was very narrow! Photo taken in 1975.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1975)





HWY 7 #372

Above - Hwy 7 & Hwy 12 in Brooklin, facing south from the Lynde Creek Bridge. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on March 23, 1975.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2013)





HWY 12 #151             HWY 401 #1456

NEW Left - Canadian National Railway (CNR) Overhead on the Port McNicoll Diversion (Hwy 12). See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on October 21, 1976.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)

Right - Hwy 12 (Brock Street) Overpass on Hwy 401 in Whitby, showing the newly-expanded highway. This section of Hwy 401 was expanded from four to six lanes during the 1970s. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on June 21, 1978.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2016)





HWY 401 #1455             HWY 12 #159

Left - Facing north across the Hwy 12 (Brock Street) Overpass on Hwy 401 in Whitby. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on June 21, 1978.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2016)

NEW Right - Facing east along Hwy 12 towards Orillia at the Coldwater River Bridge. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in July, 1979.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)





HWY 12 #160             HWY 12 #161

NEW Left - Northern side of the Coldwater River Bridge on Hwy 12. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in July, 1979.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)

NEW Right - Facing west along Hwy 12 towards Waubaushene at the Coldwater River Bridge. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in July, 1979.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)





HWY 12 #153             HWY 12 #152

NEW Left - Port McNicoll CNR Overhead on the Port McNicoll Diversion (Hwy 12). See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on September 28, 1979.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)

NEW Right - Facing west along Hwy 12 towards Midland at the Port McNicoll CNR Overhead. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on September 28, 1979.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2019)




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