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This page contains historical and present day photos of Ontario's King's Highway 169. 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 south to north. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Historical King's Highway 169 Photographs


HWY 11 #664              HWY 11 #665

Left - Facing north along Hwy 11 towards the new Hwy 169 Interchange in Washago (August 14, 1984)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)

Right - Newly-completed Hwy 169 Overpass on Hwy 11 in Washago (August 14, 1984)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)





HWY 11 #666              HWY 11 #667

Left - Southern side of the new Hwy 169 Overpass in Washago. Note that the box-beam median barrier on Hwy 11 has not been installed yet. (August 14, 1984)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)

Right - Bridge-mounted overhead guide sign marking the Hwy 169 Interchange on Hwy 11 in Washago (August 14, 1984)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)





HWY 11 #668             HWY 11 #669

Left - Northern side of the Hwy 169 Overpass on Hwy 11 in Washago (May 22, 1985)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)

Right - Approaching the Hwy 169 Interchange on Hwy 11 in Washago, facing south (June, 1986)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)





HWY 11 #670             HWY 11 #677

Left - Facing west across the Hwy 169 Overpass on Hwy 11 in Washago (June, 1986)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 11 towards the Hwy 169 Interchange from the Washago Railway Overhead (September 29, 1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)





HWY 169 #9 - © Roger Fox

Above - Dual Hwy 11 & Hwy 169 route markers between Washago and Gravenhurst. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 23, 1995  -  © Roger Fox)





HWY 169 #10 - © Roger Fox

Above - Sign marking the end of Hwy 169 at the Hwy 12 Junction near Brechin. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 23, 1995  -  © Roger Fox)


Present Day King's Highway 169 Photographs


HWY 11 #620 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #621 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Hwy 169 South Overpass on Hwy 11 at Washago. Up until 1998, Hwy 169 ran concurrently with Hwy 11 between Washago and Gravenhurst. As a result, there are actually two interchanges for Hwy 169 along Hwy 11, situated about 18 km apart. The Hwy 169 Interchange located at Washago is the southernmost of the two junctions.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The ramps of the Hwy 169 South Interchange are in a modified "B-Trumpet" configuration, with the loop ramp to Hwy 169 South lying downstream of the overpass. This interchange is situated on a small island at the convergence of the Green and Severn Rivers. The adjacent rivers created considerable space constraints when the interchange was being designed. Accordingly, the layout and ramp geometry of this interchange had to be configured to fit within these natural barriers. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #622 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #623 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The loop ramp from Hwy 11 South to Hwy 169 South has a 30 km/h advisory speed. The design of "B" loop ramps for traffic exiting a freeway is normally discouraged in Ontario, because of the potential for traffic to enter the ramp from the freeway at a speed that exceeds the design speed of the loop ramp. However, in this particular case, the interchange design options were limited by the natural constraints of the adjacent river and surrounding topography.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Looking underneath the Hwy 169 South Overpass on Hwy 11 at Washago. The bridge deck has been superelevated to compensate for the reduced radius of the ramps to and from Hwy 11 South. Structure completed in 1984.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #624 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #625 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Date stamp (1984) and structure identification number on the Hwy 169 South Overpass.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Northern side of the Hwy 169 South Overpass on Hwy 11 at Washago.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #626 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #627 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 11 towards Gravenhurst from the Hwy 169 South Overpass at Washago. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along Hwy 11 towards Orillia from the Hwy 169 South Overpass at Washago. Note the two "buttonhook" on and off ramps which join Hwy 169 to Hwy 11 North on the left in the distant background. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #922 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #352 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east across the Hwy 169 South Overpass on Hwy 11 at Washago. Prior to 1984, Hwy 169 South and Hwy 11 met at an at-grade intersection.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Pre-advance overhead guide sign for the Hwy 169 North (Bethune Drive) Interchange at Gravenhurst on Northbound Hwy 11. Due to the unusual left-hand exit ramp at this interchange, this extra overhead sign was placed 2 km in advance of the interchange. The Hwy 169 North Interchange is very well signed, when compared to other interchanges along Hwy 11 between Barrie and North Bay.
(Photograph taken on June 17, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #902 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #907 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - A setting sun and windswept pines form a pleasant backdrop for this overhead pre-advance guide sign on Northbound Hwy 11 approaching the Hwy 169 North (Bethune Drive) Interchange in Gravenhurst. Coincidentally, the Hwy 169 North Interchange is exactly 169 km from Toronto, so it is numbered as Exit #169. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - A lone Hwy 11 route marker south of Gravenhurst. Up until 1998, Hwy 11 shared a concurrent route with Hwy 169 between Washago and Gravenhurst. The overlapped routing between Washago and Gravenhurst had existed in one form or another since 1937, when the Department of Highways took over responsibility for many of the trunk highways in Muskoka District. Originally, the concurrent designation between Gravenhurst and Washago was shared between Hwy 11 and Hwy 69, until the latter route was renumbered as Hwy 169 in 1976.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #908 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #905 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Approaching the Hwy 169 North (Bethune Drive) Interchange on Hwy 11 in Gravenhurst, facing north. This interchange was constructed as part of the second Gravenhurst Bypass across Gull Lake Narrows in 1969-1970. The project involved the construction of two new interchanges at Gravenhurst's north and south entrances. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Overhead diagrammatic sign for the upcoming Hwy 169 North Interchange on Hwy 11. Compare this photo to the one below which I took in 2006, in which there were two smaller signs positioned here. Until recently, this diagrammatic sign was mounted onto the overhead sign support structure right at the exit ramp. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 169 #6 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #909 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - This large arched truss sign gantry south of Gravenhurst carries a secondary exit sign for the Hwy 169 North (Bethune Drive) Interchange on Northbound Hwy 11. These two signs were relocated onto the turn-off overhead sign structure after this photo was taken. This is an older Aluminum Tapered Leg (ATL) overhead sign support structure, commonly referred to by MTO as a "Type 1" gantry. These stylish arched truss sign support structures were used on Ontario's freeways from the mid 1960s until the late 1980s, but are quickly being phased out and replaced by new overhead sign support structures of different designs. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Hwy 169 North (Bethune Drive) Interchange on Hwy 11 in Gravenhurst, facing north. This unusual semi-directional interchange features a left-hand exit ramp from Northbound Hwy 11 to Hwy 169. Left-hand exit ramps are very rare in Ontario. This was one of only a handful of left-hand exit ramps ever built by the province. The construction of left-hand exit ramps is generally discouraged today, because motorists do not normally expect an exit ramp to appear on the left side of the highway. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 169 #7 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 169 #8 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - View of the Hwy 169 North (Bethune Drive) Interchange on Hwy 11 in Gravenhurst in 2006. Note that the overhead diagrammatic guide sign was in place at that time. The sign was moved back about 400 metres to the advance overhead sign support structure after this photo was taken. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Close-up of the diagrammatic overhead guide sign on Northbound Hwy 11 at the Hwy 169 North (Bethune Drive) Interchange in Gravenhurst in 2006.
(Photograph taken on June 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #910 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #911 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Close-up of the overhead guide signs for the Northbound Hwy 11 at the Hwy 169 North (Bethune Drive) Interchange in Gravenhurst as they appear today.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Gravenhurst Flyover at the Hwy 169 North (Bethune Drive) Interchange on Hwy 11. Structure completed in 1969. This ramp carries traffic from Northbound Hwy 11 to Northbound Hwy 169. It is one of two interchanges serving Gravenhurst.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #912 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #913 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Structure identification number and date stamp (1969) on the Gravenhurst Flyover on Hwy 11 at the Hwy 169 North (Bethune Drive) Interchange.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Gravenhurst Flyover on Hwy 11 at the Hwy 169 North (Bethune Drive) Interchange, facing south.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #914 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #915 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The southbound lanes of Hwy 11 pass below the Gravenhurst Flyover at Hwy 169 North (Bethune Drive). This fascinating interchange is incredibly compact. It is not a full interchange, however. Traffic cannot access Hwy 11 North from Hwy 169 (Bethune Drive). See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Southbound lanes of Hwy 11 as seen from the Gravenhurst Flyover. The ramp from Southbound Hwy 169 can be seen entering Hwy 11 from the right in the background.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #916 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #917 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Western side of the Gravenhurst Flyover at the Hwy 11 and Hwy 169 North (Bethune Drive) Interchange.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south from the Gravenhurst Flyover. Note the left-hand exit ramp from Northbound Hwy 11. This unusual interchange was one of two interchanges built along the second Gravenhurst Bypass in 1969-1970. The other interchange lay 6 km to the north at Bethune Drive (Former Hwy 11B). This was also a semi-directional interchange, but was eventually rebuilt as a complete interchange in 1998-1999 in order to provide a connection to adjacent Doe Lake Road. With the removal of the North Gravenhurst Interchange in the late 1990s, the Hwy 169 North (Bethune Drive) Interchange is now the oldest interchange along Hwy 11 north of Orillia.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #918 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #919 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 11 towards Bracebridge from the Gravenhurst Flyover at the Hwy 169 North (Bethune Drive) Interchange. The completion of the second Gravenhurst Bypass across Gull Lake Narrows in 1970 removed a serious traffic bottleneck on Hwy 11, by completing a four-lane controlled-access bypass around the town. Gravenhurst's first bypass (today's Bethune Drive) was built in 1948-1949 as a two-lane highway. Unfortunately, steps were not taken to limit roadside development along Bethune Drive, so the first bypass quickly became another busy urban street, reducing its effectiveness as a through route for Hwy 11 traffic. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Eastern side of the Gravenhurst Flyover at the Hwy 11 and Hwy 169 North (Bethune Drive) Interchange.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #920 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #921 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Bethune Drive (Hwy 169) comes to an end at the Hwy 11 Interchange in Gravenhurst. Until the late 1990s, Hwy 11 and Hwy 169 shared a concurrent route for 18 km between Gravenhurst and Washago. The overlapped routing along Hwy 11 was discontinued when Hwy 169 was transferred to the County of Simcoe and the District Municipality of Muskoka in 1998. The Gravenhurst Flyover can be seen at left.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 169 from the Hwy 11 Interchange at Gravenhurst. This intersection was reconfigured in 2008 in order to address the problem of the predominant left turn movement from the Gravenhurst Flyover to Muskoka Road South (Muskoka Road 18). During peak holiday seasons, queuing from this left turn lane would occasionally back up across the Gravenhurst Flyover to a location where motorists would not expect to encounter stopped vehicles. By realigning the road to better serve this predominant movement, this problem has essentially been resolved. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2013  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #259 - © Cameron Bevers              HWY 169 #24 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 169 from the Hwy 11 Interchange at Gravenhurst in 2005, before reconstruction. Until recently, Bethune Drive (Hwy 169 North) was the through road at the intersection, while Muskoka Road South (Muskoka Road 18) was a left turn movement. The intersection as it appears here remained more or less unmodified from the time the first Gravenhurst Bypass opened in 1948 until 2008. Click here to see a photo of this junction as it appeared in 1949. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 4, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Old Bala Falls Bridge on Bala Falls Road (Old Hwy 169, previously known as Hwy 69) in Downtown Bala. This steel beam and timber deck structure was built by the Ontario Department of Highways in 1951, replacing a timber Howe through truss structure that was built on the original Gravenhurst-Parry Sound Road. The entire Muskoka Lakes Watershed drains westerly towards Georgian Bay, through a single outlet at Bala. The Moon River, Go Home River and Musquash River all drain the Muskoka Lakes watershed downstream of the outlet at Bala Falls. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 169 #20 - © Cameron Bevers              HWY 169 #21 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Old Bala Falls Bridge on Bala Falls Road (formerly Hwy 69) in Downtown Bala. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 4, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Facing south along Bala Falls Road (formerly Hwy 69) at the Bala Falls Bridge.
(Photograph taken on June 4, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 169 #22 - © Cameron Bevers              HWY 169 #23 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Old Bala Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) Subway on Bala Falls Road. Up until 1965, Hwy 169 (then known as Hwy 69) passed through this narrow one-lane subway in Downtown Bala. With a vertical clearance of less than 10 feet, this tiny railway subway prevented trucks from using Hwy 69 between Gravenhurst and the Hwy 118 Junction at Glen Orchard for decades. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 4, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Facing north along Bala Falls Road (Old Hwy 69) at the Bala Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) Subway. When the Bala Subway was constructed around 1915, the vertical clearance of the subway was deemed to be sufficient for the types of vehicles using the Gravenhurst-Parry Sound Road at that time. However, as highway transportation became more prevalent in the following decades, vehicle heights steadily increased. By the late 1930s, the Bala Subway posed a significant barrier for trucks along the Hwy 69 corridor between Gravenhurst and Parry Sound. Overheight trucks had to follow a long detour through Bracebridge and Port Carling (via today's Hwy 118) in order to bypass the Bala Subway. In the early 1960s, the Department of Highways built a new route for Hwy 69 (later Hwy 169) through Bala, including a new railway subway with an improved vertical clearance.
(Photograph taken on June 4, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 169 #15 - © Cameron Bevers              HWY 169 #16 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - New Bala Falls Bridge on Hwy 169 (previously Hwy 69) in Bala, facing south towards Gravenhurst. This bridge carried a short but very important diversion of Hwy 69 through Bala. Completed in 1965, this diversion bypassed a narrow, low clearance railway subway on Bala's main street, finally opening up Hwy 69 to truck traffic. Previously, overheight trucks had to detour via Hwy 11 and Hwy 118 through Bracebridge and Port Carling in order to bypass the Bala Subway. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - New Bala Falls Bridge on Hwy 169 (previously Hwy 69) in Bala. This single-span steel girder structure was completed in 1965.
(Photograph taken on September 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 169 #17 - © Cameron Bevers              HWY 169 #18 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Structure identification number and date stamp (1965) on the New Bala Falls Bridge on Hwy 169 (previously Hwy 69) in Bala.
(Photograph taken on September 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Facing north along Hwy 169 (previously Hwy 69) at the New Bala Falls Bridge in Bala.
(Photograph taken on September 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 169 #19 - © Cameron Bevers              HWY 169 #11 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Western side of the New Bala Falls Bridge on Hwy 169 (previously Hwy 69) in Bala.
(Photograph taken on September 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Moon River (North Falls) Bridge on Hwy 169 in Bala. Structure completed in 1955.
(Photograph taken on September 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 169 #12 - © Cameron Bevers              HWY 169 #13 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Facing north along Hwy 169 at the Moon River (North Falls) Bridge in Bala.
(Photograph taken on September 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Eastern side of the Moon River (North Falls) Bridge on Hwy 169 in Bala. Up until 1955, Hwy 69 crossed a narrow one-lane steel truss bridge over the Moon River. The one-lane truss bridge at Bala was replaced by a two-lane welded steel plate girder structure in 1955.
(Photograph taken on September 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 169 #14 - © Cameron Bevers              HWY 169 #3 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Facing south along Hwy 169 at the Moon River (North Falls) Bridge in Bala. Until 1965, Hwy 69 (which later became Hwy 169) turned sharply to the left where the truck is situated in the background of this photo. The completion of the diversion through Bala in 1965 substantially improved the alignment of the highway through town.
(Photograph taken on September 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Former Hwy 169 alignment (Medora Lake Road) north of Bala approaching the Medora Creek Bridge. This section of Hwy 169 was bypassed by a new highway many years ago.
(Photograph taken on June 4, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 169 #4 - © Cameron Bevers              HWY 169 #5 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Close-up of the narrow one-lane bridge over Medora Creek on the old Hwy 169 alignment (Medora Lake Road) near Bala.
(Photograph taken on June 4, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Side view of the Medora Creek Bridge on the old Hwy 169 alignment (Medora Lake Road). This narrow bridge was constructed long before the Department of Highways assumed responsibility for the Gravenhurst to MacTier Highway in 1937.
(Photograph taken on June 4, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 169 #1 - © Cameron Bevers              HWY 169 #2 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Abandoned Hwy 169 alignment just east of Foot's Bay.
(Photograph taken on June 4, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Another view of the abandoned Hwy 169 alignment near Foot's Bay.
(Photograph taken on June 4, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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