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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 17 dating from 1960 to 1999. 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 3: Historical King's Highway 17 Photographs (1960 to 1999)


HWY 17 #63             HWY 17 #195

Left - Postcard showing the massive Little Pic River Bridge on Hwy 17 near Marathon (ca. 1960). See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of H.R. Oakman)

Right - Postcard of the Great River Road Monument at Longbow Corners at the Junction of Hwy 17 & Hwy 71 near Kenora (ca. 1960)
(Photo courtesy of Alex Wilson Publications Ltd.)





HWY 17 #580             HWY 17 #581

Left - Postcard view of the Keewatin Channel Bridge on Hwy 17 west of Kenora (ca. 1960)
(Photo courtesy of Western Smallware & Stationery Co.)

Right - Autumn view of Duchesnay Falls on the Hwy 17 Bypass west of North Bay (1960)
(Photo courtesy of William Forder)





HWY 17 #1038

Above - Postcard view of Cumberland Street (Hwy 11 & Hwy 17) in Downtown Port Arthur in 1960, facing north towards the Hwy 11A & Hwy 17A Junction. This wonderful photo shows a busy downtown street scene at Cumberland Street and Arthur Street (today's Red River Road). Prior to the construction of the Lakehead Expressway (today's Thunder Bay Expressway) in the late 1960s, all east-west through traffic had to pass through Port Arthur on either Hwy 11 & Hwy 17 or the signed alternate route via Hwy 11A & Hwy 17A. This 1960 photo was taken shortly after the Hwy 11 designation was extended westerly from the route's former terminus at Nipigon. Note the newly-installed dual Hwy 11 & Hwy 17 route markers on the green pole at left. It is also interesting to note that The Camera Shop, whose staff photographers captured some of the most important highway construction achievements in Northwestern Ontario's history, is located across the street behind the red city bus. From the 1930s up until about 1960, The Camera Shop published hundreds of photographs of Northwestern Ontario's highways as souvenir postcards for tourists, some of which are featured on my website. Today, these souvenir postcards offer historians a unique historical perspective into the development of the area's highway network. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Alex Wilson Publications Ltd.)





HWY 17 #1002             HWY 17 #1005

Left - Motorists enjoying the view of Lake Superior from Selim Hill on Hwy 17 near Schreiber in 1960. The completion of Hwy 17 around Lake Superior in September, 1960 opened up this beautiful region of Ontario to tourism. Prior to that time, this vast area was essentially known only to local residents. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Dan Gibson)

Right - Circa 1960 postcard view of the directional sign for Fort William at Hwy 17 and King Street at the entrance to Dryden. The Lakehead Cities of Port Arthur and Fort William, along with the former municipalities of Neebing and McIntyre were amalgamated into the new City of Thunder Bay in 1970. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Alex Wilson Publishing, Dryden)





HWY 17 #974             HWY 17 #973             HWY 17 #972

Left - Paving operations on Hwy 17 through Lake Superior Provincial Park (1960)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1960)

Centre - View of the Montreal River from Hwy 17 north of Sault Ste. Marie (1960)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1960)

Right - West White River Bridge on Hwy 17 near White River (1960)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1960)





HWY 17 #352             HWY 17 #941

Left - Aerial view of the Michipicoten River Bridge on Hwy 17 south of Wawa. This photograph was taken only a few days after the highway was opened to traffic in September 1960. The completion of the Trans-Canada Highway at Wawa marked the end of one of the largest highway construction projects in Ontario's history. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1960)

Right - Motorists standing beside a Hwy 17 and Lake Superior Route Trans-Canada Highway route marker sign near Marathon (ca. 1960)
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





HWY 17 #212             HWY 17 #211

Left - North Bay Bypass (Hwy 17) approaching Duchesnay Creek, facing east towards North Bay (July 2, 1960)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-5-166, Photo #453)

Right - Newly-completed Cobden Railway Overhead on Hwy 17 between Pembroke and Cobden (June 14, 1961)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-5-166, Photo #1381-6)





HWY 17 #971             HWY 17 #970

Left - Facing south along Hwy 17 towards Cigar Lake, between Marathon and White River (1961)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1961)

Right - New rock cut on Hwy 17 at Kama Hill, facing north towards Nipigon (1961)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1961)





HWY 17 #638             HWY 17 #640

Left - Newly-completed section of Hwy 17 approaching Agawa Bay, north of Sault Ste. Marie (1961)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1961)

Right - Rock drilling operations to widen a rock cut on Hwy 17 near Cobden (1961)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1961)





HWY 17 #637

Above - Paving operations on Hwy 17 west of Deep River (1961)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1961)





HWY 17 #976

Above - Postcard view of the new Cavers Hill Rock Cut on Hwy 17, between Nipigon and Rossport in 1961. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Dan Gibson)





HWY 17 #639

Above - Completed Cavers Hill Rock Cut on Hwy 17 north of Rossport (1961)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1961)





HWY 17 #927             HWY 17 #198

Left - Aerial postcard view of the new Kama Hill Rock Cut on Hwy 17 near Nipigon (ca. 1965). See an Enlarged Photo Here.

Right - Aerial postcard view of the Winnipeg River Bridge on Hwy 17 in Kenora (ca. 1965). See an Enlarged Photo Here.





HWY 17 #57

Above - Postcard view of the Cavers Hill Rock Cut, facing south towards Rossport (ca. 1965)





HWY 17 #333

Above - Placing a steel girder on the new Cameron Bay Bridge in 1970. The old timber through truss bridge at left was constructed in 1938. The old structure was demolished when the new bridge was completed in 1971.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1970)





HWY 17 #25

Above - Rock cut at Cavers Hill, facing south towards Pays Plat Bay (1978)
(Photo Courtesy of Walter Muma - © 1978)




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