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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 27 dating from 1927 to 1969. 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 27 Photographs (1927 to 1969)


QEW #103

Above - Cloverleaf interchange construction at QEW & Hwy 27, facing east towards Toronto (1940)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-3 Photo #3262S)

This photograph shows the area around the Hwy 27 (now Hwy 427) and QEW interchange in 1940. The fields in the lower left corner are now the site of the Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre. Evans Avenue can be seen to the right of the QEW, while Queen Street (Queensway) can be seen to the left of the QEW. Also, note the construction crew at centre left and upper left removing the old curved pavement of the former Queen Street-to-Middle Road transfer. See an Enlarged Photo here.





HWY 27 #58

NEW Above - Facing north along Main Street (Hwy 27, later known as Hwy 93) approaching Robert Street in Downtown Penetanguishene in 1941. The Hotel Brule beside the highway at left still operates to this day. Historically, the route of Hwy 27 ended at the Penetanguishene Harbour Wharf at the bottom of the hill in the background. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





HWY 27 #1             HWY 400 #2

Left - Paving operations on Hwy 27, 2 miles south of Kleinburg. Photo taken on July 25, 1949.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1949)

Right - Looking through the new Hwy 27 (Essa Road) underpass on Hwy 400 in Barrie. Photo taken on September 19, 1949.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1949)





QEW #282

Above - Facing west along the Queen Elizabeth Way towards Hamilton from the Hwy 27 Cloverleaf in Toronto (1950). See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1950)





HWY 27 #15

Above - Overpass construction at Burnhamthorpe Road and Hwy 27 in Toronto in 1953. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1953)





HWY 400 #6             HWY 400 #7

Left - Looking north along Hwy 400 approaching Hwy 26 & Hwy 27 in Barrie (1953)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1953)

Right - Aerial view of Hwy 400 and Hwy 26 & Hwy 27 interchange in Barrie (July 9, 1954)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1954)





HWY 401 #4             HWY 401 #1438

Left - Aerial photo showing the western end of the Toronto Bypass (Hwy 401) at the Hwy 27 Interchange in 1954. Hwy 401 ended here for several years in the mid-1950s, before it was extended westerly towards Hwy 25 in Milton. The Richview Sideroad (today's Eglinton Avenue) passes across the right corner of this photo.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1954)

Right - New Mimico Creek arch culvert on the Toronto Bypass (Hwy 401) at the Hwy 27 Interchange (1954)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1954)





QEW #18             HWY 401 #1437

Left - Aerial view of the Queen Elizabeth Way & Hwy 27 Cloverleaf in Toronto in 1954. Note the reconstruction along Hwy 27 North, which eventually converted the two-lane highway into a freeway. This freeway was re-designated as Hwy 427 in 1972.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1954)

Right - Interchange construction at the western end of the Toronto Bypass (Hwy 401) at Hwy 27, facing north from the Richview Sideroad Overpass in 1954. This interesting photo shows the extension of the Toronto Bypass to Hwy 27 in the background and the reconstruction of existing Hwy 27 as a four-lane controlled-access freeway in the foreground. The completion and opening of the Hwy 401 & Hwy 27 Interchange in 1955 allowed long-distance through traffic to travel between Hwy 400 and the Queen Elizabeth Way without passing through a single set of traffic signals. Photo taken on October 7, 1954.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1954)





HWY 27 #14

Above - Aerial view of Hwy 27 facing south from the Hwy 401 Interchange (July 9, 1954)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-2, Photo #550)

This great photograph shows the reconstruction of Hwy 27 as a freeway (today's Hwy 427) as it passes through a rural section of Etobicoke before urban sprawl completely devoured the area. The overpasses over Hwy 27 (from foreground to background) are the Toronto Bypass (Hwy 401, still under construction), Richview Sideroad (today's Eglinton Avenue), Rathburn Road, Burnhamthorpe Road, and Bloor Street. Today's Pearson Airport is located just off the photo to the right, and the massive Hwy 401 & Hwy 427 interchange is now located just to the right of the centre of this photo. See an Enlarged Photo Here.





HWY 27 #61             HWY 27 #63

NEW Left - Aerial view of Hwy 27 in Toronto, facing south towards Dixon Road and the future site of the Toronto Bypass (Hwy 401) in 1953. This photo shows the rural area around the intersection of Hwy 27 & Dixon Road before a cloverleaf was built here in 1956. Compare the 1953 photo above to this 1969 Photo, showing the same section of highway sixteen years later. Photo taken in October, 1953. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Lockwood Survey Corporation)

NEW Right - Aerial view of Albion Road (Hwy 50) at the Hwy 27 Junction in 1954, facing southeast. Compare the 1954 photo above to this 1969 Photo, showing the same intersection amidst the rapidly developing area of Rexdale. Photo taken in September, 1954. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Lockwood Survey Corporation)





HWY 400 #133

Above - Postcard view of the Hwy 400 and Hwy 27 (Essa Road) Interchange in Barrie (ca. 1955)
(Photo courtesy of Alex Wilson Publishing Ltd.)





QEW #210

Above - Queen Elizabeth Way at the Hwy 27 Cloverleaf, facing east towards Toronto (July 12, 1956)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1958)





HWY 401 #1521

Above - Construction progress on the Hwy 27 & Hwy 401 Interchange in Toronto in 1958, facing south along Hwy 27 from the westbound Hwy 401 structure. Note the start of the divided highway in the distance. The extension of Hwy 401 westerly from Toronto towards Milton resulted in numerous retrofits to the Hwy 27 Interchange, including the construction of a left-hand exit ramp from eastbound Hwy 401 to northbound Hwy 27. This ramp was closed permanently during reconstruction of this interchange in 1970. Photo taken in 1958.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1958)





HWY 401 #77             HWY 401 #78

Left - Aerial view of a traffic jam on Hwy 401 in Toronto, facing west towards the Hwy 27 Interchange. Photo taken on June 17, 1959. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-151-5-26, Box B1106, Photo #ES12-712)

Right - Aerial view of a traffic jam on Hwy 401, facing northeast from the Hwy 27 Interchange in Toronto (June 17, 1959)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-151-5-26, Box B1106, Photo #ES12-711)

The bizarre ramp configuration of the Hwy 27 and Hwy 401 Interchange is clearly visible in this photo. The ramp from eastbound Hwy 401 to northbound Hwy 27 was originally a left-hand exit. This ramp also had a direct merge onto northbound Hwy 27 with no acceleration lane, suggesting that this ramp connection was an afterthought conceived very late in the planning phase after the westbound Hwy 401 structure had been built. Beyond the westbound Hwy 401 structure, a direct taper loop ramp exited from northbound Hwy 27 to westbound Hwy 401. This unorthodox interchange existed up until the early 1970s, when the Hwy 27 Interchange was removed in order to accommodate the new freeway connection to Hwy 427. See an Enlarged Photo Here.





HWY 401 #23

Above - Hwy 401 and Hwy 27 Interchange, facing north along Hwy 27 from the Richview Sideroad Overpass (November 12, 1959)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-2-27, Box B983, Photo #1169C)

This photo provides an interesting view of the Hwy 27 Freeway as it approaches the Hwy 401 Interchange in Toronto. Due to the complex exit ramp configuration at this interchange, a large overhead sign structure was placed above the highway to guide traffic. At the time this sign structure was installed in 1958, it was the largest of its kind in the province. See an Enlarged Photo Here.





QEW #98             QEW #43A

Left - Aerial view of the Queen Elizabeth Way & Hwy 27 Cloverleaf in Toronto, looking north along Hwy 27 (June, 1960). See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  RG-14-151-5-26, Photo #ES-13-894)

Right - Aerial view of the Queen Elizabeth Way & Hwy 27 Cloverleaf in Toronto, looking northwest (June, 1960)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  RG-14-151-5-26, Photo #ES-13-892)

This wonderful photo shows the entire area around the Queen Elizabeth Way & Hwy 27 (now Hwy 427) Interchange, including the open farm fields just beyond the cloverleaf. This is where the Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre is located today. A cloverleaf interchange had existed at the intersection of these two highways since 1940. When Hwy 27 was reconstructed and widened to four lanes in the mid-1950s, the ramps of the cloverleaf were completely realigned. The inner loop ramps were enlarged to smooth traffic flow, particularly for the heavily-traveled Toronto-bound Queen Elizabeth Way to Northbound Hwy 27 loop ramp in the foreground. Note the size of this loop ramp compared to those found in the other three interchange quadrants. The increased size of this loop ramp provided a greater distance for traffic to merge on and off the loop ramp from the mainline freeway. Although the retrofits to the interchange in 1954-1955 were a vast improvement over the original 1940 cloverleaf, the interchange still experienced significant congestion at peak times. The cloverleaf interchange at Hwy 27 was completely replaced by the current four-level interchange in the late 1960s. See an Enlarged Photo here.





HWY 90 #5

Above - Postcard view of Dunlop Street in Barrie at the Junction of Hwy 11, Hwy 27 & Hwy 90 (ca. 1965)
(Photo courtesy of Stewart Wholesale Co. Ltd.)





HWY 27 #65             HWY 27 #67

NEW Left - Facing north along Hwy 27 towards Elmvale at the Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway Crossing north of Midhurst in 1967. Until a grade separation was built in the early 1970s, Hwy 27 crossed this railway at-grade. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in April, 1967.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2015)

NEW Right - Approaching the Canadian Pacific Railway Crossing at Hwy 27 north of Midhurst in 1967. A grade separation was built in the foreground a few years after this photo was taken, in order to carry Hwy 27 below the railway. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in April, 1967.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2015)





HWY 27 #68             HWY 27 #66

NEW Left - Facing southwest along the Canadian Pacific Railway from Hwy 27 near Midhurst in 1967, showing the site of the proposed grade separation. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in April, 1967.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2015)

NEW Right - Facing south along Hwy 27 towards Barrie at the Canadian Pacific Railway Crossing near Midhurst in 1967. The section of Hwy 27 visible here was bypassed during the construction of a grade separation in the early 1970s. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in April, 1967.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2015)





HWY 400 #185

Above - Facing north along Hwy 400 across the Hwy 27 (Essa Road) Underpasses in Barrie (August, 1967). When Hwy 400 was widened to six lanes through Barrie in 1972, the highway's grass median was filled in and the Hwy 27 Underpasses were spliced together to form one structure in order to accommodate the extra lanes.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)





HWY 400 #186

Above - Facing north along Hwy 27 (Essa Road) towards the dual Hwy 400 Underpasses in Barrie (August, 1967)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)





HWY 27 #39             HWY 27 #40

Left - Aerial plan of proposed Hwy 27 subway north of Midhurst (1969)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2013)

Right - Aerial plan of proposed Hwy 27 diversion at Simcoe Road 22 (1969)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2013)





QEW #539

Above - Aerial view of the Hwy 27 Interchange on the Queen Elizabeth Way in Toronto in 1969, facing west. This interesting photo shows the new multi-level interchange at Hwy 27 (today's Hwy 427) under construction. The original 1940 overpass and the two south loop ramps of the old Hwy 27 cloverleaf remained in service at the time this photo was taken. Note the preparation of the massive Queen Elizabeth Way diversion along what is now the Queensway. During some stages of the interchange's construction, a temporary relocation of the Queen Elizabeth Way to the north was required. The temporary diversion was built in order to facilitate the removal of the old 1940 overpass and the construction of the new post-tensioned concrete directional flyovers to replace the old cloverleaf loop ramps. Following the completion of the multi-level interchange at Hwy 27, the temporary Queen Elizabeth Way diversion was removed and the Queensway was reopened to local traffic. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in April, 1969.
(Photo courtesy of Lockwood Survey Corporation)





HWY 27 #62             HWY 27 #64

NEW Left - Aerial view of Hwy 27 in Toronto, facing south towards Dixon Road and Hwy 401 in 1969. Compare the 1969 photo above to this 1953 Photo, showing the same section of highway before this part of Etobicoke was urbanized. Note that construction had not yet begun on Hwy 409 parallel to Belfield Road in the foreground. Work got underway on Hwy 409 a few years after this photo was taken. Photo taken in April, 1969. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Lockwood Survey Corporation)

NEW Right - Aerial view of Albion Road (Hwy 50) at the Hwy 27 Junction in 1969, facing southeast. Compare the 1969 photo above to this 1954 Photo, showing the same intersection fifteen years earlier before urban development began to take hold. Photo taken in April, 1969. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Lockwood Survey Corporation)




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