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This page contains historical and present day photos of Ontario's King's Highway 66. 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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Historical King's Highway 66 Photographs


HWY 66 #26

NEW Above - Facing east along a revised alignment on Hwy 66 just west of Swastika in 1956. Note the old narrow highway at left.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1956)





HWY 66 #22

Above - Postcard view of Hwy 66 (Government Road) in Downtown Kirkland Lake (ca. 1958)
(Photograph courtesy of Canadian Postcard Co.)





HWY 66 #25

NEW Above - New Amikougami Creek Bridge on Hwy 66 between Kirkland Lake and Swastika (1958)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1958)





HWY 66 #24

NEW Above - Heavy grading on a revised alignment of Hwy 66 at Gull Lake west of King Kirkland in 1959. Note the car parked on the narrow, original highway at right. Prior to reconstruction, the section of Hwy 66 in the Kirkland Lake area was among the most deficient sections of King's Highways in the province, with narrow lanes, steep grades and very poor alignment. Photo taken in 1959.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1959)





HWY 66 #23

NEW Above - New Blanche River Bridge and Control Dam on Hwy 66 in Swastika (1973)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1973)


Present Day King's Highway 66 Photographs


HWY 66 #6 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #7 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Western terminus of Hwy 66 at the Montreal River Bridge in Matachewan. The road which continues beyond the bridge is Hwy 566. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Montreal River Bridge on Hwy 66 in Matachewan. This interesting seven-span timber beam structure was completed in 1936. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #8 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #9 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Timber deck of the Montreal River Bridge on Hwy 66 in Matachewan. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east across the Montreal River Bridge on Hwy 66. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #10 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #11 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Close-up of the timber handrails and trestle bents supporting the Montreal River Bridge on Hwy 66. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Southern side of the Montreal River Bridge on Hwy 66. The timber bents in the middle of the river were encased with planks so that floating logs and other debris would not snag the bents during spring run-off. In more recent years, steel pilings were placed in the river immediately upstream of the bents in order to further protect them from damage. Unfortunately, this interesting timber structure was demolished in 2007 and replaced with a new steel girder structure. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #12 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #14 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Hwy 66 in Matachewan towards the Montreal River Bridge. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Sign marking the end of Hwy 566 and the beginning of Hwy 66. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #13 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - The sign which marks the end of Hwy 66 incorrectly identifies the route as a Secondary Highway. The sign on the right should be a King's Highway route marker. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #15 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #16 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west towards Matachewan on Hwy 66 from the Hwy 65 Junction. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Junction assembly at Hwy 65 and Hwy 66 east of Matachewan. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #17 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #18 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Hwy 66 towards the Hwy 65 Junction near Matachewan. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Western terminus of Hwy 65 at Hwy 66 near Matachewan. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #19 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #20 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - King's highway route markers at the Hwy 65 and Hwy 66 Junction near Matachewan. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east towards Kirkland Lake from the Hwy 65 Junction. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #21 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #3 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Hwy 66 towards Middleton Lake, about 6 km east of the Hwy 65 Junction near Matachewan. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - A rather pronounced superelevated curve on Hwy 66 between the Hwy 65 Junction and Kenogami Lake. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #4 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #5 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - This section of Hwy 66 west of Kenogami Lake has a successive pair or sharp reverse curves. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - This pair of short reverse curves gives Hwy 66's horizontal alignment a very peculiar appearance from this vantage point. In terms of road geometry, Hwy 66 from Kenogami Lake to Matachewan is one of Ontario's most interesting highways. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #2 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #838 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Hwy 66 towards the Englehart River, about 18 km west of the Hwy 11 Junction at Kenogami Lake. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Junction signs at the Hwy 11 and Hwy 66 Junction at Kenogami Lake. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #839 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #840 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 11 towards Matheson from the Hwy 66 Junction at Kenogami Lake. Up until the late 1970s, Hwy 11 & Hwy 66 shared a common route for 500 metres. Originally, the turn-off for Hwy 66 to Kirkland Lake was located at the bottom of this hill. The offset junction between the east and west legs of Hwy 66 was eliminated during a highway construction project in 1979, after which time the overlapped route of Hwy 11 & Hwy 66 was discontinued. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 66 towards Kirkland Lake from the Hwy 11 Junction. Originally, the east leg of Hwy 66 intersected with Hwy 11 just north of the west leg of Hwy 66 at an offset junction. The two offset intersections were consolidated into a single junction during a highway realignment project which took place here in 1979. Since 2004, the route of Hwy 66 from Kenogami Lake to the Ontario-Quebec Boundary has been signed as a Trans-Canada Highway route. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #837 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #841 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Advance guide sign on westbound Hwy 66 approaching the Hwy 11 Junction at Kenogami Lake. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Approaching the Hwy 11 Junction on Hwy 66, facing west. The route of Hwy 66 continues west beyond the Hwy 11 Junction towards Matachewan. Up until the late 1970s, there were actually two junctions of Hwy 11 and Hwy 66, offset by approximately 500 metres. As a result, there was once a short overlapped route between Hwy 11 & Hwy 66. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #40 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #41 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Facing west along Hwy 66 at the Swastika Ontario Northland Railway (ONR) Subway. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Western side of the Swastika ONR Subway. The Blanche River also crosses under Hwy 66 at this point. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #43 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #42 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Northern side of the Blanche River Bridge on Hwy 66 in Swastika. The Blanche River passes underneath Hwy 66 at the same point that the highway passes underneath the ONR Subway. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Structure identification number and date stamp (1972) on the Blanche River Bridge on Hwy 66. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #44 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #38 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Southern side of the Blanche River Bridge on Hwy 66 in Swastika. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Abandoned alignment of Hwy 66 east of Swastika. Almost 1 km of the original route of Hwy 66 was bypassed during a highway improvement project which took place here in 1956. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #39 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #47 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - An abandoned alignment of Hwy 66 slips off into the forest east of Swastika. The current highway is visible at right. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Facing west along Government Road (Hwy 66) at Woods Street in Kirkland Lake. The main street of Kirkland Lake still has a very 1930s feel to it, with numerous vintage buildings from the gold rush era. The LaSalle Theatre, with its vintage marquis sign and Art Deco building facade is one of the main street's most prominent buildings. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #46 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #48 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Facing west along Government Road (Hwy 66) between Woods Street and Kirkland Street in Kirkland Lake. The main street of Kirkland Lake seems longer than it actually is, due to the curvilinear street alignment through the downtown area. Unlike many of Ontario's towns which have arrow-straight main streets, Kirkland Lake's main street meanders around considerably. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Government Road (Hwy 66) facing east towards Kirkland Street. This early Sunday morning view of Hwy 66 through Kirkland Lake is deceiving - the town centre is normally quite busy. Unlike many Ontario towns which have newer shopping districts on the town's outskirts, Kirkland Lake's main shopping district has remained fairly centralized in the town's core. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #45 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #31 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Facing east along Government Road (Hwy 66) at Lebel Avenue in Kirkland Lake. Compare this photo to the circa 1958 Photo above, taken from roughly the same location. Note the now-defunct Eaton's Department Store at left. Eaton's was once a major Canadian retailer, with locations all over the country. The company ceased operations in 1999 after 130 years in business. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Facing east along Hwy 66 at the Misema River Bridge between Kirkland Lake and Larder Lake. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #27 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #28 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Southern side of the Misema River Bridge on Hwy 66, located 4 km west of Larder Lake. Completed in 1950, this concrete structure replaced an earlier timber bridge located immediately to the south of the current highway. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - A section of old asphalt pavement still exists on the approach to the old Misema River Bridge site east of Kirkland Lake. Considering that this pavement was constructed in 1944, it has survived remarkably well. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #29 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #30 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Northern side of the Misema River Bridge on Hwy 66. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Traces of rock pile cribs of the original Misema River Bridge are still visible on the southern side of Hwy 66. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #32 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #1 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - The Misema River Bridge on Hwy 66 is a three-span concrete rigid frame structure. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Eastern terminus of Hwy 66 at the Ontario-Quebec Boundary. The highway continues east towards Rouyn-Noranda as Quebec's Hwy 117. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #37 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #34 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - King's Highway 66 route marker, indicating the eastern terminus of the highway at the Ontario-Quebec Boundary east of Kirkland Lake. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Quebec Hwy 117 route marker indicating the northern terminus of the highway at the Ontario-Quebec Boundary. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #36 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 66 #33 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Facing west towards Kirkland Lake from the eastern terminus of Hwy 66 at the Ontario-Quebec Boundary. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Northern terminus of Quebec's Hwy 117 at the Ontario-Quebec Boundary. This is one of four provincial highway connections between the two provinces in Northeastern Ontario. The other three routes are Hwy 63 at Temiscaming, Hwy 65 between New Liskeard and Notre-Dame-du-Nord and Hwy 101 east of Matheson. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 66 #35 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Above - Facing east along Quebec's Hwy 117 from the Ontario-Quebec Boundary. Hwy 117 continues east for about 40 km to Rouyn-Noranda, despite being signed with "north-south" cardinal directions. After connecting with several other communities in northwestern Quebec, Hwy 117 ultimately heads south to Montreal. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 27, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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