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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 8 dating from 1920 to 1959. 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 8 Photographs (1920-1959)


HWY 8A #1

Above - Postcard view of the Hwy 8 and Hwy 8A junction in St. David's near Niagara Falls (Photograph taken ca. 1925)





HWY 8 #90

Above - Hwy 8 facing east towards 20 Mile Creek at Jordan (Photograph taken on October 8, 1935)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-5-119, Photo #8)





HWY 8 #1

Above - New Hwy 8 Bridge at 20 Mile Creek in 1937. Structure completed in 1936.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1937)





HWY 20 #63

Above - Circa 1937 photo of the distance sign at the exit from the old Honeymoon Bridge in Niagara Falls. This sign directed traffic to Hwy 8 and Hwy 20, which were the two main highway routes leaving Niagara Falls at that time. The completion of the Queen Elizabeth Way to Niagara Falls in 1940 greatly improved highway access to the rest of Ontario from the Niagara Peninsula. The distance sign seen here was removed after the ill-fated Honeymoon Bridge collapsed in 1938, when a winter ice jam on the Niagara River undermined the structure. The replacement Rainbow Bridge was completed a short distance downstream in 1941. Note the newly-completed Oakes Garden Theatre in the background, which still stands today at the corner of River Road and Clifton Hill. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





HWY 8 #78

Above - A scenic section of Hwy 8 near Beamsville in 1953. Note how small the Hwy 8 sign pole is on the right side of the highway.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1953)





HWY 20 #68

Above - Circa 1957 view of Clifton Hill (Hwy 3A & Hwy 20), facing east at Falls Avenue in Niagara Falls. Note the triple King's Highway route marker sign assembly for Hwy 20, Hwy 3A & Hwy 8 on the traffic signal pole and the large guide sign marking the route to the Rainbow Bridge. The oversized yellow traffic signal back plate also bears an interesting but simple message to motorists - "DRIVE SAFELY". Photo taken circa 1957. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





HWY 8 #25

Above - Hwy 8 between Kitchener and Preston, facing west (Photograph taken on August 16, 1957)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-151-18, Box B1104, Photo #576)

This photo shows the divided section of Hwy 8 near Sportsworld Drive prior to the urbanization of this part of Kitchener. The future site of the Pioneer Sportsworld recreation area is located to the right of the highway while the former Lulu's Roadhouse site is located to the left. The divided highway was built in the late 1930s and still exhibits most of its original design characteristics in this 1957 photo. Note the trees in the highway median. The original cross section of this highway was substantially altered during reconstruction in the 1960s and 1970s, so the road looks quite different today.




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