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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's Queen Elizabeth Way dating from 1932 to 1939. Please note that until 1939, the Toronto to Burlington section of the Queen Elizabeth Way was called the "Middle Road", and the Burlington to Niagara Falls section of the Queen Elizabeth Way was known as the "New Niagara Falls Highway". 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 Queen Elizabeth Way Photographs (1932 to 1939)


QEW #82             QEW #83

Left - New Etobicoke Creek Bridge on the Middle Road (later Queen Elizabeth Way) west of Toronto in 1932. The completion of this bridge allowed traffic to make use of the new four-lane Middle Road between Queen Street in Toronto and Hwy 10 north of Port Credit. The road remained gravel-surfaced for a number of years, before being paved in 1936.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1932)

Right - Graded four-lane section of the Middle Road east of the Credit River Bridge near Hwy 10 in 1933.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1933)





QEW #84

Above - Graded Middle Road showing sodded earth cut east of the Credit River Bridge in 1933.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1933)





QEW #86             QEW #87

Left - Construction of the new Middle Road Bridge at Oakville, looking east towards Toronto. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on September 15, 1936.
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-2-27, Box B983, Photo #447S)

Right - Construction of the Bronte Bridge on the new Middle Road, looking north-west. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on October 21, 1936.
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-2-27, Box B983, Photo #505S)





QEW #8

Above - Aerial view of the Burlington Canadian National (CN) Railway Subway near Freeman. This structure was built in 1936 over the Middle Road. The structure still stands on a section of the former Middle Road (now Plains Road) near the Mapleview Shopping Centre in Burlington. This part of Plains Road used to be a part of the Queen Elizabeth Way until 1958, when a new diversion to the Burlington Skyway was opened.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1936)





QEW #1             QEW #2

Left - Construction of the Middle Road near Oakville in early 1936. Note the grading for the new dual roadway beside the existing road.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1936)

Right - Grading of the dual roadways of the new Middle Road near Oakville in 1936. Note that the trees were left in place in the highway median.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1936)





QEW #4

Above - The spectacular Bronte Bridge on the Middle Road, photographed shortly after it was completed in 1936. Note the original Middle Road truss bridge in the foreground. Photograph taken on January 15, 1937.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1937)





QEW #7

Above - The Port Credit Cloverleaf at Hwy 10 and Middle Road in 1937. This nighttime photo shows the new high-pressure sodium lighting at Canada's first grade-separated cloverleaf interchange.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1937)





QEW #3

Above - Middle Road & New Niagara Falls Highway Junction near Burlington. This aerial photo shows the original trumpet junction in 1937, the site of which can now be found at Plains Road and the QEW near the Mapleview Shopping Centre. The interchange was built in 1936 and opened to traffic in 1937. In the late 1950s, the present site of the Freeman Interchange at Hwy 403 and the QEW was established, at the extreme upper left corner of this photo. The present day Burlington IKEA store is located where the farm is in the bottom left corner. The Mapleview Shopping Centre is located in the upper right corner of this photo. Note the low traffic levels on the highway.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1937)





QEW #5             QEW #6

Left - Nighttime photograph of the completed Middle Road in 1937, showing the new High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) lighting system.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1937)

Right - New Niagara Falls Highway (now Queen Elizabeth Way) looking east towards Burlington Beach from the Middle Road Junction (1937)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1937)





QEW #11             QEW #12

Left - Underpass for school children under Middle Road near Hwy 10 at Port Credit (1937)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1937)

This pedestrian underpass is still there today (just east of Hwy 10) and can be seen here in this 2003 Photo.

Right - Middle Road looking east towards Toronto, just west of Clarkson Side Road (1937)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1937)





QEW #14             QEW #13

Left - Grading & overpass construction at Grimsby on New Niagara Falls Highway (1937)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1937)

Right - The Port Credit Cloverleaf after completion in 1937 at Middle Road and Hwy 10
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1937)





QEW #97             QEW #100

Left - Divided portion of Middle Road near Port Credit, showing trees in boulevard (August 3, 1937)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-2, Box B983, Photo #1250S)

Right - Middle Road facing west towards Etobicoke Creek from Brown's Line (August 13, 1937)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-2, Box B983, Photo #1281S)





QEW #88

Above - Four lane highway with boulevard, looking east from Brown's Line (August 13, 1937)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-2-27, Box B983, Photo #1279S)

This photo shows the general area of the Middle Road (later QEW) near the end of Queen Street in Etobicoke Township. The gravel road intersecting the Middle Road in the foreground is Hwy 27 and the house in the background is the present-day location of the Queensway/East Mall intersection.





QEW #99

Above - Facing east towards Etobicoke Creek on Middle Road, east of Dixie Road (September 10, 1937)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-2, Box B983, Photo #1411S)

This photo shows the last undivided portion of the Middle Road east of Port Credit, before the median was added. The Middle Road was originally designed as a four lane undivided highway, but it was later decided that a centre median should be added to separate the traffic flow in order to improve highway safety. All new portions of the Middle Road built in 1936 or later were designed with a median, but those sections that were built between 1931 and 1935 had the median added after the road was completed and opened to traffic.





QEW #9             QEW #10

Left - Facing east along the Middle Road towards Oakville from the Bronte Bridge (1937)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1937)

Right - Approaching the Port Credit Cloverleaf at Hwy 10 and the Middle Road. Photo taken on August 22, 1938.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1938)





QEW #21             QEW #22

Left - New dual highway overpasses on New Niagara Falls Highway at 16-Mile Creek (1938)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1938)

Right - Looking east along graded New Niagara Falls Highway at Jordan Harbour (1938)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1938)





QEW #19             QEW #20             QEW #28

Left - Highway lighting on Middle Road at night just east of Oakville (1938)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1938)

Centre - Crew replacing light bulbs on Middle Road lighting system (1938)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1938)

Right - Ornamental stonework on completed Henley Course Bridge (1939)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1939)





QEW #23             QEW #24             QEW #29

Left - Henley Course Bridge under construction in 1938, looking east from west bank
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1938)

Centre - New Church Street Overpass (Royal York Road) in Etobicoke (1938)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1938)

Right - Plan for Queen Elizabeth Way interchange at Niagara St. in St. Catharines (1939)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1939)





QEW #25

Above - Their Majesties King George VI & Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother) in the Royal Motorcade at the Queen Elizabeth Way Dedication Ceremonies in St. Catharines (June 7, 1939)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1939)





QEW #26             QEW #27

Left - Queen Elizabeth Way Dedication Ceremonies in St. Catharines (June 7, 1939)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1939)

Right - Queen Elizabeth Way Dedication Ceremonies in St. Catharines (June 7, 1939)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1939)




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