A Quest Finally Accomplished:
For as long as I can remember, I have stared at Ontario road maps wondering what was at the
end of Hwy 599. This highway is Ontario's northernmost provincial highway, extending nearly
300 kilometres from Ignace to the old gold mining towns of Central Patricia and Pickle Lake.
Ever since I was a kid, I have wanted to drive to the end of Hwy 599. I vowed that I would
do it as soon as a got my driver's license at the age of 16. Unfortunately, reality set in
after I got my license. First of all, I didn't own a car, nor did I have the money to make
the 1,700 kilometre trip (each way) to Ignace just to get to the beginning of Hwy 599. When
I finished university in 1995, I began exploring Northern Ontario. I have made a tradition
of venturing to Northern Ontario every August. Each year, I ventured a little further north.
In 2001, I finally made it to Ignace for the first time. However, poor weather and a lack of
time forced me to postpone my trip to the end of Hwy 599. On my next visit to the Ignace area
in 2003, I made it a priority to drive Hwy 599 from end-to-end. On August 24, 2003, I finally
drove past the "Hwy 599 Ends" sign shown here, ending a 20-year desire to see what was at the
end of Hwy 599.
I finally did it!!