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This page contains historical and present day photos of Ontario's King's Highway 11B (Gravenhurst Business Route). 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 south to north. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Historical King's Highway 11B (Gravenhurst) Photographs


HWY 69 #32

Above - New junction of Hwy 11 & Hwy 69 south of Gravenhurst (June 9, 1949)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-5-121, Photo #327)

This photo shows the new junction of Hwy 11 (later Hwy 11B) and Hwy 69 on the first Gravenhurst Bypass, which opened in 1948. The original junction of these two highways was located in downtown Gravenhurst. This intersection can still be found today just north of the current Hwy 11 interchange, adjacent to the Gravenhurst McDonald's restaurant. Compare this historic photo to the present day photo below.





HWY 11 #933

Above - Postcard view of the Welcome Arch on Hwy 11B & Hwy 69 (later Hwy 169) in Gravenhurst (ca. 1955). See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Henry Fry)


Present Day King's Highway 11B (Gravenhurst) Photographs


HWY 11 #259 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Facing north along Hwy 169 from the Hwy 11 Interchange at Gravenhurst in 2005, before reconstruction. Until recently, Bethune Drive (Hwy 169 North) was the through road at the intersection, while Muskoka Road South (Muskoka Road 18) was a left turn movement. The intersection as it appears here remained more or less unmodified from the time the first Gravenhurst Bypass opened in 1948 until 2008. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 4, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #213 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #205 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Old Hwy 11 (Bethune Drive) towards the Hwy 11 Interchange at the south entrance to Gravenhurst. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Bethune Drive (Old Hwy 11) in Gravenhurst. Bethune Drive was actually the first Gravenhurst Bypass, which was built in 1948-1949. The diversion allowed through traffic to bypass Downtown Gravenhurst and eliminated two at-grade railway crossings on the original highway route. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #212 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #215 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The first Gravenhurst Bypass (Bethune Drive) was designated as a Controlled-Access Highway (CAH) in 1951, shortly after completion. Although it wasn't a freeway by any means, there are clues that access to the first Gravenhurst Bypass was once very limited. A service road was constructed along parts of the route to restrict the number of access points onto the new highway. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along Bethune Drive (Old Hwy 11) approaching Pinedale Drive in Gravenhurst. The service road (Kelly Drive) can be seen at left. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #214 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #210 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along the first Gravenhurst Bypass (Bethune Drive) near Phillip Street. Although Bethune Drive hasn't been the route of Hwy 11 in several decades, the wide right-of-way and road cross section is unmistakably a former King's Highway. Gravenhurst was the first major town along Hwy 11 to be bypassed. In the decade following the completion of the first Gravenhurst Bypass in 1948-1949, virtually every major town between Barrie and North Bay was bypassed. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Approaching Brock Street (Hwy 169) on northbound Bethune Drive. Up until 1998, Hwy 169 turned left at this intersection and passed through Downtown Gravenhurst. The former route of Hwy 11 continues straight ahead. The routes of Hwy 11 and Hwy 169 through the Town of Gravenhurst have not been under provincial jurisdiction in many decades. Both routes through town were non-assumed sections of the King's Highway. In 1998, the provincially-owned sections of the route of King's Highway 169 between Gravenhurst and Foot's Bay were turned over to the District of Muskoka. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #209 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #211A - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Bethune Drive (Old Hwy 11) approaching Brock Street. A long left turn lane was built at this intersection for traffic wishing to access Hwy 169 (Brock Street). In the summer months, Hwy 169 carries heavy cottage country traffic volumes through Gravenhurst, particularly on Friday evenings when most traffic is heading north. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Junction of Old Hwy 11 (Bethune Drive) and Brock Street (Hwy 169) in Gravenhurst, facing north. The northbound left-turn onto Hwy 169 operates as a fully-protected movement, with left turns permitted only when green arrows are displayed on the two left-most traffic signal heads. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #208 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #206 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Junction assembly at Bethune Drive (Old Hwy 11) and Brock Street (Hwy 169) in Gravenhurst. The route of Hwy 11 is trailblazed along both directions of Bethune Drive. Traffic wishing to access Hwy 11 South can actually use either of the two Gravenhurst Interchanges. However, traffic bound for Hwy 11 North must turn left here and use the North Gravenhurst Interchange. There is no access ramp to Hwy 11 North at the South Gravenhurst Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Approaching Brock Street (Hwy 169) on Bethune Drive, facing south. Up until 1998, Hwy 169 joined Bethune Drive at this intersection and headed south out of Gravenhurst concurrently with Hwy 11. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #562 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #558 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The right turn from southbound Bethune Drive (Old Hwy 11) to Brock Street (Hwy 169) is a fully-protected right-turn movement. Presumably, this signal phasing is in place because of the at-grade railway crossing immediately adjacent to this intersection. It is very unusual to see a fully-protected traffic movement at a traffic signal in Ontario guided by a single traffic signal head, as is the case here. For that matter, it is unusual to see cable-mounted "span-wire" signals in this province, unless the traffic signals are a temporary installation. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Junction assembly at Bethune Drive and Brock Street in Gravenhurst, facing south. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #559 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #560 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along the first Gravenhurst Bypass (Bethune Drive) from Brock Street. Even though this former section of Hwy 11 hasn't been a King's Highway since the early 1970s, it still looks like a highway today. Once a cross section for a road has been established, it is very difficult to change the road's "body language" after it has been constructed. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along the first Gravenhurst Bypass from Winewood Avenue in Gravenhurst. This first Gravenhurst Bypass was the route of Hwy 11 from 1948 until the completion of the current (second) Gravenhurst Bypass in 1970. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #557 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #561 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Junction of the original 1937 route of Hwy 11 (Winewood Avenue) and the first (1948) Gravenhurst Bypass. Prior to 1948, the original route of Hwy 11 continued straight ahead (centre of photo) onto Ferguson Road. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Old Hwy 11 (Bethune Drive) at Winewood Avenue. The old route of Hwy 11 through Gravenhurst via Muskoka Road and Winewood Avenue was decommissioned in the 1940s, in anticipation of the construction of a new bypass around the eastern side of Downtown Gravenhurst. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #207 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #167 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Winewood Avenue from the first Gravenhurst Bypass (Bethune Drive). When Hwy 11 was first assumed through the District of Muskoka in 1937, the highway's route entered Gravenhurst from the north along Winewood Avenue and then turned south towards Downtown Gravenhurst along Muskoka Road. This route was bypassed in 1948 by the first Gravenhurst Bypass (Bethune Drive) which diverted traffic away from two at-grade railway crossings on the former highway's route, as well as the town centre. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The right turn from the first Gravenhurst Bypass (Bethune Drive) onto Winewood Avenue is channelized. Note the original 1937 alignment of Hwy 11 (Ferguson Road) straight ahead beside the car dealership lot. The revised 1948 alignment curves in from the left. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #172 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Date stamp (1958) on the luminaire at the junction of the first Gravenhurst Bypass (Bethune Drive) and Winewood Avenue. Many of Ontario's King's Highway junctions were illuminated in the 1950s in an effort to increase traffic safety. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #173 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #174 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along the first Gravenhurst Bypass (Bethune Drive) approaching Winewood Avenue. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Ferguson Road was the original route for Hwy 11, but it was bypassed by a new highway alignment almost 70 years ago. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #175 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Facing north along the first Gravenhurst Bypass (Bethune Drive) from Winewood Avenue (Old Hwy 11B). Note the distance guide sign at right, indicating the distance to Bracebridge and North Bay. This was likely a "legacy" distance sign, left over from the days when this road was owned by the Department of Highways of Ontario (DHO). Although the sign itself is not original (it was replaced and updated to Metric distances), the location of the signpost is typical for a DHO installation, just downstream from a King's Highway junction. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 11, 2015  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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