Ontario Roads - TCH 17

Trans-Canada Highway 17


Leaving the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie with too many signs in too little of a space and heading east on former Highway 17B to Highway 17. 17B was a curious road. You could follow it down Great Northern Rd. and Pim St., turn left on Wellington St., and come right back out to Highway 17. Or you could turn right on Wellington from Pim St., head over to the International Bridge, come back via Bay St. EB (as part of a one-way pair), and then head back down Wellington to 17. So basically there were three legs, and the downtown leg was a loop of one-way streets. No wonder it died.

Misuse of a King's Highway trailblazer to point onto the bridge.


Continuing EB, there's still a Highway 17B close by, in French Bay.


Passing secondary highways and heading out to the Spanish River. Most of the secondary highways (in the 500s and 600s) are north and west of Toronto, and there are even a few tertiary highways (numbered in the 800s). Since they're all provincially maintained, I don't see why the tertiary highways can't be numbered in the high 600s as secondaries. I'm not a fan of one-piece signs, but they're growing in use in Ontario.


Greater Grand Sudbury Road 4 NB and SB at Highway 17 in Denlou. Greater Grand Sudbury is a city created by merging together the pieces of the former Regional Municipality of Sudbury. Since Regional Municipality could not have fit at the top of the shield, I presume at least one of those words was present and then pasted over, or maybe R.M. as an abbreviation (which other regions with long names are known to do).


Pardon the blur, but the snow set in as the sun rose. That happens in early January in northern Ontario quite a bit. Trailblazers are white on green as seen here (to/vers Highway 69 Sud/South in 14 km), while shields are black on white. Why is "to" before "vers" but "sud" before "south"? It's very rare for the French to come first in any bilingual province.

Storyland Rd., Renfrew CR 4, SB. Notice the old font on the left.

EB past Highway 41.


WB on what may not be Highway 17 very much longer, at what is no longer Highway 15 east of Arnprior. This piece was left stranded when Highway 417 was extended, but for whatever reason it wasn't decommissioned (Canadians prefer the term "downloaded") right away. Ontario wouldn't think of connecting it along former 15 back to 417, because that would mean reassuming maintenance of the small bit of 15 (under a kilometer). (I wanted to type "kilometre," but then I'd have to hunt down words like "colour.") That leaves Highway 17 as bizarrely ending by a sign that tells you how to continue on it.


EB on that disconnected segment of Highway 17, crossing Canada's Mississippi River. I know it's Canada after all, but you guys could have chosen a less famous name to copy, eh? Highway 17 ends at a sharp left onto Grants Side Rd., because that's where the old highway continued straight on what has now been taken over by Highway 417. (Actually, the original alignment turned on Kinburn Side Rd. and made its way onto what is now Donald B. Munro Drive, but that part was decommissioned long ago when 417 first made it out to Antrim.)

Old Highway 17:
~ In western Ottawa
~ Ottawa Road 34/Wellington St.
~ Prescott and Russell County Road 17
~ Prescott and Russell County Road 4


Into the USA (Michigan) on I-75
To Highway 69
Onto the replacement, Highway 417
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