Ontario's Historical Plaques 

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The Trans-Canada Highway

The Trans-Canada Highway

Photo by contributor Michael Kelly - Posted March, 2006

The Trans-Canada Highway

Photo by contributor George Sawyn - Posted July, 2007

The Trans-Canada Highway

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted June, 2017

Plaque Location

The District of Algoma
On Highway 17, at the south end of the bridge over the
Chippewa River, about 53 km north of Sault Ste. Marie

Coordinates: N 46 55.695 W 84 25.555


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Plaque Text

This plaque stands approximately at the halfway point of the Trans-Canada Highway, which runs from St. John's, Newfoundland, to Victoria, British Columbia. The highway's construction, in conjunction with the provinces, was authorized by the federal parliament in 1949. The official opening for through traffic of this 7,820 km route, of which about 2,338 km are within Ontario, took place on September 3, 1962. However, with the completion of a section of Highway 11 between Longlac and Hearst in 1944, it had been possible previously to cross Ontario from Quebec to Manitoba. The opening of the Trans-Canada Highway provided a shorter first-class route drawing together widely separated regions of Ontario.

Related Ontario plaque
Construction of the Trans-Canada Highway



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