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Highway 60
Frank A. McDougall Parkway
Route information
Maintained by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario
Length255.8 km[1] (158.9 mi)
Major junctions
West end Highway 11Huntsville
  Highway 127Whitney
 Highway 41Eganville
East end Highway 17Renfrew
Highway system
Highway 58Highway 61
Former provincial highways
←  Highway 59  

King's Highway 60, commonly referred to as Highway 60, is a provincially maintained highway in the Canadian province of Ontario. The 255.8-kilometre (158.9 mi) highway serves as the primary corridor through Algonquin Provincial Park, where it is dedicated as the Frank McDougall Parkway. East of Algonquin Park, the route serves east–west traffic in the highlands of central Ontario. It begins at Highway 11 in Huntsville and ends at Highway 17 near Renfrew.

Highway 60 was designated in 1937 between Huntsville and Lake Dore, near where it met Highway 41. During the 1940s, the route shared a common termini with Highway 41 at Golden Lake. When Highway 41 was extended north to Pembroke in 1957, Highway 60 was routed along it between Golden Lake and Eganville. It was extended east to Highway 17 in downtown Renfrew circa 1961. It was extended further east when Highway 17 was rerouted around Renfrew in 1977, establishing the current route.

Route description[edit]

Highway 60 and Algonquin Park are renowned for their autumn displays.

Highway 60 begins at an interchange with Highway 11 in Huntsville. It crosses through central Ontario in a generally east–west orientation. The triangle-shaped area bounded by Highways 11, 17 and 60 is largely uninhabited wilderness dotted with lakes and muskeg.[2]

East of Huntsville, Highway 60 meanders east then south through the northeastern corner of Muskoka District, meeting Highway 35 at Dwight. It travels northeast from there, briefly passing through Haliburton County before crossing into Nipissing District and entering Algonquin Park.[2] An Ontario Parks visitor's permit is not required to drive through Algonquin Park. However, one is required for the use of any trails, campgrounds, the Visitor Centre, or similar facilities within the park boundary. Moose and deer are very common through Algonquin, especially at night and in the morning, and present a major driving hazard.[3] The 56-kilometre (35 mi) journey through Algonquin Park offers some of the most famous scenery in Canada, including vistas of numerous lakes and geological formations that have been captured in the arts of Group of Seven painter Tom Thomson among others. The park is considered the most important place in Canada for biological and environmental research.[4][5]

Highway 60 between Barry's Bay and Whitney.

Highway 60 exits the park in the Township of South Algonquin travelling south into Whitney, curving east and intersecting Highway 127. Beyond Highway 127, it passes through the Madawaska Highlands, following the historic Opeongo Line. It passes through Madawaska, encountering Secondary Highway 523, then curves southeast into Renfrew County. The route enters Barry's Bay, where it turns east and meets the southern leg of former Highway 62, where a concurrency with it began prior to 1998. After passing through Wilno, the route curves northeast around Killaloe, intersecting the northern leg of former Highway 62 and Highway 512.[2]

Continuing around Golden Lake and through the village of the same name, Highway 60 travels southeast into the Ottawa Valley towards Eganville, where it has a 3.9 kilometres (2.4 mi) concurrency with Highway 41. For the remainder of the route, the highway travels near the Bonnechere River. It continues east then south to Douglas, where drivers must turn northeast to continue along the highway. Highway 60 slowly curves southeast before entering the town of Renfrew, where it is known as Stewart Street, Bridge Street, Raglan Street South, Veterans Memorial Boulevard and O'Brien Road. It encounters the eastern terminus of Highway 132 before curving east to end at Highway 17 on the outskirts of the town.[2]

History[edit]

Highway 60 through Algonquin Park circa 1950

Highway 60 was assumed on April 1, 1937, when the Department of Northern Development was amalgamated by the Department of Highways (DHO). At that time, the highway ended in Lake Dore, north of Eganville and was 218.2 km (135.6 mi) long. Highway 41 travelled along the portion of what is now Highway 60 between Eganville and Golden Lake.[6] The route was shortened by 16.9 kilometres (10.5 mi) to create a shared terminus with Highway 41 between 1942 and 1949.[7][8]

On April 11, 1957, the Eganville–Pembroke Road was assumed as an extension of Highway 41, with the former portion of the route between Eganville and Golden Lake being renumbered as part of Highway 60.[9] Highway 60 was extended to Highway 17 near Rosebank, north of Renfrew, circa 1961.[10][11] With the construction of the Renfrew Bypass, which began in June 1974,[12] and was completed in 1977,[13] the section of Highway 17 between O'Brien Road east of Renfrew and Haley Road north of Haley Station was renumbered as an extension of Highway 60, establishing the current route of the highway.[14]

In 1976, the section through Algonquin Park was dedicated in honour of the 35 years of service by Frank Archibald MacDougall: ten years as park superintendent and 25 as Deputy Minister of Lands and Forests. It is signed as the Frank MacDougall Parkway.[15]

Major intersections[edit]

The following table lists the major junctions along Highway 60, as noted by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.[1] 

DivisionLocationkm[1]miDestinationsNotes
MuskokaHuntsville0.00.0 Highway 11Toronto, North BayHuntsville Bypass; Exit 223
1.40.87Hanes Road
2.51.6District Road 3 (Main Street)
6.74.2District Road 23 (Canal Road)
Lake of Bays12.77.9District Road 8 (Limberlost Road)
Dwight23.614.7 Highway 35Minden
NipissingAlgonquin Provincial Park43.627.1
Algonquin Park West Gate[16]
58.436.3Smoke Lake Road
91.757.0Opeongo Lake Road
99.461.8
Algonquin Park East Gate[17]
Whitney109.668.1 Highway 127 south – Maynooth
Madawaska128.579.8 Highway 523 southFormerly Highway 523
RenfrewBarry's Bay156.397.1Beginning of Barry's Bay Connecting Link Agreement
156.897.4County Road 62 – MaynoothBeginning of former Highway 62 south
157.697.9Old Barry's Bay RoadEnd of Barry's Bay Connecting Link Agreement
Wilno166.9103.7County Road 66 (Wilno Road South)Polish Kashub Heritage Museum
Killaloe180.9112.4County Road 58 north (Round Lake Road) – Pembroke
County Road 512 (Queen Street) – Killaloe, Brudenell
Formerly Highway 62 north; formerly Highway 512 south
Golden Lake199.6124.0County Road 30 (Lake Dore Road) – Germanicus
County Road 70 (Kokomis Inamo)
Algona Wilberforce209.7130.3 Highway 41 north – PembrokeBeginning of Highway 41 concurrency
Eganville212.8132.2Beginning of Eganville Connecting Link Agreement
213.6132.7 Highway 41 south (Bridge Street) – Denbigh, KaladarEnd of Highway 41 concurrency
214.9133.5End of Eganville Connecting Link Agreement
Admaston Bromley222.2138.1County Road 8 east (Cobden Road) – Cobden
County Road 9 north (Bulger Road) – Lake Dore
Westbound traffic must turn left to remain on Highway 60
Douglas229.7142.7County Road 5 south (Stone Road)
Rosebank242.6150.7County Road 61 south (Haley Road)Former routing of Highway 17
Renfrew250.0155.3Beginning of Renfrew Connecting Link Agreement
255.1158.5End of Renfrew Connecting Link Agreement
Horton255.8158.9 Highway 17Ottawa, PembrokeTrans-Canada Highway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (2010). "Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) counts". Government of Ontario. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Google (June 12, 2015). "Route of Highway 60" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  3. ^ "Highway 60 Corridor Map" (PDF). The Friends of Algonquin Park. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  4. ^ "Highway 60 Corridor | Algonquin Provincial Park". The Friends of Algonquin Park. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  5. ^ "Cultural History | Algonquin Provincial Park". The Friends of Algonquin Park. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  6. ^ Ontario Road Map (Map). Cartography by D. Barclay. Ontario Department of Highways. 1938–39. § M4–Q5.
  7. ^ Ontario Road Map (Map). Cartography by D. Barclay. Ontario Department of Highways. 1942. § Mileage Tables.
  8. ^ Ontario Road Map (Map). Cartography by C. P. Robins. Ontario Department of Highways. 1949. § Mileage Tables.
  9. ^ Ontario Road Map (Map). Cartography by C. P. Robins. Ontario Department of Highways. 1958. § O38–P40.
  10. ^ Ontario Road Map (Map). Cartography by C. P. Robins. Ontario Department of Highways. 1961. § O38–P40.
  11. ^ Ontario Road Map (Map). Cartography by C. P. Robins. Ontario Department of Highways. 1962. § O38–P40.
  12. ^ "Motorists May Have Long Wait For Proposed Renfrew Bypass". The Mercury. 102 (45). Renfrew, Ontario. June 5, 1974. p. 1.
  13. ^ Ontario Road Map (Map). Cartography by Cartography Section. Ministry of Transportation and Communications. 1977. § C28–D29.
  14. ^ Ontario Road Map (Map). Cartography by Cartography Section. Ministry of Transportation and Communications. 1978–79. § C28–D29.
  15. ^ Shaw, S. Bernard. "The Flying Superintendent's Fairchild". The Country Connection (32 - Winter/Spring 1999). Pinecone Publishing. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  16. ^ "East Gate | Algonquin Provincial Park". The Friends of Algonquin Park. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  17. ^ "East Gate | Algonquin Provincial Park". The Friends of Algonquin Park. Retrieved September 20, 2015.

External links[edit]

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