Ontario Highway 35
|Length:||195.6 km (121.5 mi)|
|Existed:||1931 – present|
|South end:||Highway 401 – Newcastle|
Highway 7 – Lindsay
Highway 118 – Carnarvon
|North end:||Highway 60 near Algonquin Park|
|Towns:||Newcastle, Orono, Lindsay, Coboconk, Minden, Carnarvon, Dorset, Dwight|
King's Highway 35, also known as Highway 35, is a provincial highway in the Canadian province of Ontario, linking Highway 401 with Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, and Algonquin Park. The highway travels from west of Newcastle, through Lindsay and the Kawarthas and into Haliburton before terminating at Highway 60 to the west of Algonquin Park, the province's largest. The winding course of the highway, combined with the picturesque views offered along its length, have led some to declare it the most scenic highway in Ontario.
Most of the highway, including a portion of today's Highway 60, was assumed by the Department of Highways by 1940. In 1961, Highway 115 was signed concurrently with Highway 35 for 19 kilometres (12 mi). This was widened to a divided expressway in the late eighties. In the mid-1950s, several bypasses were constructed to divert Highway 35 away from town centres such as Lindsay, Fenelon Falls and Minden.
Highway 35 is patrolled along its entirety by the Ontario Provincial Police. The speed limit for most of the length of the highway is 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph), slowing to 50 km/h (31 mph) within built-up areas, and increasing to 90 km/h (56 mph) when it connects with Highway 115.
Highway 35 begins at a trumpet interchange with Highway 401, and is concurrent with Highway 115 for 18.9 km (11.7 mi) to Enterprise Hill. For the length of this concurrency, it is a divided four lane expressway with no left turns, known as right-in/right-out (RIRO). At Enterprise Hill, Highway 35 exits the divided highway (which continues as Highway 115 east to Peterborough) and proceeds north as a two lane road. The highway crosses the Oak Ridges Moraine as it passes into the City of Kawartha Lakes. The terrain flattens approaching Lindsay, which the highway bypasses. Between Lindsay and Coboconk, the route is generally straight and crosses through a mix of agricultural lands and forest. After passing through Coboconk, it descends from the flat limestone plateau into the rocky Canadian Shield south of Norland. The highway hugs the Gull River north of Norland and cuts through granite along its route into the Haliburton Highlands. After passing Minden, the scenic highway begins diving into valleys and along cliffs overlooking several lakes.
Highway 35 generally follows the former Bobcaygeon Colonization Road north of Minden, though several realignments over the years have led to its current winding route. At Carnarvon, it meets with Highway 118.  Heading northward into increasingly mountainous terrain, the highway crosses into Muskoka near Dorset, and shortly thereafter reaches its terminus at Highway 60 west of Algonquin Park.
Traffic volumes on Highway 35 vary considerably over the length of the highway, as well as over the course of the year due to its use for recreational purposes, including snowmobiling, cottaging and camping. Along the Highway 35 and Highway 115 concurrency, the average daily vehicle count is above 20,000. This drops as Highway 35 splits off at Enterprise Hill to under 10,000. This volume is fairly consistent as far north as Minden, at which point the vehicle count drops below 5,000 and tapers off as low as 2,000 at Highway 60.
Highway 35, like many highways that begin at Lake Ontario and eventually cross into the Canadian Shield, began as several trails connecting settlements. Most of the southern portion of the highway follows various sidelines and concessions. Between Lindsay and Fenelon Falls, Highway 35 follows the former Fenelon Road, while north of there it follows The Cameron Road, a trail carved in the 1850s between Fenelon and Minden. North of Minden, the highway generally follows The Bobcaygeon Road, a colonization road built as far north as Dwight in the 1850s.
The Highway 35 designation was first applied in 1931 to the road between Lindsay and Fenelon Falls. In 1934 it was extended along the road between Fenelon Falls and Rosedale, bringing the length of the highway up to 38.9 km (24.2 mi). The Department of Northern Development had meanwhile spent the early 1930s upgrading the trails north of the Trent–Severn Canal that fell under their jurisdiction. A new road was constructed north of Dorset as part of the Ontario Northern Highways Program, avoiding the straight Bobcaygeon Road. The entire route from Rosedale to Huntsville became part of Highway 35 on April 1, 1937 when the Department of Northern Development merged into the Department of Highways, adding 138.4 km (86.0 mi) to the route. Finally in 1938, Highway 35 was extended south to Newcastle.
At this point, much of the assumed route was a gravel road. Only the section south of Orono was paved. The Lindsay to Norland section was paved in the 1940s, and north of that point beginning in 1954. It would take until 1958 for paving to commence south of Lindsay.
In 1953, Highway 115 was built as a two lane road eastward from Highway 35 near Pontypool. It was completed to Peterborough by 1954, and co-designated with Highway 35 southwards in 1961. Construction began to widen both to four lanes beginning in 1984, which was completed in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The concurrency with Highway 60 was removed from Highway 35 after 1961, but before 1969.
Beginning in 1954, several bypasses were constructed around the towns and villages along the route. The first of these was in Minden, bypassing the old route along the Bobcaygeon Road and South Water Street. This was followed by the bypassing of Fenelon Falls in 1955. Highway 35 followed present day Kawartha Lakes Road 121 and Kawartha Lakes Road 8 into and out of the village until the Seventh Concession Line was paved and the highway rerouted onto it. In 1956, Newcastle was bypassed and Highway 35 connected directly to the then eastern terminus of Highway 401 west of the village. The former route is now Durham Regional Road 19. By 1958, construction had begun on several bypasses of Lindsay, including the Lindsay Bypass that Highway 7 and 35 follow today. Prior to the opening of the bypass, Highway 35 followed Lindsay Street to Kent Street and jogged northwest along William Street and Colborne Street. It then followed today's Kawartha Lakes Road 4 north and west to the current intersection with Highway 35. This routing became Highway 35B when the bypass opened in 1959. In the 1960s, the route through Pontypool (now known as John Street) was bypassed.
Prior to 2007, the highway was extensively rehabilitated between Kawartha Lakes Road 121, near Fenelon Falls and Highway 118 in Carnarvon. This included widening the highway for a third passing lane, as well as the resurfacing of several sections.
On the day before Remembrance Day, 2009, the section of Highway 35 between Lindsay and Norland was renamed the Midland Regiment Commemorative Highway, in honour of veterans of World War II. Signs are placed along the highway at regular intervals to acknowledge the designation. On April 25, 2012, four bridges along the highway were renamed in memory of police officers killed in the line of duty: The Constable Randall F. Skidmore Bridge over the Trent–Severn Waterway in Rosedale; the Constable Eric Nystedt Bridge over the Gull River in Moore Falls; and the Corporal James Smith Bridge and Detective Sergeant Lorne J. Chapitis Bridge between Miners Bay and Minden.
The MTO is currently performing an environmental assessment on Highway 35 between the Highway 115 split and Lindsay, in preparation for a four-lane expansion. Work has also commenced on the widening of the Lindsay Bypass section of Highways 35 and 7 from two lanes to four.
|Durham||Newcastle||0.0||0.0||Highway 401 – Toronto, Kingston||Beginning of divided highway; southern end of Highway 115 concurrency|
|Lovekin Road||No access across highway|
|1.3||0.8||Durham Regional Highway 2 (formerly Highway 2)|
|Clarington||4.2||2.6||Clarke 3rd Concession|
|6.2||3.9||Clarke 4th Concession|
|Orono||8.1||5.0||Regional Road 17 (Main Street) – Orono||Southbound exit and entrance; northbound exit, access to Main Street via Clarke 5th Concession|
|8.6||5.3||Station Street||No access across highway|
|10.2||6.3||Mill Street||Southbound exit and entrance|
|Tamblyn Road||Northbound exit and entrance|
Clarke 6th Concession
|Southbound exit and entrance|
|9.9||6.2|| Regional Road 4 (Taunton Road)
Clarke 6th Concession
|No access from southbound 35/115 to Clarke 6th Concession; No access to southbound 35/115|
|Clarington||13.4||8.3|| Regional Road 9 (Ganaraska Road) – Bewdley, Kirby
Clarke 7th Concession
|Highway 407||Future interchange|
|Clarke 8th Concession|
|Skelding Road||Southbound exit and entrance|
|Beaucage Road||Southbound entrance|
|Wilcox Road||Northbound exit and entrance|
|Enterprise Hill||18.9||11.7||Highway 115 – Peterborough||Northern end of Highway 115 concurrency|
|Manvers||20.4||12.7||Regional Road 20 (Boundary Road)|
|Pontypool||22.9||14.2||City Road 12 (Pontypool Road)|
|30.5||19.0||Highway 7A – Peterborough, Bethany||Southern end of Highway 7A concurrency|
|32.0||19.9||Highway 7A – Port Perry||Northern end of Highway 7A concurrency|
|39.1||24.3||City Road 57 (Golf Course Road) – Janetville|
|40.6||25.2||City Road 31 (Mount Horeb Road) – Omemee|
|Lindsay||50.0||31.1||Highway 7 East – Peterborough, Omemee / City Road 15 North (Victoria Street)||Beginning of Highway 7 concurrency; City Road 15 formerly Highways 7B and 35B|
|City Road 4 (Angeline Street South / Little Britain Road)|
|55.5||34.5||Highway 7 – Toronto||End of Highway 7 concurrency; beginning of Highway 7B concurrency|
|56.3||35.0||Highway 7B East (Kent Street West) / Uniroyal Road (South)||End of Highway 7B concurrency; Highway 35 continues north; eastbound road continues as Highway 7B, formerly Highways 7B and 35B|
|59.5||37.0||City Road 4 (Thunder Bridge Road)|
|62.9||39.1||City Road 21 (Killarney Bay Road)|
|Cameron||67.2||41.8||City Road 34 (Cameron Road)|
|72.4||45.0||City Road 121 (Victoria Road) – Fenelon Falls||Formerly Highway 121|
|76.6||47.6||City Road 8 (Victoria Road) – Fenelon Falls||Formerly Highway 35A|
|77.4||48.1||City Road 8 (Glenarm Road)|
|Coboconk||92.5||57.5||City Road 43 (Somerville 7th Concession) – Burnt River, Four Mile Lake|
|92.9||57.7||City Road 42 (Baseline Road)|
|93.7||58.2||City Road 48 (Portage Road) – Beaverton||Formerly Highway 48|
|Norland||101.4||63.0||City Road 45 (Monck Road) – Uphill, Kinmount||Formerly Highway 503|
|Haliburton||Minden Hills||111.8||69.5||County Road 2 (Deep Bay Road)|
|Minden||126.0||78.3||County Road 121 – Kinmount||Formerly Highway 121|
|128.7||80.0||County Road 16 (South Lake Road) – Gelert, Lochlin
County Road 2 (Newcastle Street)
|130.5||81.1||County Road 21 – Haliburton Village||Formerly Highway 121|
|Carnarvon||143.6||89.2||Highway 118 – Bracebridge, Haliburton Village|
|Halls Lake||154.2||95.8||County Road 13 (Little Hawk Lake Road)|
|Ox Narrows||160.4||99.7||County Road 11 (Kushog Lake Road)|
|Dorset||177.9||110.5||District Road 117 – Bracebridge||Formerly Highway 117|
|County Road 39 (Main Street)|
|County Road 8 (Kawagama Lake Road)|
|Muskoka||Lake of Bays||District Road 21 (Fox Point Road)|
|Dwight||195.6||121.5||Highway 60 – Huntsville, Whitney, Algonquin Park|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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