Ontario Highway 60

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Highway 60
Frank A. McDougall Parkway
Route information
Maintained by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario
Length: 255.8 km[1] (158.9 mi)
Major junctions
West end:  Highway 11 – Huntsville
   Highway 127 – Whitney
 Highway 41 – Eganville
East end:  Highway 17 – Renfrew
Highway system
Current highways
←  Highway 58   Highway 61  →
Former highways
←  Highway 59   Highway 68  →

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 Golden Lake. During the 1960s, the highway was extended east to Highway 17.

Route description[edit]

Highway 60 between Barry's Bay and Whitney.

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.

An Ontario Parks visitor's permit is not required to drive through Algonquin Park or access the Visitor's Centre. However, one is required for the use of any trails 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.[2]

Highway 60 exits the park in the Township of South Algonquin and carries on east intersecting with Highway 127. Beyond Highway 127, it passes through the Ottawa Valley, following the historic "Opeongo Line" to Barry's Bay and continuing through Golden Lake and Eganville until Renfrew where it ends at a junction with Highway 17.

A 4 km (2.5 mi) section of Highway 60, between Golden Lake and Eganville, is multiplexed with Highway 41.

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. At that time, Highway 60 ended in Lake Dore, north of Eganville and was 218.2 km (135.6 mi) long.[3] 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 referred to as the Frank MacDougall Parkway.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

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

Division Location km[1] Mile Destinations Notes
Muskoka Huntsville 0.0 0.0  Highway 11 – Toronto, North Bay Huntsville Bypass; Exit 223
1.4 0.9 Hanes Road
2.5 1.6 District Road 3 (Main Street)
6.7 4.2 District Road 23 (Canal Road)
Lake of Bays 12.7 7.9 District Road 8 (Limberlost Road)
Dwight 23.6 14.7  Highway 35 – Minden, Dorset
Nipissing Algonquin Provincial Park 43.6 27.1
Algonquin Park West Gate[5]
58.4 36.3 Smoke Lake Road
91.7 57.0 Opeongo Lake Road
99.4 61.8
Algonquin Park East Gate[6]
Whitney 109.6 68.1  Highway 127 south – Maynooth
Madawaska 128.5 79.8  Highway 523 south Formerly Highway 523
Renfrew Barry's Bay 156.3 97.1 Beginning of Barry's Bay Connecting Link Agreement
156.8 97.4 County Road 62 – Maynooth Beginning of former Highway 62 south
157.6 97.9 Old Barry's Bay Road End of Barry's Bay Connecting Link Agreement
Wilno 166.9 103.7 County Road 66 (Wilno Road South) Polish Kashub Heritage Museum
Killaloe 180.9 112.4 County Road 58 north (Round Lake Road) – Pembroke, Round Lake
County Road 512 (Queen Street) – Killaloe, Brudenell
Formerly Highway 62 north; formerly Highway 512 south
Golden Lake 199.6 124.0 County Road 30 (Lake Dore Road) – Germanicus
County Road 70 (Kokomis Inamo)
Algona Wilberforce 209.7 130.3  Highway 41 north – Pembroke Beginning of Highway 41 concurrency
Eganville 212.8 132.2 Beginning of Eganville Connecting Link Agreement
213.6 132.7  Highway 41 south (Bridge Street) – Denbigh, Kaladar End of Highway 41 concurrency
214.9 133.5 End of Eganville Connecting Link Agreement
Admaston Bromley 222.2 138.1 County Road 8 east (Cobden Road) – Cobden
County Road 9 north (Bulger Road) – Lake Dore
Westbound traffic must turn left to remain on Highway 60
Douglas 229.7 142.7 County Road 5 south (Stone Road)
Rosebank 242.6 150.7 County Road 61 south (Haley Road) Former routing of Highway 17
Renfrew 250.0 155.3 Beginning of Renfrew Connecting Link Agreement
255.1 158.5 End of Renfrew Connecting Link Agreement
Horton 255.8 158.9  Highway 17 – Ottawa, Pembroke, Cobden Trans-Canada Highway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (2004). "Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) counts". Government of Ontario. Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ Highway 60 Corridor Map
  3. ^ Official Ontario Road Map. Department of Highways. 1938.
  4. ^ "The Flying Superintendent’s Fairchild". The Country Connection, Winter/Spring 1999.
  5. ^ http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/camping/west-gate.php
  6. ^ http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/camping/east-gate.php

External links[edit]

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