Ontario Highway 17A

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Highway 17A
Kenora By-Pass
Route information
Auxiliary route of Highway 17
Maintained by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario
Length 33.5 km[1] (20.8 mi)
Existed 1990 – present
Major junctions
Beltway around Kenora
West end  Highway 17 west near Keewatin
   Highway 596 near Keewatin
Highway 658 near Jaffray–Melick
Highway 659
Highway 671
East end  Highway 17 east near Kenora
Counties Kenora District
Major cities Kenora, Kenora Airport
Highway system
Highway 17 Highway 19

King's Highway 17A, commonly referred to as Highway 17A or as the Kenora By-Pass, is an alternate route of Highway 17 around the city of Kenora, in the Canadian province of Ontario. It was built along a former Canadian Pacific Railway right-of-way, and has two westbound passing lanes in separate parts, and one eastbound passing lane.

Route description[edit]

Although it is not an official part of the Trans-Canada Highway, Highway 17A is designated as the through route when travelling into Kenora on the Trans-Canada. The road also provides access to Kenora Airport, but otherwise avoids the built up areas of the city.[2] The highway passes through a heavily forested area dominated by large granite rock outcroppings, geography typical of the Canadian Shield.[3] On an average day approximately 3,200–5,200 vehicles travel along the road, varying by season.[1]


Construction of Highway 17A began in 1981 in response to traffic congestion within the city of Kenora, which created a severe bottleneck for cross-national traffic. The bypass opened in stages as it was constructed from west to east.[4] The first 8.4 kilometres (5.2 mi), from Highway 17 to Highway 596 opened in September 1983. Following this, contracts were tendered for construction of the Winnipeg River bridge.[5] The section between Highway 596 and Highway 658 opened several years later in the autumn of 1988.[4] The final section, linking Highway 658 with Highway 17, was opened in 1991.[6]

Major intersections[edit]

The following table lists the major junctions along Highway 17A, as noted by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.[1] The entire route is located in Kenora District.[2] 

Location km[1] mi Destinations Notes
Kenora 0.0 0.0  Highway 17 west – Winnipeg
1.2 0.75 Highway 641 – Laclu CPR overpass
7.1 4.4  Highway 596 (Darlington Drive) – Minaki
12.6 7.8
Winnipeg River Bridge
14.9 9.3 Highway 658 (Redditt Road) – Redditt
21.1 13.1 East Melick Road Formerly Highway 659
25.5 15.8 Highway 671 (Jones Road) – Jones
33.5 20.8  Highway 17 east – Dryden, Thunder Bay
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (2007). "Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) counts". Government of Ontario. Retrieved August 29, 2011.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "km" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ a b Mapart (2010). Ontario Back Road Atlas (Map). Peter Heiler Ltd. p. 106. § G3. ISBN 978-1-55198-226-7. 
  3. ^ "Farming on the Canadian Shield". Lake of the Woods Museum. Retrieved September 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (May 1989). Northern Transportation Construction Projects 1989–90 (Report). Transportation Capital Branch, Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. p. 6. ISSN 0822-1480. 
  5. ^ Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (April 1988). Northern Transportation Construction Projects 1988–89 (Report). Transportation Capital Branch, Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. p. VII. ISSN 0822-1480. 
  6. ^ Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (May 1991). Northern Transportation Construction Projects 1991–92 (Report). Transportation Capital Branch, Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. p. 6. ISSN 0822-1480. 

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