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Ontario Highway 35

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Highway 35
Highway 35 highlighted in red
Route information
Length195.6 km[1] (121.5 mi)
Major junctions
South end Highway 401Newcastle
  Highway 407Clarington
 Highway 115Kendal
Highway 7A – Bethany
 Highway 7Lindsay
 Highway 118Carnarvon
North end Highway 60 near Algonquin Park
Kawartha Lakes
Haliburton Highlands
TownsNewcastle, Orono, Lindsay, Coboconk, Minden, Carnarvon, Dorset, Dwight
Highway system
Ontario 34.svg Highway 34Ontario 37.svg Highway 37
Former provincial highways
  Highway 36  →

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 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.[2]

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.

Route description[edit]

"A photo of a four-lane divided highway on a sunny day."
Highway 35 immediately south of the split 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.[3][4][5] For the length of this concurrency, it is a divided four lane expressway with no left turns, known as right-in/right-out (RIRO). Here, Highway 35/115 meets the eastern terminus of Highway 407 at a modified trumpet interchange in Clarington. 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.[6] The highway crosses the Oak Ridges Moraine as it passes into the City of Kawartha Lakes.[7] The terrain flattens approaching Lindsay, which the highway bypasses.[3] 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.[7] The highway hugs the Gull River north of Norland and cuts through granite along its route into the Haliburton Highlands.[7][8] After passing Minden, the scenic highway begins diving into valleys and along cliffs overlooking several lakes.[9]

A low perspective of a highway. The highway curves to the right, with rolling hills in the background. A reassurance marker is posted in the ground to the right of the highway
Highway 35 near Fenelon Falls

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. [9] 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.[8]

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.[1]


"A black and white photo of a highway curving gently to the left. A lake occupies most of the background, while several large trees dominate the foreground."
Highway 35 overlooking Cameron Lake in 1941

Highway 35, like many highways that begin at Lake Ontario and eventually cross into the Canadian Shield, began as several trails connecting settlements.[10] Most of the southern portion of the highway follows various sidelines and concessions.[8] 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.[11]

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,[12] 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,[10] avoiding the straight Bobcaygeon Road.[11] 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,[10][13] adding 138.4 km (86.0 mi) to the route. Finally in 1938, Highway 35 was extended south to Newcastle.[12]

Highway 35 passes through several imposing rock cuts beginning north of Norland

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.[12]

In 1953, Highway 115 was built as a two lane road eastward from Highway 35 near Pontypool.[12] It was completed to Peterborough by 1954,[14] and co-designated with Highway 35 southwards in 1961.[12][15] Construction began to widen both to four lanes beginning in 1984,[16] which was completed in the late 1980s and early 1990s.[17] The concurrency with Highway 60 was removed from Highway 35 after 1961,[18] but before 1969.[19]

Beginning in 1954, several bypasses were constructed around the towns and villages along the route.[12] The first of these was in Minden, bypassing the old route along the Bobcaygeon Road and South Water Street.[20] 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.[10][21] In 1956, Newcastle was bypassed and Highway 35 connected directly to the then eastern terminus of Highway 401 west of the village.[12] The former route is now Durham Regional Road 19.[8] By 1958, construction had begun on several bypasses of Lindsay,[22] 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.[12][23] In the 1960s, the route through Pontypool (now known as John Street) was bypassed.[12]

Highway 35 north of Coboconk, showcasing the fall display. Shadow and Silver lakes are visible.

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.[24]

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.[25] 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.[26][27]


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.[28][29] Work has also commenced on the widening of the Lindsay Bypass section of Highways 35 and 7 from two lanes to four.[30]

Major intersections[edit]

The following table lists the major junctions along Highway 35, as noted by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.[1] 

DurhamNewcastle0.00.0 Highway 401Toronto, KingstonBeginning of divided highway; southern end of  Highway 115 concurrency
Lovekin RoadNo access across highway
Clarington4.22.6Clarke 3rd Concession
6.23.9Clarke 4th Concession
Orono8.15.0 Regional Road 17 (Main Street) – OronoSouthbound exit and entrance; northbound exit, access to Main Street via Clarke 5th Concession
8.65.3Station StreetNo access across highway
10.26.3Mill StreetSouthbound exit and entrance
Tamblyn RoadNorthbound exit and entrance
Co-Op Road
Clarke 6th Concession
Southbound exit and entrance
9.96.2 Regional Road 4 (Taunton Road)
Clarke 6th Concession
No access from southbound 35/115 to Clarke 6th Concession; No access to southbound 35/115
Clarington13.48.3 Regional Road 9 (Ganaraska Road) – Bewdley, Kirby
Clarke 7th Concession
 Highway 407TorontoOpened on December 9, 2019[31][32]
Clarke 8th Concession
Skelding RoadSouthbound exit and entrance
Beaucage RoadSouthbound entrance
Wilcox RoadNorthbound exit and entrance
Enterprise Hill18.911.7 Highway 115PeterboroughNorthern end of  Highway 115 concurrency
End of divided highway
Manvers20.412.7 Regional Road 20 (Boundary Road)
Pontypool22.914.2 Municipal Road 12 (Pontypool Road)
30.519.0 Highway 7APeterboroughSouthern end of  Highway 7A concurrency
32.019.9 Highway 7APort PerryNorthern end of  Highway 7A concurrency
39.124.3 Municipal Road 57 (Golf Course Road) – Janetville
40.625.2 Municipal Road 31 (Mount Horeb Road) – Omemee
Lindsay50.031.1 Highway 7 East – Peterborough /  Municipal Road 15 North (Victoria Street)Beginning of  Highway 7 concurrency; City Road 15 formerly Highways 7B and 35B
 Municipal Road 4 (Angeline Street South / Little Britain Road)
55.534.5 Highway 7TorontoEnd of  Highway 7 concurrency; beginning of  Highway 7B concurrency
56.335.0 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
59.537.0 Municipal Road 4 (Thunder Bridge Road)
62.939.1 Municipal Road 21 (Killarney Bay Road)
Cameron67.241.8 Municipal Road 34 (Cameron Road)
72.445.0 Municipal Road 121 (Victoria Road) – Fenelon FallsFormerly  Highway 121
76.647.6 Municipal Road 8 (Victoria Road) – Fenelon FallsFormerly  Highway 35A
77.448.1 Municipal Road 8 (Glenarm Road)
Coboconk92.557.5 Municipal Road 43 (Somerville 7th Concession) – Burnt River, Four Mile Lake
92.957.7 Municipal Road 42 (Baseline Road)
93.758.2 Municipal Road 48 (Portage Road) – BeavertonFormerly  Highway 48
Norland101.463.0 Municipal Road 45 (Monck Road) – Uphill, KinmountFormerly  Highway 503
HaliburtonMinden Hills111.869.5County Road 2 (Deep Bay Road)
Minden126.078.3County Road 121 – KinmountFormerly  Highway 121
128.780.0County Road 16 (South Lake Road) – Gelert, Lochlin
County Road 2 (Newcastle Street)
130.581.1County Road 21 – Haliburton VillageFormerly  Highway 121
Carnarvon143.689.2 Highway 118Bracebridge, Haliburton Village
Halls Lake154.295.8County Road 13 (Little Hawk Lake Road)
Ox Narrows160.499.7County Road 11 (Kushog Lake Road)
Dorset177.9110.5District Road 117BracebridgeFormerly  Highway 117
County Road 39 (Main Street)
County Road 8 (Kawagama Lake Road)
MuskokaLake of BaysDistrict Road 21 (Fox Point Road)
Dwight195.6121.5 Highway 60Huntsville, Whitney, Algonquin Park
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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