Ontario Highway 560

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Highway 560
Route information
Maintained by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario
Length: 193 km (120 mi)
Major junctions
West end:  Highway 144 / Sultan Industrial Road
East end:  Highway 11 in Englehart
Divisions: Sudbury District, Timiskaming District
Villages: Shining Tree, Westree, Gowganda, Elk Lake, Mount MacDonald, Charlton, Englehart
Highway system
Highway 559 Highway 562
The western terminus of Highway 560 at Highway 144

Secondary Highway 560, commonly referred to as Highway 560, is a provincially maintained secondary highway in the northern section of the Canadian province of Ontario. It begins in the west at an intersection with Highway 144 and the Sultan Industrial Road and proceeds 193 kilometres (120 mi) east to Highway 11 at Englehart. Having been re-aligned numerous times, the highway's current and former alignments follow each other very closely and are visible to each other for most of the length of the road, with third and fourth alignments in the nearby forests easily visible from the sky with photos from Google Earth between Highway 560A (a 10 km-long spur to Westree) and Elk Lake, for example.

Route description[edit]

The highway between Elk Lake and Highway 65 has been recently repaved, along with the new alignment being built. The old alignment of the road is still used in many areas, as a residential access to the highway.

Highway 560 is also the closest road in Ontario to the province's highest point, Ishpatina Ridge.

The road is linked to Highway 667 in Sultan via the Sultan Industrial Road, a private, gravel-surfaced logging road with public access.

There are few gas stations and services located along this route, as it travels through the most isolated parts of Northeastern Ontario. The highway is heavily travelled by logging trucks, and warning signs are posted along the route.

Highway 560A[edit]

Highway 560A is a secondary highway which serves as a short spur route from Highway 560 to the community of Westree. Its total length is approximately 10.4 kilometres (6.5 mi).


Highway 560 was first designated in 1956, like many of the secondary highways in Ontario.[1][2] Highway 560 initially provided the only access into the interior of the Temagami region and Gogama. However, in the mid-1960s, work began on a new link between Sudbury and Timmins. 31.5 kilometres (19.6 mi) was absorbed into the route of Ontario Highway 144 in April 1965.[3] Since then, the western terminus of Highway 560 has been at Highway 144, and the route has remained unchanged.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

The following table lists the major junctions along Highway 560.[5][4]

Division Location km[5] Destinations Notes
 Highway 560 continues west as the Sultan Industrial Road
Sudbury 0.0  Highway 144 – Sudbury, Timmins
Morin Village 31.0 Highway 560A – Westree
41.7 Opikimimk River Bridge
Timiskaming Gowganda 100.9 Gowganda Creek Bridge
Elk Lake 143.3  Highway 65 west – Matachewan Beginning of Highway 65 concurrency
144.3  Highway 65 east – New Liskeard End of Highway 65 concurrency
Charlton 173.9  Highway 573 (Bay Street)
Englehart 183.1  Highway 11 – New Liskeard
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Ontario Road Map (Map). Cartography by C.P. Robins. Ontario Department of Highways. 1956. § K29–L33. 
  2. ^ "Ontario Secondary Roads Now Designated 500, 600" 112 (33,119). The Globe and Mail. February 4, 1956. p. 4. Two new Ontario road numbers appear on the province's 1956 official road map which will be ready for distribution next week. The new numbers are the 500 and 600 series and designate hundreds of miles of secondary roads which are wholly maintained by the Highways Department. More than 100 secondary roads will have their own numbers and signs this year. All of these secondary roads were taken into the province's main highways system because they form important connecting links with the King's Highways 
  3. ^ AADT Traffic Volumes 1955–1969 And Traffic Collision Data 1967–1969. Ontario Department of Highways. 1969. p. 114. Notes: 2. Hwy. 144 renumbered from Sec. Hwy. 544 in April 1965 
  4. ^ a b Ontario Back Road Atlas (Map). Cartography by MapArt. Peter Heiler. 2010. p. 105. § J16–18. ISBN 978-1-55198-226-7. 
  5. ^ a b Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (2007). "Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) counts". Retrieved September 2, 2011. 

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