Quebec Autoroute 40

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Autoroute 40
Autoroute Félix-Leclerc
Metropolitan Expressway
Trans-Canada Highway
Route information
Maintained by Transports Québec
Length 347.0 km[1][2] (215.6 mi)
Existed 1959[1] – present
Major junctions
West end Highway 417 / TCH at the Ontario border near Pointe-Fortune
  A-30 in Vaudreuil-Dorion
A-13 in Montreal
A-520 in Montreal
A-15 (TCH) in Montreal
A-19 in Montreal
A-25 (TCH) in Montreal
A-640 in Charlemagne
A-31 in Lavaltrie
A-55 in Trois-Rivières
A-540 in Quebec City
A-73 in Quebec City
A-440 in Quebec City
A-573 in Quebec City
A-973 in Quebec City
East end Route 138 / Route 368 in Quebec City
Major cities Vaudreuil-Dorion, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Pointe-Claire, Montreal, Terrebonne, Charlemagne, Repentigny, Trois-Rivières, Quebec City
Highway system

Quebec provincial highways

A-35 A-50

Autoroute 40, officially known as Autoroute Félix-Leclerc outside Montreal and Metropolitan Autoroute/Autoroute Métropolitaine within Montreal, is a freeway on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River in the Canadian province of Quebec. It is one of the two major connections between Montreal and Quebec City, the other being Autoroute 20 on the south shore of the St. Lawrence. Autoroute 40 is currently 347 km (215.6 mi) long. Between the Ontario–Quebec boundary and the interchange with Autoroute 25, the route is signed as part of the Trans-Canada Highway.

Route description[edit]

Autoroute 40 at Boulevard des Sources in Dorval/Pointe-Claire, looking east into Dorval

The western terminus of Autoroute 40 is located at the Ontario–Quebec border, where it continues as Highway 417 towards Ottawa; the eastern terminus is in Boischatel, where it transitions into Route 138 at the end of the freeway.

The portion of Autoroute 40 from the Ontario border to Autoroute 25 is part of the Trans-Canada Highway. The Metropolitan Autoroute portion in Montreal is the busiest highway in Quebec, the busiest section of the Trans-Canada Highway, as well as the second busiest highway section overall in Canada after Highway 401 in Toronto.


Two sections of Autoroute 40 were not part of the original plans: The original intention was to bypass Trois-Rivières to the north (the existing A-40 through downtown would have been Autoroute 755 and the concurrency with Autoroute 55 would have been simply A-55). In addition, a different route was originally planned around Sainte-Foy (now in the west end of Quebec City) south of Jean Lesage International Airport (the existing 12 km (7 mi) segment of Autoroute 40 between St-Augustin and Autoroute 73 would have been the western end of Autoroute 440, thus explaining the exit numbering starting at 12). While the right-of-ways of both bypasses still exist and may still be developed in the future as congestion increases, there are no immediate plans to renew construction.

Some discussion of eastward extensions of A-40 into the Charlevoix region and beyond have taken place, most likely to Route 360 in Beaupré or even as far as Route 362 in La Malbaie since tourism in the region is increasing; however, that appears unlikely in the short term.

A 25 km (16 mi) stretch of the highway in Pointe-Claire, from roughly St. John's Boulevard, near Fairview Pointe-Claire Shopping Centre, to the turnaround loop, Senneville Road was used during the 1976 Summer Olympics for the men's road team time trial cycling race.[3] In 1997, the highway (apart from the portion served by the Metropolitan Autoroute) was renamed Autoroute Félix-Leclerc after the late Quebec artist and political activist Félix Leclerc.

Prior to 1997, Autoroute 40 east of Montreal had four different names, the first section was named Autoroute de la Rive-Nord (North Shore Autoroute) between Montréal and Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures (km 87 to 196, 209 to 296). A segment in Trois-Rivières east of Autoroute 55 that was named Autoroute de Francheville (Francheville Autoroute) (km 196 to 207). Between Saint-Augustin and Autoroute 73 in Quebec City (km 296 to 307) it was called Autoroute Charest. Finally, between the junction of Autoroute 73 and Autoroute 573 and its eastern end at Route 138 it was known as Autoroute de la Capitale, a name that is still commonly used by Quebec City residents.[4][5][better source needed]

Exit list[edit]

Region Location km mi Exit Destinations Notes
Continues as Highway 417 west (Trans-Canada Highway) – Ottawa
Montérégie Pointe-Fortune Quebec / Ontario boundary
1 Route 342 east – Pointe-Fortune Straddles the Ontario border; also signed as Exit 1 for Hwy 417.
Pointe-FortuneRigaud boundary 2 Montée Wilson – Pointe-Fortune
Rigaud 6 Montée de la Baie-Saint-Thomas
9 Route 342 – Rigaud
12 Route 342 – Rigaud
17 Route 201 (Montée Lavigne) – Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
Saint-Lazare 22 Hudson, Saint-Lazare
Vaudreuil-Dorion 26 To Route 342 – Hudson, Saint-Lazare Eastbound access to Route 342
28 Route 342 – Hudson Westbound exit, eastbound entrance
32 A-30 to A-20 / Highway 401 – Sorel-Tracy, Toronto Exit 1 on A-30; former A-540
35 Avenue Saint-Charles – Vaudreuil-Dorion, Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac
36 Chemin Dumberry, Chemin des Chenaux Westbound exit, eastbound entrance
Lake of Two Mountains
(Lac des Deux Montagnes)
Pont de l’Île aux Tourtes
Montreal Senneville 40 Chemin de Senneville Westbound exit, eastbound entrance
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue 41 Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Île-Perrot
44 Boulevard Morgan
Kirkland 49 Chemin Sainte-Marie
50 Boulevard Saint-Charles
Pointe-Claire 52 Boulevard Saint-Jean
Pointe-ClaireDorval boundary 55 Boulevard des Sources
Dollard-des-OrmeauxMontreal boundary 58 Boulevard Hymus, Boulevard Alfred-Nobel, Boulevard Henri-Bourassa Eastbound exit
Montreal 60 A-13 – Lachine, Montreal Centre-Ville, Laval, P.E. Trudeau Airport, Mirabel Airport Exit 6 on A-13
62 Boulevard de la Côte-Vertu
Boulevard Henri-Bourassa, Boulevard Hymus Westbound exit
64 Boulevard Cavendish
65 Autoroute Côte-de-Liesse (A-520 west) – P.E. Trudeau Airport
Boulevard Marcel-Laurin (Route 117 north) Eastbound exit
MontrealMount Royal boundary 66 A-15 south (Autoroute Décarie) – Montreal Centre-Ville, Pont Champlain Décarie Interchange
Exit 70 on A-15; west end of A-15 concurrency
West end of Metropolitan Autoroute
68 Rue Stinson, Chemin Rockland, Boulevard de l'Acadie Eastbound exit
70 A-15 (TCH) north (Autoroute des Laurentides) – Laval, Mirabel Airport Exit 1 on A-15; east end of A-15 concurrency
Boulevard Marcel-Laurin (Route 117 north), Chemin Rockland Westbound exit
71 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Rue Saint-Denis (Route 335) Eastbound exit
Montreal 71 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Boulevard de l'Acadie Westbound exit
73 Rue Saint-Hubert, Avenue Christophe-Colomb, Avenue Papineau (A-19 north) Eastbound exit
73 Avenue Christophe-Colomb, Rue Saint-Hubert, Rue Saint-Denis (Route 335) Westbound exit
74 Rue d'Iberville Eastbound exit
75 Boulevard Saint-Michel Eastbound exit
75 Boulevard Saint-Michel, Avenue Papineau (A-19 north) Westbound exit
76 Boulevard Pie-IX (Route 125), Boulevard Viau
Boulevard Lacordaire Westbound exit
77 Boulevard Lacordaire Eastbound exit
78 Boulevard Langelier, Boulevard des Galeries-d'Anjou
80 A-25 (TCH) to A-20 – Laval, Tunnel Louis-Hippolyte-Lafontaine Trans-Canada Highway follows A-25 south
Signed as exits 80-S (south) and 80-N (north); exit 8 on A-25
82 Boulevard Roi-René, Boulevard Ray-Lawson
Montréal-Est 83 Boulevard Bourget, Avenue Marien, Boulevard Saint-Jean-Baptiste Eastbound exit, westbound entrance
Montreal 87 Boulevard Tricentenaire, Rue Sherbrooke (Route 138), Boulevard Henri-Bourassa Eastbound exit
85 Boulevard Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Boulevard Tricentenaire, Avenue Marien Westbound exit
89 Rue Sherbrooke (Route 138), Boulevard Henri-Bourassa Westbound exit
East end of Metropolitan Autoroute
92 Boulevard Gouin Eastbound exit, westbound entrance
Rivière des Prairies Pont Charles-de Gaulle
Lanaudière Terrebonne 94 Route 344 – Lachenaie
TerrebonneCharlemagne boundary 96 A-640 – Charlemagne, Laval, Saint-Eustache, Mirabel Airport Signed as exits 96-E (east) and 96-O (west); exit 52 on A-640
Repentigny 97 Boulevard Pierre-Le Gardeur – Le Gardeur, Charlemagne Eastbound exit, westbound entrance
98 Boulevard Larochelle, Boulevard Brien – Repentigny Eastbound exit; west end of collector/express lanes
100 Boulevard Industriel, Rue Valmont Eastbound exit
100 Boulevard Industriel, Boulevard Larochelle, Boulevard Brien – Repentigny Westbound exit; east end of collector/express lanes
102 Rue Valmont Westbound exit
L'Assomption 108 Route 341 (Boulevard Louis-Philippe Picard) – L'Assomption, L'Épiphanie Formerly exit 106
110 Route 343 – L'Assomption, Saint-Sulpice Formerly exit 108
Lavaltrie Point-du-Jour Rest Area (Exit 118)
122 A-31 north / Route 131 – Joliette, Lavaltrie Exit 1 on A-31
Lanoraie 130 Lanoraie
Sainte-Geneviève-de-Berthier 141 Rang Sainte-Philomène Eastbound exit, westbound entrance
Berthierville 144 Route 158 – Saint-Gabriel, Berthierville
Saint-Cuthbert 151 Route 138 – Saint-Cuthbert
Saint-Barthélemy 155 Saint-Barthélemy, Maskinongé
Mauricie Maskinongé 160 Rang de la Rivière Sud-Est
Baie-de-Maskinongé Rest Area (eastbound)
Concession-de-la-Rivière Rest Area (westbound)
MaskinongéLouiseville boundary 166 Louiseville, Maskinongé
LouisevilleYamachiche boundary 174 Route 138 – Louiseville, Yamachiche
Yamachiche 180 Route 153 north – Yamachiche
Trois-Rivières 187 Route 138 (Rue Notre-Dame O) – Yamachiche
189 Rang St-Charles
192 Chemin des Petites-Terres
A-55 north to Route 155 / Boulevard des Forges – Shawinigan West end of A-55 concurrency; A-40 branches south
183[i] Boulevard Jean-XXIII
A-55 south – Pont Laviolette, Victoriaville, Drummondville East end of A-55 concurrency; A-40 branches east
198 Boulevard des Récollets
199 Boulevard des Forges – Trois-Rivières Centre-Ville
201 Boulevard des Chenaux
Pont Radisson crosses Saint-Maurice River
202 Boulevard des Estacades
203 Rue Thibeau (Route 157) – Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Shawinigan
205 Boulevard des Prairies
Saint-Maurice 210 Route 352 north – Saint-Maurice
Champlain 220 Route 359 – Saint-Luc-de-Vincennes, Saint-Narcisse, Champlain
Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan 229 Route 361 – Batiscan, Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan
Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade 236 Route 159 – Saint-Prosper, Saint-Casimir, Saint-Tite, Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade
Capitale-Nationale Deschambault-Grondines 250 Chemin de St-Casimir
254 Route 363 – Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, Deschambault-Grondines
257 Route Proulx – Saint-Gilbert Portneuf, Quebec
Portneuf 261 Portneuf
Cap-Santé 269 Route 358 – Pont-Rouge, Saint-Basile, Cap-Santé
Donnacona 274 Donnacona
Neuville 281 Route 365 – Pont-Rouge, Saint-Raymond, Neuville
285 Neuville
Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures Cap-de-Pierre Service Area (eastbound only)
295 Route 367 (Route de Fossambault) – Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures
298 Route 138 – Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, L'Ancienne-Lorette Signed as exits 298-O (west) and 298-E (east)
300 Chemin du Lac
Quebec City 302 Route Jean-Gauvin, Cap Rouge
304 Avenue Le Gendre
305 Autoroute Duplessis (A-540) to A-20 – Jean Lesage International Airport, Pont Pierre-Laporte Signed as exits 305-S (south) and 305-N (north); exit 3 on A-540
306 Avenue Blaise-Pascal
A-73 south (Autoroute Henri-IV) to A-20 – Pont Pierre-Laporte
Autoroute Charest (A-440) – Quebec Centre-Ville
West end of A-73 concurrency; A-40 branches north; signed as exits 307-S (south), 307-N (north), 139-O (west), 139-E (east); exit 4 on A-440
140[ii] Rue Einstein Northbound right-in/right-out
Rue John-Molson Southbound right-in/right-out
141[ii] Boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel (Route 138)
A-573 north (Autoroute Henri-IV) – Shannon A-40 / A-73 concurrency branches east
308 Boulevard de l'Ormiere (Route 371)
310 Boulevard Saint-Jacques
Autoroute Robert-Bourassa (A-740) Exit 9 on A-740
312 Boulevard Pierre-Bertrand (Route 358)
313 A-73 north / A-973 south / Route 175 – Saguenay, Alma, Quebec Centre-Ville East end of A-73 concurrency; signed as exits 313-S (south), 313-N (north); exit 148 on A-73 / A-973
315 1ère Avenue
316 Boulevard Henri-Bourassa
318 Avenue du Bourg-Royal
319 Avenue Saint-David
320 Rue Seigneuriale
321 Rue Labelle
322 Boulevard des Chutes A-40 turns south
323 A-440 west (Autoroute Dufferin-Montmorency) – Quebec Centre-Ville A-40 branches east; Exit 29 on A-440
325 Boulevard Sainte-Anne (Route 138 west) / Route 368 south – Montmorency Falls, Île d'Orléans A-40 eastern terminus
Continues as Route 138 east – Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  1. ^ a b c A-55 exit number
  2. ^ a b c d A-73 (Autoroute Henri-IV) exit number

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Répertoire des autoroutes du Québec" (in French). Transports Québec. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  2. ^ Ministère des transports, "Distances routières", page (?), Les Publications du Québec, 2005
  3. ^ 1976 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. pp. 156-8.
  4. ^ "Recherche multicritères". Commission de toponymie Quebec (in French). Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Autoroute 40 (Quebec)". Wikipédia (in French). 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
Preceded by
Ontario 417.svg ON Highway 417
Trans-Canada Highway
Quebec Autoroute 40.svg Autoroute 40
Succeeded by
Quebec Autoroute 25.svg Autoroute 25
Preceded by
Quebec Autoroute 15.svg Autoroute 15