Ontario Trans-Canada Highway Route: Highway #17 portion Kenora to Ignace. Ontario



Here is the itinerary for the 246 km along Highway #17 between Kenora and Ignace


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Much of the land in Northwestern Ontario is Canadian Shield with sedimentary rocks form a vast ancient ocean with a number of volcanic influences. The region was home to a number of volcanos, which mixed volcanic and sedimentary rocks into folds of granite batholiths. At he junction of Highway 17/71, you can look at the rock cuts for the highway to see the variations in the rocks. East of Dinorwic there are rocks cuts with colours based on dominant minerals in the stone.

You can quickly observe the acidity of area lakes as you drive by. Those that are more acidic have cattails, pond lilies, and sedge. These plants also attract a range of waterfowl.

The rocks over much of the Canadian Shield have been rounded by glacial scour. The first vegetation to move in are the lichens. As they grow they secrete acids and begin to break apart the rocks, as well as provide decayed vegetable matter for larger plants to begin growing. Over thousands of years, the soils have improved in spots to become home to .forests of conifers. The lichens are popular food for area woodland caribou who inhabit the local forests. The tree species found in this area include black ash, balsam fir, black spruce and jack pine.


In some areas you will see glacial moraines (a ridge of rocks left behind) which provide a well-drained base suitable for both forests and for farming. Around Dryden you pass through a farming area with silt and clay soils left behind by a glacial lake, and growing a variety of legumes, grasses and forage for the area's cattle, pigs and sheep. It also helps make the land a little flatter, like for Dryden's airport.

The vast forest industry of Northwestern Ontario, and the pulp and paper mills have caused mercury pollution in some lakes and waterways, and have led to Minimata Disease (named for the Japanese community where it was first identified) in First Nations residents in the community of Grassy Narrows, who relied on locally caught fish for their sustenance.



Next West: Winnipeg to Kenora

Next East: Ignace to Thunder Bay


Ontario Highways road condition reports for this segment.

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246

Bridge crossing, railway tracks to N, Generating Station

Kenora

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245

Intersection Main St & 2nd St, Kenricia Hotel

Kenora

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1

245

4th Ave S, auto services

Kenora

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3

243

5th Street S, services, Lubys Motel & Restaurant 680 8th Kenora, ON (807) 468-3044

Kenora

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3

243

Miikana Way & Pine Portage Rd intersection, access to shopping

Kenora

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3

243

River St (N) intersection

Kenora

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4

242

Transmitter Rd to E

Kenora

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4

242

Jones Rd (hwy 671 N to Kenora Airport). S to Kenora Indian Reserve 388

Kenora

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11

235

Hilly Lake to N

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12

234

Bigstone Bay Rd, S to Kenora Indian Reserve 388

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12

234

Highway 17A junction

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22

224

Junction 17 & 71 S to Sioux Narrows & Fort Francis/International Falls

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45

201

Hawk Lake Rd crossing, S to community of Hawk Lake

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62

184

Gordon Lake Rd (N)

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83

163

West Arm Rd to Eagle Lake

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88

158

Hanslip's Rd

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90

156

Road to N, Sandy Lake Motel, gas, food

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94

152

Spencer Rd, and view of Florence Lake

Vermillion Bay

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95

151

Tower Rd (N), view south to Eagle Lake

Vermillion Bay

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96

150

Roadside Turnout with viewpoint on south side

Vermillion Bay

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102

144

Waldhog Rd N to Old Post B&B (Osnaburgh House , Pickle Lake, ON P0V 2H0 )

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103

143

Passing Gravel pis on both sides of hwy

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108

138

Crossing Eagle River

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110

136

Junction Highway 594S, Town of Eagle River, Eagle River Indian Reserve 27

Eagle River

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112

134

Junction Highway 594N

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117

129

Minnitaki Rd, S to community of Minnitaki

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123

123

Junction Hwy 605, S to community of Oxdrift, services

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131

115

Johnson Rd crossing

Dryden

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131

115

Wabigoon River crossing

Dryden

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133

113

Keller Rd (N)

Dryden

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133

113

Birchland Trailer & RV park (S) Dryden, ON P8N 2Z2, Tel: (807) 937-4938

Dryden

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134

112

Hwy 665 Junction

Dryden

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136

110

Anton Rd (W) Leach Rd (W)

Dryden

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136

110

Roadside Turnout, W side

Dryden

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137

109

Johnson Rd intersection, services, accommodation

Dryden

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137

109

Junction Cecil Ave (N) and Hwy 502 (S) all services, west access into downtown Dryden

Dryden

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138

108

Pedestrian overpass, IGA groceries

Dryden

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138

108

Truck stops on N side

Dryden

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139

107

Junction Hwy 601 (N) Colonization Ave N (S) access to Dryden Regional Hospital (58 Goodall Street: 807-223-8200, 49.7699, -92.8383)

Dryden

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139

107

Junction Duke Stand Hwy 594 (S) east access into downtown Dryden

Dryden

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139

107

Durance Ave (N), accommodation

Dryden

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144

102

Highway 601 N to Dryden Airport (5 km)

Dryden

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148

98

Thunder Lake Rd (E), access to Aaron PPP

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150

96

Elm Bay Rd (S), Pass Thunder Lake to N, Wabigoon L to south

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152

94

Bonny Bay Rd, S to Wabigoon Lake

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152

94

Roadside Turnout, N side

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158

88

Hill St to Franklin's On Stone Lake, 128 Flat Lake Rd , Madsen, ON P0V 2C0 , (807) 727 2101

Wabigoon

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153

93

Thunder Creek river crossing

Wabigoon

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158

88

Hughes Creek river crossing

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167

79

Highway 72 junction, N to Dinorwic, Sioux Lookout (67 km)

Dinorwic

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176

70

Roadside turnout with restaurant, N(E) side

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188

58

Highway 603 (N) to Dyment

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196

50

Basket Lake Rd (N)

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206

40

small Roadside Turnout S side, view of river

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206

40

Revell River crossing

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211

35

small Roadside Turnout S side, view of pond

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211

35

Junction Hwy 622 S Turtle River PP, Atikkan

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211

35

Roadside Turnout S side

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221

25

Raleigh Lake Rd (S)

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232

14

Mamegweiss Lake Rd exit

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239

7

Ignace Municipal Airport to S

Ignace

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243

3

Lakeshore Rd intersection

Ignace

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244

2

Humphrey Rd (E) Davey Lake Rd (W)

Ignace

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245

1

Rand St (S) into Ignace

Ignace

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246

0

Junction Hwy 599, N to Silver Dollar (69 km)

Ignace

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