Lighthouse on Lake Huron, near Parry Sound

Why travel between Parry Sound and Sudbury?

This segment is the start of the Canadian North, and includes not only great views of Georgian Bay and the thousands of islands, but also crosses the French River which is the great canoe route taken by French fur traders (the “courier du bois”) 400 years ago, from Montreal into the continent’s vast interior.

Here is the itinerary for the 153 km route along Route 69 from Parry Sound to Sudbury (a continuation of the route from Toronto to Parry Sound):

Sudbury's Superstack at Inco/Vale's nickel mine
The “400” section is the Ontario Highways designation for the portion of Highway 69 already “twinned”. Originally (back in the late 1960s) Highway 400 only connected Toronto to Barrie, and has since been extended northwards to roughly Parry Sound.

There is significant work underway on this stretch of the highway, with construction underway the 25 km from Sudbury to Estaire, and the 11 km from Nobel south to Parry Sound. A short stretch south of Parry Sound, through the Wahta Mohawk First Nation is also in progress. Watch for construction crews during summer travel season in these areas.

Wanapatei Lake's West Bay is just north of the Trans-Canada, east of SudburyThe 110 km corridor of the French River drains the rugged Canadian Shield region between Lake Nipissing and Georgian Bay. The river’s landscape is largely unchanged since the first Europeans explored it over three hundred years ago to make it a vital link in the fur trade route from Lachine (Montreal) to Lake Superior and the Northwest. The waters vary from narrow, enclosed steep-walled gorges, falls and rapids, to broad expanses of open water.

This river systems has two parks protecting key areas: French River Provincial Park along the 69/400 highway, and Killarney Provincial Park at the French River’s Mouth. The river’s valley is the habitat for several rare plants (like the Virginia Chain Fern), as well as the Mississauga Rattlesnake. The French River is home to over 40 species of fish, from tiny smelt to popular pickerel/walleye, speckled, brook and rainbow trou all the way to the mighty muskellunge.

Science North in Sudbury is northern Ontario's most popular tourist attractionNorth of the French River, you are officially in “Northern Ontario”. Before long the highway gets you to Sudbury, where (south of the actual “city”) is the Trans-Canada Highway. Head left to go west, or right to go east, or north to head into Sudbury and its shopping, accommodation and services. Sudbury is a resource town, primarily nickel, but is also the jumping off sport for many industries, lakes and destinations in the area.

Elevation Chart: Parry Sound to Sudbury

Trans-Canada Highway Itinerary Map

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Itinerary Details

 

KM 
Highway Point & Features
Elev.
(metres)
0Quarry Rd (E) and Parry Sound Dr (W), SW to viewing point of Mill Lake Dam (Parry Sound202.7
1North Rd Overpass (no access) (Parry Sound) 223.7
2.8Exit #228 Highway 124 Parry Sound Dr (W) North access into Parry Sound, access to sports facilities. E to community of Badger’s Corners on the Seguin River (Parry Sound) 216.7
4.5Lake Forests Rd (E) Bayside Rd (W)209.4
5.4Parry Sound Golf and Country Club ESTM. WEST OF Hwy199.9
5.8Gas, services, restaurant, with Portage Lake to E of hwy (Nobel) 197.5
6.3Ryder Rd (W) Services at Highway (West side of highway) (Nobel) 213.1
8Parkway Ave (Nobel) 197.8
9.3Junction of Highway #559 (Shebeshekong Rd), W access to Shawnaga Indian Reserve #17199.6
18.7Woods Rd (W)217
26passing through Shawanaga Indian Reserve 17212.1
27.6Junction of Hwy 559 Shebeshekong Rd206
29Drummont Rd (E)207.6
36.8Junction of Highway # 644 Shore Rd, marina (Pointe au Paril Station) 177.4
39Junction of Highway #529, Access to Sturgeon Bay PP (3 km), Naiscoutang Indian Reserve (13 km), Moose Lake E of hwy196.6
43Bridge over Six Mile Lake188.7
43.7Rd to SW of hwy, access to Naiscoot River Dam202.1
49Crossing Harris River196.3
49.2Harris Lake Rd, W to Naiscoutang Indian Reserve (3 km)190.8
54South boundary of Magnetawan Indian Reserve196
59North boundary of Magnetawan Indian Reserve193.5
62Junction of Highway #529 west to hwy 649 and to community of Byng Inlet (6 km) (Byng Inlet) 190.2
62.5Magetawan River crossing187.1
67Junction #526, access to community of Britt (3 km) (Britt) 179.2
72road junctions (E & W), Henvey Inlet Indian Reserve 2 S boundary (Bekanon) 186.2
72.7Roads at hwy, south boundary of Henvey Inlet Indian Reserve 2, access to Henvey Inlet ( 4 km),182.6
76Key River bridge crossing181.4
77Henvey Inlet Indian Reserve 2 N boundary194.2
79.3Services at Highway (Fuel)180.4
79.4Junction of Highway # 522, E to Grundy Lake Prov Park (2 km), Port Loring (50 km) (Cranberry) 182.6
86.4Road E to community of Pickerel (5 km), French River Indian Reserve200.3
89bridge over Cross Narrows on Cantin Lake178.9
90.3Golf Course Road (E)204.5
91.7Crossing French River188.4
92Community of French River (1 km), marina204.5
94.2Hartley Bay Rd (W) Hwy 607 (E) access to Loon’s Landing camping, marina, French River PP (Bigwood) 204.2
104Junction of Highway #64, E to Rutter, Alban (3 km), Noelville(22 km) and Verner (75 km) on Highway 17 to North Bay (Rutter) 202.4
106Doaust Lake Road (Delamere) 206.3
114Ink Lake, W side of highway203.9
114.5Crossing south arm of Kakaiwaganda Lake200.9
116Point of Interest (Crossing The Murdock River)202.7
119Junction of Lovering Lake Rd and Murdock River Rd224
120.3Passing north arm of Kakaiwaganda Lake199.9
121Junction of Highway 637 (SW) to Killarney Provincial Park and town of Killarney (67 km)234.7
126.4Rd SW to community of Burwash (4 km)236.5
129.4Trout Lake Rd (E)232
131.7Nepewassi Rd (E) to Nepawassi Lake, camping, Rd W to communities of Waterfall and McVitties (Estaire) 218.8
136.7Road E, to Elbow Lake223.1
138.2Wanipitei River crossing, White Pine Chutes (rapids) to NE of highway217
138.4Junction of Highway #537, E to communities of Wanup (5 km), Wahnipitae (19 km), Secord Rd (W)218.8
140.4Rd E to gravel pit/quarry237.1
141.5Bruce St (E)238.7
142.8Horseshoe Lake Rd (W)239.9
143.7Old Wanup Rd (E)248.7
145Dill Lake Rd (W)241.7
146.1Golf Course Rd (W), Pine Grove Golf Club golfing (McFarlane Lake) 243.8
149Richard Lake Rd (NE), Carol Campsite, camping (McFarlane Lake) 239.9
150.8South Lane Rd, to McFarlane Lake and Long Lake (McFarlane Lake) 229.8
152Pioneer Rd (N) and Brockdan Hotel, OPP (police) on S side of hwy (McFarlane Lake) 233.2
153Junction of Highway #17 ( The Trans Canada Highway ) & Highway #69 (The Trans Canada Highway) (Sudbury267.3
KM 
Highway Point & Features
Elev.
(metres)

KM 
Highway Point & Features
Elev.
(metres)
0Junction of Highway #17 ( The Trans Canada Highway ) & Highway #69 (The Trans Canada Highway) (Sudbury267.3
1Pioneer Rd (N) and Brockdan Hotel, OPP (police) on S side of hwy (McFarlane Lake) 233.2
2.2South Lane Rd, to McFarlane Lake and Long Lake (McFarlane Lake) 229.8
4Richard Lake Rd (NE), Carol Campsite, camping (McFarlane Lake) 239.9
6.9Golf Course Rd (W), Pine Grove Golf Club golfing (McFarlane Lake) 243.8
8Dill Lake Rd (W)241.7
9.3Old Wanup Rd (E)248.7
10.2Horseshoe Lake Rd (W)239.9
11.5Bruce St (E)238.7
12.6Rd E to gravel pit/quarry237.1
14.6Junction of Highway #537, E to communities of Wanup (5 km), Wahnipitae (19 km), Secord Rd (W)218.8
14.8Wanipitei River crossing, White Pine Chutes (rapids) to NE of highway217
16.3Road E, to Elbow Lake223.1
21.3Nepewassi Rd (E) to Nepawassi Lake, camping, Rd W to communities of Waterfall and McVitties (Estaire) 218.8
23.6Trout Lake Rd (E)232
26.6Rd SW to community of Burwash (4 km)236.5
32Junction of Highway 637 (SW) to Killarney Provincial Park and town of Killarney (67 km)234.7
32.7Passing north arm of Kakaiwaganda Lake199.9
34Junction of Lovering Lake Rd and Murdock River Rd224
37Point of Interest (Crossing The Murdock River)202.7
38.5Crossing south arm of Kakaiwaganda Lake200.9
39Ink Lake, W side of highway203.9
47Doaust Lake Road (Delamere) 206.3
49Junction of Highway #64, E to Rutter, Alban (3 km), Noelville(22 km) and Verner (75 km) on Highway 17 to North Bay (Rutter) 202.4
58.8Hartley Bay Rd (W) Hwy 607 (E) access to Loon’s Landing camping, marina, French River PP (Bigwood) 204.2
61Community of French River (1 km), marina204.5
61.3Crossing French River188.4
62.7Golf Course Road (E)204.5
64bridge over Cross Narrows on Cantin Lake178.9
66.6Road E to community of Pickerel (5 km), French River Indian Reserve200.3
73.6Junction of Highway # 522, E to Grundy Lake Prov Park (2 km), Port Loring (50 km) (Cranberry) 182.6
73.7Services at Highway (Fuel)180.4
76Henvey Inlet Indian Reserve 2 N boundary194.2
77Key River bridge crossing181.4
80.3Roads at hwy, south boundary of Henvey Inlet Indian Reserve 2, access to Henvey Inlet ( 4 km),182.6
81road junctions (E & W), Henvey Inlet Indian Reserve 2 S boundary (Bekanon) 186.2
86Junction #526, access to community of Britt (3 km) (Britt) 179.2
90.5Magetawan River crossing187.1
91Junction of Highway #529 west to hwy 649 and to community of Byng Inlet (6 km) (Byng Inlet) 190.2
94North boundary of Magnetawan Indian Reserve193.5
99South boundary of Magnetawan Indian Reserve196
103.8Harris Lake Rd, W to Naiscoutang Indian Reserve (3 km)190.8
104Crossing Harris River196.3
109.3Rd to SW of hwy, access to Naiscoot River Dam202.1
110Bridge over Six Mile Lake188.7
114Junction of Highway #529, Access to Sturgeon Bay PP (3 km), Naiscoutang Indian Reserve (13 km), Moose Lake E of hwy196.6
116.2Junction of Highway # 644 Shore Rd, marina (Pointe au Paril Station) 177.4
124Drummont Rd (E)207.6
125.4Junction of Hwy 559 Shebeshekong Rd206
127passing through Shawanaga Indian Reserve 17212.1
134.3Woods Rd (W)217
143.7Junction of Highway #559 (Shebeshekong Rd), W access to Shawnaga Indian Reserve #17199.6
145Parkway Ave (Nobel) 197.8
146.7Ryder Rd (W) Services at Highway (West side of highway) (Nobel) 213.1
147.2Gas, services, restaurant, with Portage Lake to E of hwy (Nobel) 197.5
147.6Parry Sound Golf and Country Club ESTM. WEST OF Hwy199.9
148.5Lake Forests Rd (E) Bayside Rd (W)209.4
150.2Exit #228 Highway 124 Parry Sound Dr (W) North access into Parry Sound, access to sports facilities. E to community of Badger’s Corners on the Seguin River (Parry Sound) 216.7
152North Rd Overpass (no access) (Parry Sound) 223.7
153Quarry Rd (E) and Parry Sound Dr (W), SW to viewing point of Mill Lake Dam (Parry Sound202.7
KM 
Highway Point & Features
Elev.
(metres)