International Bridge at Sault Ste Marie (bring you rpassport)

Why travel between Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury?

This stretch of the Trans-Canada follows the St Mary’s River from Lake Superior into Lake Huron, and then parallels the scenic 250 kilometer long North Channel, which separates Manitoulin Island (the largest island in a lake in the world) from the mainland. You cross several stunning northern rivers, pass through a few First Nations reserves, and see lots of great Canadian Shield geography. At Espanola you can take a detour south onto Manitoulin Island (see our Tours & Detours for details)

Here is the itinerary for the 301 km along Highway #17 from Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury:

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At the end of the last Ice Age, Lake Nippissing was larger than all of the Great Lakes, and its melt waters flowed eastward via North Bay to the Ottawa River. As the land rose, without the weight of the now receding 2 kilometer thick ice sheet, the Ottawa River route was blocked and the modern south-flowing route via the Great Lakes began to form. Sand and silts of the former lake bottom, littered with “erratic” boulders and stones dropped by the glaciers and subsequent melt waters, were quickly overgrown with spruce.

The St Mary’s River is the waterway that lets water from Lake Superior flow into the lower Great Lakes. There are great views along the waterfront, particularly at Bondar Park and at the International bridge. Travellers to/from the east, will not see St Lawrence shipping , since the freighters use the American Locks and travel south of Sugar Island, on the American side.

St Mary's River near St Josephs IslandDesbarats is the access point for the very scenic St Joseph’s Island. This 220 square mile island marks the northern terminus of the Niagara Escarpment (of which Manitoulin Island is also a part), It has a lake-moderated client, and has many trees and plants more common in southern Ontario, including maple and beech. Along the southern edge of the Island are prime lake freighter watching locations.
Loonie Memorial in Echo Bay
Between Manitoulin Island and the north shore of Lake Huron is the North Channel. This was long home to a commercial fishery, centered around Thessalon and Blind River, until the opening of the Welland Canal caused the invasion of the parasitic sea lamprey from the Atlantic Ocean, reducing catches in the 1960s. The North Channel is still a recreational boating paradise, being protected from Lake Huron storms.

Bruce Mines was a copper mine that was active from 1846 to 1876. The town also has a colony of double-crested cormorants. Between Bruce Mines and Blind River are patches of fertile but poorly-drained clay coils, that attracted farmers in the early settlement days, but are beginning to revert to forest. The Mississagi River, once used for transporting logs from the forest to Great Lakes shipping at Blind River, is now dammed for hydro-electic power.

Blind River's Timber Village MuseumBetween Blind River and Massey, the lakeshore follows the Murray Fault, an east-west fracture running pretty-well parallel to the highway. This fault was filled in by gravel and silt during the Ice Age, providing a relatively flat surface for highway and railway lines. Unfortunately, a high water table (and an acidic one at that) have made the ground more suitable for swamp than for farming. Travellers will notice black spruce and alder trees in the wetter areas, with white pine and trembling aspen in higher areas.Beaver lodge alnog the Trans-Canada

North Channel Sign at EspanolaSerpent River has a brilliant azure blue colour, and can be seen from a rest stop beside the river. Elliot Lake (25 km up highway 108 from Serpent River) is a leading producer of radioactive uranium, from a mine that dates back to the 1950s, extracting the element form a quartz pebble conglomerate that was formed about 2-1.2 billion years ago.

From Espanola, home to a large pulp mill, travelers can access Manitoulin Island, which at 4112 square kilometers (1588 sq miles) is the larges freshwater island in the world. It is even home to the world’s largest lake-on-an-island-in-a-lake in the world. Manitoulin was scoured clean by the Ice Age glaciers and has little arable land. The highway to manitoulin skips over a number of small islands. Highway 6 also connects to a ferry that connects Manitoulin Island to Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula, which can be a scenic shortcut to southern Ontario or part of a “Great Circle Tour” around Georgian Bay.

Highway Notes

Starting the summer of 2010, the Garden River Indian Band, located just east of Sault Ste Marie, will begin charging a “toll” for a short stretch of the Trans-Canada to offset Ontario’s adoption of the HST (harmonized sales tax) and the band’s loss of exemption from sales taxes. No rate has been set at this time.

Elevation Chart: Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury

Elevation Chart: Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury

Trans-Canada Highway Itinerary Map

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0Park St (Mattawa ) 170.4

 

0Pine Street, Mattawa Train Station, Tourist Information Centre (Mattawa ) 162.5

 

0Junction Valois Drive (17S), Main St (Highway 533 N), and McConnal St (Hwy 17 W) (Mattawa ) 159.7

 

2Chenier Rd (S)169.2

 

2Louis St (N) services (Mattawa ) 166.4

 

4Champlain Lake Rd, accommodation175.3

 

5Old Highway 17 (N) & Nealt Rd (N)177.1

 

7Taggatt Lake Rd (S)191.4

 

9Old Highway 17 (N)221.9

 

11Boundary Rd (S)200.9

 

18Highway Junction #630185.3

 

18Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park183.2

 

27Talon Lake Rd, Rutherglen240.5

 

32Trout Pond Rd (S), Pine Lake Rd (N) to Mattawa River PP (4 km)255.1

 

36Highway Junction #531 S to Bonfield, accommodation220.1

 

48Highway 94, gas223.7

 

55Trout Lake, view to N199.9

 

56Truck stop on N side of hwy207.6

 

56Bayview Rd, Race track and Go-cart track on N side of hwy206.3

 

58Acme Rd (S), Twin Lake N, services207.3

 

58Lake to N of hwy207.6

 

59Exit to #11 South to Barrie, Toronto (North Bay) 203.9

 

60Major intersection #17B Fisher St (W) (North Bay) 204.2

 

60Railway level crossing (North Bay) 208.8

 

60Seymour St intersection (North Bay) 209.4

 

61Major intersection #63 Cassells St (W) and Trout Lake Rd (E) (North Bay) 202.1

 

62Obrien St (North Bay) 218.8

 

62Frost St N (WB only) (North Bay) 216.4

 

63Major intersection Highway 11B (N) shopping, all services, Algonquin Ave (S) all services (North Bay) 235

 

65Cormanville Rd intersection (North Bay) 216.4

 

66east boundary of Nipissing Indian Reserve 10 south of highway (North Bay) 211.2

 

67Highway Junction #17B North Bay city centre west access (North Bay) 209.7

 

68RV dealer S side of hwy220.1

 

83Beacage Park Rd (S)200.6

 

86Crossing Little Sturgeon River202.1

 

87Riding Stable Rd (N)200.3

 

96Golf Course Rd (N) west boundary of Nipissing Indian Reserve 10 south of highway210

 

99Coursol Rd, all services to W (Sturgeon Falls ) 208.8

 

100Ottawa St, OPP, Highway 64 N, to Marten River Provincial Park, Cobalt, Kirkland Lake, Cochrane (Sturgeon Falls ) 209.7

 

100Sturgeon River crossing, Historical Plaque, S side (Sturgeon Falls ) 197.2

 

100King Street, all services to E (Sturgeon Falls ) 207.6

 

104Levac Rd (W), services and accommodation, Drive-In Rd (E) (Cache Bay) 202.4

 

114Avenue Gingras (S) access to Verner (Verner) 202.1

 

116Highway 64 S (Verner) 205.7

 

117Hwy 575 (N) and Cartier St (S) to Old Highway 17 to west (Verner) 208.8

 

123Deer Lake Rd (N) (Verner) 202.4

 

128Old Highway 17 (S) heading east, Picnic grounds on north side of highway203.3

 

131Highway 539 N to Warren, Nipissing Rd (S) (Warren) 203

 

136River Crossing202.4

 

138Labine Rd, W to Hagar (Hagar) 217.9

 

139Highway 535, S to Hagar (Hagar) 222.8

 

146Picnic grounds on north side of highway206

 

150Main St (N) to Markstay, (Markstay) 235.6

 

152Pioneer St W, west access to Markstay, services (Markstay) 212.8

 

155Chain Lake Rd (S). MacLean Rd (NO224.3

 

159Kukagami Rd (N)259.4

 

162Sunset Rd261.8

 

167Mill Rd (N) (Wahnapitae) 254.2

 

167Norvic Motel, S side of hwy254.8

 

170Colonization Rd (N) to Lake Wanapitae, Hwy 537 (Hill St) S to town of Wanup (14 km)and Hwy 69 (Wahnapitae) 260.3

 

171Mountain View ST (N) Glenbower Cr (S)237.1

 

171Wanapitae River Crossing239.9

 

173CPR Railway underpass (Coniston) 258.2

 

175Highway 90 (N) N to Garson (8 km), Falconbridge, Sudbury Airport (17 km) and Wanapitei Lake (22 km) (Coniston) 247.8

 

175Birch St access to Hwy 67 W to Coniston (Coniston) 248.4

 

176Highway Junction #74, S to Coniston, smelter, services, accommodation, small airfield, Nickel Centre Information Centre246.9

 

179Highway 55 Intersection W to Sudbury, via Kingsway (9 km) all services (Sudbury) 255.4

 

180CP Rail overpass & intersection Highway 67 W to Sudbury via Bancroft Dr, Allan St E to Coniston (2 km) (Sudbury) 278

 

185Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, eastern boundary (Sudbury) 271.6

 

187Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, western boundary (Sudbury) 270.1

 

190Major Interchange Highway 46 (Regent St) N into Sudbury, all services & hospital, and Highway 69 S to OPP, Parry Sound, Barrie, Toronto (Sudbury) 266.1

 

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0Major Interchange Highway 46 (Regent St) N into Sudbury, all services & hospital, and Highway 69 S to OPP, Parry Sound, Barrie, Toronto (Sudbury) 266.1

 

3Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, western boundary (Sudbury) 270.1

 

5Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, eastern boundary (Sudbury) 271.6

 

10CP Rail overpass & intersection Highway 67 W to Sudbury via Bancroft Dr, Allan St E to Coniston (2 km) (Sudbury) 278

 

11Highway 55 Intersection W to Sudbury, via Kingsway (9 km) all services (Sudbury) 255.4

 

14Highway Junction #74, S to Coniston, smelter, services, accommodation, small airfield, Nickel Centre Information Centre246.9

 

15Highway 90 (N) N to Garson (8 km), Falconbridge, Sudbury Airport (17 km) and Wanapitei Lake (22 km) (Coniston) 247.8

 

15Birch St access to Hwy 67 W to Coniston (Coniston) 248.4

 

17CPR Railway underpass (Coniston) 258.2

 

19Mountain View ST (N) Glenbower Cr (S)237.1

 

19Wanapitae River Crossing239.9

 

20Colonization Rd (N) to Lake Wanapitae, Hwy 537 (Hill St) S to town of Wanup (14 km)and Hwy 69 (Wahnapitae) 260.3

 

23Mill Rd (N) (Wahnapitae) 254.2

 

23Norvic Motel, S side of hwy254.8

 

28Sunset Rd261.8

 

31Kukagami Rd (N)259.4

 

35Chain Lake Rd (S). MacLean Rd (NO224.3

 

38Pioneer St W, west access to Markstay, services (Markstay) 212.8

 

40Main St (N) to Markstay, (Markstay) 235.6

 

44Picnic grounds on north side of highway206

 

51Highway 535, S to Hagar (Hagar) 222.8

 

52Labine Rd, W to Hagar (Hagar) 217.9

 

54River Crossing202.4

 

59Highway 539 N to Warren, Nipissing Rd (S) (Warren) 203

 

62Old Highway 17 (S) heading east, Picnic grounds on north side of highway203.3

 

67Deer Lake Rd (N) (Verner) 202.4

 

73Hwy 575 (N) and Cartier St (S) to Old Highway 17 to west (Verner) 208.8

 

74Highway 64 S (Verner) 205.7

 

76Avenue Gingras (S) access to Verner (Verner) 202.1

 

86Levac Rd (W), services and accommodation, Drive-In Rd (E) (Cache Bay) 202.4

 

90Ottawa St, OPP, Highway 64 N, to Marten River Provincial Park, Cobalt, Kirkland Lake, Cochrane (Sturgeon Falls ) 209.7

 

90Sturgeon River crossing, Historical Plaque, S side (Sturgeon Falls ) 197.2

 

90King Street, all services to E (Sturgeon Falls ) 207.6

 

91Coursol Rd, all services to W (Sturgeon Falls ) 208.8

 

94Golf Course Rd (N) west boundary of Nipissing Indian Reserve 10 south of highway210

 

103Riding Stable Rd (N)200.3

 

104Crossing Little Sturgeon River202.1

 

107Beacage Park Rd (S)200.6

 

122RV dealer S side of hwy220.1

 

123Highway Junction #17B North Bay city centre west access (North Bay) 209.7

 

124east boundary of Nipissing Indian Reserve 10 south of highway (North Bay) 211.2

 

125Cormanville Rd intersection (North Bay) 216.4

 

127Major intersection Highway 11B (N) shopping, all services, Algonquin Ave (S) all services (North Bay) 235

 

128Obrien St (North Bay) 218.8

 

128Frost St N (WB only) (North Bay) 216.4

 

129Major intersection #63 Cassells St (W) and Trout Lake Rd (E) (North Bay) 202.1

 

130Major intersection #17B Fisher St (W) (North Bay) 204.2

 

130Railway level crossing (North Bay) 208.8

 

130Seymour St intersection (North Bay) 209.4

 

131Exit to #11 South to Barrie, Toronto (North Bay) 203.9

 

132Acme Rd (S), Twin Lake N, services207.3

 

132Lake to N of hwy207.6

 

134Truck stop on N side of hwy207.6

 

134Bayview Rd, Race track and Go-cart track on N side of hwy206.3

 

135Trout Lake, view to N199.9

 

142Highway 94, gas223.7

 

154Highway Junction #531 S to Bonfield, accommodation220.1

 

158Trout Pond Rd (S), Pine Lake Rd (N) to Mattawa River PP (4 km)255.1

 

163Talon Lake Rd, Rutherglen240.5

 

172Highway Junction #630185.3

 

172Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park183.2

 

179Boundary Rd (S)200.9

 

181Old Highway 17 (N)221.9

 

183Taggatt Lake Rd (S)191.4

 

185Old Highway 17 (N) & Nealt Rd (N)177.1

 

186Champlain Lake Rd, accommodation175.3

 

188Chenier Rd (S)169.2

 

188Louis St (N) services (Mattawa ) 166.4

 

190Park St (Mattawa ) 170.4

 

190Pine Street, Mattawa Train Station, Tourist Information Centre (Mattawa ) 162.5

 

190Junction Valois Drive (17S), Main St (Highway 533 N), and McConnal St (Hwy 17 W) (Mattawa ) 159.7

 

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