Roadside Attraction: The Midpoint of the Trans Canada Highway

Batchawana Bay, Ontario

Midpoint of the TransCanada Hwy

The Trans Canada Highway is the longest national highway in the world and stretches for 7,821 kilometers (4860 miles). The starting point is in St. John's, Newfoundland and the end point is in Victoria, BC. This unassuming midpoint of the Trans Canada Highway is near Batchawana Bay, Ontario - 82 kilometers north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. A small rest area and cairn commemorates the location.

The plaque reads as follows:

"This plaque stands approximately at the halfway point of the Trans Canada Highway, which runs from St. John's Newfoundland to Victoria, BC. The highway's construction, in conjunction with the provinces, was authorized by the federal parliament in 1949. The official opening for through traffic of this 4860 mile route, of which about 1453 miles are within Ontario, took place on September 3, 1962. However, with the completion of a section of Highway 11 between Longlac and Hearst in 1944, it had been possible previously to cross Ontario from Quebec to Manitoba. The opening of the Trans-Canada Highway provided a shorter first-class route drawing together widely separated regions of Ontario.

Erected by the Ontario Motor League in memory of Dr. Perry E. Doolittle, "Father of Trans-Canada Highway", 1964."