Ontario Highway 65

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Highway 65

Route information
Maintained by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario
Length123.3 km[2] (76.6 mi)
ExistedAugust 7, 1937[1]–present
Major junctions
West end Highway 66 near Matachewan
Major intersections Highway 560 in Elk Lake
 Highway 11 near New Liskeard
East endOntario–Quebec border near Notre-Dame-du-Nord
Highway system
Highway 64 Highway 66
Highway 65 (in distance) near Sutton Bay

King's Highway 65, commonly referred to as Highway 65, is a provincially maintained highway in the Canadian province of Ontario. The route begins at Highway 66 and travels 123.3 kilometres (76.6 mi) southeast to the Quebec border. At its midpoint, the route is concurrent with Highway 11.

Highway 65 was assumed in 1937 following the merger of the Department of Northern Development (DND) with the Department of Highways (DHO). It initially connected Matachewan with Highway 11 at New Liskeard, but was extended east to the Quebec border in 1956. The route has remained unchanged since.

Route description

Highway 65 travels from Highway 66 at a junction east of Matachewan, southeast to New Liskeard then northeast to the Quebec provincial border. The total length of Highway 65 is 123.3 kilometres (76.6 mi). With the exception of the community of Elk Lake, the section of the route between Highway 66 and Highway 11 passes through a remote and sparsely populated wilderness. The route becomes concurrent with Highway 11 and follows that route north for 2.7 kilometres (1.7 mi), bypassing the urban section of New Liskeard in the process.[3] Highway 65 is entirely situated in Timiskaming District. It travels through the communities of Elk Lake, Kenabeek and New Liskeard.

The route's continuation into Quebec does not have a provincial route number, but has developed the name 'Rue Ontario' by the local town of Notre-Dame-du-Nord. Rue Ontario ends at Route 101 in Notre-Dame-du-Nord, 2.6 kilometres (1.6 mi) east of the provincial border.

Like other provincial routes in Ontario, Highway 65 is maintained by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. In 2010, traffic surveys conducted by the ministry showed that on average, 4,200 vehicles used the highway daily along the section between Highway 11 and Armstrong Street in New Liskeard while 190 vehicles did so each day along the section between Highway 66 and the bridge over Sydney Creek, the highest and lowest counts along the highway, respectively.[2]


Highway 65 was first established on August 7, 1937, when the New Liskeard to Matachewan Road was assumed by the DHO in the days following its merger with the DND on April 1.[1][4] The route, which initially ended in the east at Highway 11 (the Ferguson Highway), was extended 22.5 kilometres (14.0 mi) east to the Ontario–Quebec border on February 22, 1956.[1] It has remained unchanged since.[3]

Major intersections

The following table lists the major junctions along Highway 65, as noted by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.[2] 

TimiskamingUnorganized West Timiskaming District0.00.0 Highway 66Matachewan, Kirkland Lake
Elk Lake32.952.9 Highway 560 west (Gowganda Road) – Gowganda, Shining TreeBeginning of Highway 560 concurrency
33.954.6 Highway 560 east (Rosedale Avenue) – CharltonEnd of Highway 560 concurrency
McCool71.3114.7 Highway 562 north – Thornloe
New Liskeard97.9157.6 Highway 11 south / TCH – North BayBeginning of unsigned concurrency with Highway 11
100.6161.9 Highway 11 north / TCH – CochraneEnd of unsigned concurrency with Highway 11
101.4163.2Armstrong StreetFormer  Highway 11B
Casey Township118.5190.7Casey Mine Road (south) / Development Road (north)
123.3198.4Ontario–Quebec border
Notre-Dame-du-Nord125.9202.6 R-101 – Rouyn-Noranda, Ville-Marie
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c "Appendix No. 3 - Schedule of Assumptions and Reversions of Sections of the King's Highway System for the Year Ending March 31, 1938". Annual Report (Report). Department of Highways. March 31, 1938. p. 80. Retrieved February 3, 2021 – via Internet Archive.
  2. ^ a b c Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (2016). "Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) counts". Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Ontario Back Road Atlas (Map). Cartography by MapArt. Peter Heiler. 2010. p. 105. §§ J17–18. ISBN 978-1-55198-226-7.
  4. ^ Shragge, John; Bagnato, Sharon (1984). From Footpaths to Freeways. Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Historical Committee. p. 71. ISBN 0-7743-9388-2.

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