Numbered highways in Canada

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Highways in Canada's provinces and territories

Numbered highways in Canada are split by province, and a majority are maintained by their province or territory transportation department. All highways in Canada are numbered except for three in the Northwest Territories, one in Alberta, one in Ontario, and one in Quebec. Ontario's 7000 series are not marked with their highway number but have been assigned one by the Ministry of Transportation. A number of highways in all provinces are better known locally by their name rather than their number. Some highways have additional letters added to their number: A is typically an alternate route, B is typically a business route, and other letters are used for bypass (truck) routes, connector routes, scenic routes, and spur routes. The territory of Nunavut has no highways.


This is a breakdown of the classifications of highways in each province, and an example shield of each classification where available.



British Columbia


New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia


Provincial highways (the King's Highway) in Ontario are divided into four classes:

  • Hwy 2-148, 400-427, QEW — primary highways
    • Ontario 11.svg Hwy 2-148 — intercity (ex:Highway 11) usually with at-grade intersections
    • Ontario 401.svg 400-427 — 400-series freeways and limited-access highways
    • The Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) is a de facto part of the 400-series, and is given a numerical designation of 451 in some documents, although this number is not posted on the road itself
  • Ontario Highway 502.svg Hwy 500-699 — secondary highways (ex:Highway 502)
  • Ontario Highway 808.svg Hwy 800-813 — tertiary highways (ex:Highway 808)
  • 7000-series — resource & industrial roads (unmarked) or short stubs connecting numbered highways

Prince Edward Island



Northwest Territories

Yellowknife Highway Shield.svg There are currently eight territorial highways in the Northwest Territories. All eight are named and numbered 1-8. There is also the Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road which extends the Dempster Highway (Highway 8), the Mackenzie Valley winter road system that extends Northwest Territories Highway 1, the Tlicho winter road system extending from the Yellowknife Highway and the Ingraham Trail, and the Dettah Ice Road extending from Yellowknife to the community of Dettah.


There are a number of roads and highways in Nunavut; none are yet numbered.


Yukon Highway 4.svg There are currently fourteen territorial highways in Yukon. All fourteen are named and numbered 1-11, 14-15, & 37.

See also