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Ontario: #17 Marathon to Wawa

 

Here is the itinerary of the 180 km along #17 between Marathon and Wawa:

Route Overview  

The forests in this leg of the Trans-Canada indicate a major shift in eco-zones. The forests north of Wawa are most coniferous Boreal Forest, while the forests south of Wawa are mixed deciduous-coniferous which are part of the Great-lakes St Lawrence ecozone.

Marathon was a company town, which used to be a fur trading post which grew to a population of about 2500 in the 1940s when the Marathon Corporation of Canada (now part of American Can Company) built a kraft pulp mill there.

Heron Bay is 5 km south of the Trans-Canada, at highway #627, which continues south to the Pic River Indian Reserve and Pukaskwa National Park. This town was built by the Ontario Paper Company, which used Great Lakes freighters to ship logs from the nearby Black River and Pic River valleys to their plant near St Catherines. When the company switched to rail transport in the 1960s they abandoned the town.

White River is in a "bowl" which shelters is from Lake Superior's moderating influence, and because colder air falls down, it tends to be colder than surrounding communities. White River was settled as a Canadian Pacific Railway deport.

About midway between White River and Wawa is the Obatanaga Provincial Park. It has several large lakes and is popular with shorebirds. Southeast of this park the terrain moves into an area rich in iron. The iron found in this region was a key factor in locating a major steel plant at Sault Ste Marie, where access to the Great Lakes enabled shipment of finished steel to manufacturers in both Canada and the US.

Wawa was built on terraces left behind by the receding shorelines of Ice Age glacial lakes (just like the terraces at Terrace Bay, to the west). Wawa boomed due to a chance gold discovery in 1896, but after the gold petered out, the prospectors shifted to iron required by American industry.

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Next West: Thunder Bay to Marathon

Next East: Wawa to Sault Ste Marie



Ontario Highways road condition reports for this segment.

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Junction Hwy 101, Wawa Info Centre, N to Wawa airport, town of Wawa, all services (Wawa) 
282.5 
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Web Link Trans-Canada Highway or FoundLocally LinkMunicipality of Wawa, 3 km to the N of the highway..


Highway 101, as Mission Rd in to Wawa, continues E to Chapleau..


Web Link Trans-Canada Highway or FoundLocally LinkChapleau, pop. 2300, 130 km E of highway..


Web LinkAlgoma Motel..


Web LinkBeaver Motel..


Web LinkBest Northern Resort & Restaurant..


Web LinkBristol Motel..


Web LinkCamp Michi Wawa..


Web LinkHigh Falls Motel and Cabins..


Web LinkLakeview Hotel..


Lakewood Motel..


Web LinkMystic Isle Motel..


Trans-Canada Highway or FoundLocally LinkNorthern Lights Motel & Breakfast..


Trans-Canada Highway or FoundLocally LinkParkway Motel, 3 km S of junction, on Highway 17..


Miss Ellie's Bed & Breakfast..


Wawa Motor Inn..


Web LinkMichipicoten's 9 Hole Golf Course..


Web Link Trans-Canada Highway or FoundLocally LinkVisitor Information Centre, with the famous statue of the Wawa Canada Goose. public washrooms...


Web LinkLady Dunn Health Centre, 3.7 km Nof highway, via Hwy 101 & Broadway Ave..

Cross Magpie River (Wawa) 
249.6 
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Magpie River Rd, S to Wawa RV Resort & Campground (Wawa) 
254.5 
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Web LinkWawa RV Resort & Campground..

Services, W side of Hwy
295 
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Services, W side of Hwy
289.3 
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Hwy 519 N to Dubreuilville & Algoma Central Railway
440.7 
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Town of Dubreuilville, pop. 900, 35 km NE of highway..

54 
Obatanga Provincial Park, S of hwy
422.8 
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Web LinkObatanga Provincial Park, with 32 lakes, day-use area, camping, water sports, winter sports...

61 
Services, Lodging, E side of hwy
429.2 
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63 
Passing Hammer Lake, lake is to W of highway for 6 km
427.9 
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74 
Roadside Turnout, picnic area, west side of hwy
438.3 
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85 
crossing small lake
406.9 
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86 
creek crossing
398.1 
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90 
Highway Junction Hwy 631, S to town of White River (services along the hwy) (White River) 
375.5 
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Web Link Trans-Canada Highway or FoundLocally LinkTown of White River, to S of highway..


Web LinkWhite River Heritage Museum, celebrating the home of Winnie the Pooh, the early CPR, and AJ Cason of the Group of Seven painters...


Continental Hotel and Restaurant ..


Web LinkWhite River Motel..


Web LinkTownship of Hornepayne, 97 km NE of highway..


Winnie the Pooh Statue in White River..


Thermometer at east entrance to White River, marking coldest spot in Canada..

108 
Crossing White River
345 
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Crossing White River
342 
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Road S to Pic Mobert North Indian Reserve, and town of Mobert (8 km) and access to Pukuskwa National Park
356.6 
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Web LinkPic Mobert North Indian Reserve, on east shore of White Lake..


Access to Pukuskwa National Park, via White River..

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Bridge over White Lake
322.5 
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Over east side of White Lake..


White Lake Provincial Park, south of highway, on west side of White Lake. Camping, water sports, sandy beaches winter sports...

127 
Bridge over Dunc Lake
322.5 
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over northern portion of Dunc Lake..

135 
Cedar Lake S of hwy
312.4 
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Junction Hwy 614 N to Manitouwadge (58 km), Roadside turnout on S side just W of junction
312.1 
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Township of Manitouwadge, pop. 2300, 58 km N of highway. Home to Golden Giant gold mine...


Early 1980s, gold was discovered at Hemlo, near highway junction. Several open pit mines in the area,..


small rest stops with bathrooms just to W of junction. both sides of highway..


Web LinkPrairie Lake Project uranium mine, operated by Nuinsco Resources Limited, 28 km N of Hihgway

145 
Gravel Pit mine to N of hwy
321.6 
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Passing Lake S side of hwy
260.6 
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Rious Lake to S of highway, about 1.7 across...

167 
Crossing Black River
240.2 
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hwy 627, S to Pic River Indian Reserve 50
212.8 
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Web LinkOjibways of the Pic River First Nation..


community of Heron Bay, 10 km S of highway, in the Pic River 50 Reserve..


mouth of Pic River is 20 km S of highway, and has sandy beaches with dunes on the N side of the river's mouth...


Web LinkPukaskwa National Park, Hattie Cove entrance. Pukaskwa is the only wilderness national park in Ontario...

173 
Crossing Pic River
197.5 
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Pedestrian bridge on N side of hihgway, accessed by trails along S side of highway (go figure!)..

176 
East access to Marathon, all services, OPP (Marathon) 
311.8 
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Trans-Canada Highway or FoundLocally LinkSuperior Slopes Ski Hill, just W of highway junction. Ski hill (325 ft, 11 runs) slopes away form the road...


Gravel pits on N side of highway, one a km E of junction, 1 a km W of junction...


Web LinkCraig's Pit Provincial Park, 5 km SW of highway. Hiking trails to access glacial kettles in gravel beds. No facilities...


south side of highway, beside Superior Slopes Ski Hill..


Service station on N (westbound) side of highway, about 1.3 km W of this junction...

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Peninsula Rd, (W) to north access to Marathon (5 km), all services (Marathon) 
316.1 
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Web LinkMarathon Municipal Airport (CYSP), just NW of highway..


Web Link Trans-Canada Highway or FoundLocally LinkTown of Marathon, about 2.5 km SW of highway..


Web LinkMarathon District Museum..


Web LinkMink Creek Falls..


Web LinkPeninsula Golf Course, 9 holes designed by Stanley Thompson..


Trans-Canada Highway or FoundLocally LinkBest Western Airport Motor Inn..


Lakeview Manor..


Marathon Harbour Inn ..


Web LinkPeninsula Inn..


Web LinkTravelodge Marathon..


Web LinkWayfare Inn, /4 mile west of Marathon Intersection..


Web LinkPic River Guest Suite..


Web LinkPenn Lake Park campground,2 km from highway, in-town..

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