Harbour Expressway

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Harbour Expressway
Harbour Expressway Location Map.svg
Maintained by City of Thunder Bay - Department of Roads
Length 3.5 km (2.2 mi)
West endOntario 11 crown.svgOntario 17 crown.svgTrans-Canada Highway shield.svg Highway 11  / Highway 17  / TCH (Shabaqua Highway)
Ontario 11 crown.svgOntario 17 crown.svgTrans-Canada Highway shield.svg Highway 11  / Highway 17  / TCH (Thunder Bay Expressway)
Memorial Avenue
East end Main Street
Inauguration August 27, 1979 [1]

The Harbour Expressway is a four-lane highway with signalized intersections running the Intercity business district of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.


Thunder Bay City Council looked at renaming the road since it doesn not fit the general definition of an expressway but has decided that it would be unnecessary. [2]

Route description

The entire route of the Harbour Expressway is four lanes and undivided. All intersections are at-grade. Plans to divide the expressway and build interchanges are on hold, and the city of Thunder Bay maintains a right of way for these expansion plans in its official plan. In some places, there is evidence of those plans.

The highway bisects the Intercity area, which is primarily composed of big box retail stores and office parks. The road is one of the busiest in Thunder Bay.


The Harbour Expressway was built along the existing route of Highway 11 and Highway 17, though both now bypass northwest of the expressway and travel along the Thunder Bay Expressway. A contract was awarded to local construction firm Armbro Materials and Construction Limited in 1978. The Harbour Expressway was opened by Transportation Minister James Snow at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 27, 1979. It cost C$3.5 million to construct. [1]

Major intersections

The following table lists the major junctions along Harbour Expressway, as noted by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.The entire route is located in Thunder Bay District.The intersections on the expressway are unnumbered. 

Thunder Bay 0.00.0 Thunder Bay Expressway Continues west as Highway 11  / Highway 17.
1.00.62Golf Links Road
2.21.4Balmoral Street
2.81.7Carrick Street
3.11.9Memorial Avenue
3.32.1 CN Rail mainline crossing
3.52.2Fort William RoadContinues east as Main Street
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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  1. 1 2 "Official Opening of the Harbour Expressway" (Press release). Ministry of Transportation and Communications. August 27, 1979.
  2. TBSource Short meeting at Council [ permanent dead link ], 20 November 2007.