Highway Stop: Well Traveled Postcard
This faux postcard depicts the point where Highway 6 meets Highway17 (Trans-Canada Highway). If you should travel it heading south, you would travel through downtown Espanola and on passing through communities such as Manitowaning, Sheguiandah, and Little Current. At Little Current, Highway 6 crosses the North Channel by the Little Current Swing Bridge, which swings open for 15 minutes of each daylight hour in the summer to allow boats to pass through the channel. This crossing is the only permanent 2-way one-lane bottleneck of the Ontario King’s Highways. down to Manitoulin Island. If it is the right time of the year and you catch the MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry you can continue down to Tobermory. You can continue driving Highway 6 all the way to Saint Patrick Street in the community of Port Dover, which is on the shore of Lake Erie. By time you have finished you will have traveled a total of 480 km (300 mi).
The route that would become Highway 6 was composed of several early wagon trails created during the early settlement of what was then known as Upper Canada. These trails carved through an otherwise barren wilderness, connecting distant townsites. From the 1830s to 1850s these trails were developed into a series of roads. In the 1920s the Ontario’s Department of Public Highways began incorporating these roads. Eventually as the system developed and was adjusted part of it was numbered 6 in 1927.
The Highway passes through Canadian communities, ecosystems, history, and geography. It is very well traveled .