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Highway 36
Kawartha Lakes Road 36
Peterborough County Road 36
Route information
Maintained by City of Kawartha Lakes and County of Peterborough
Length 73.4 km[2] (45.6 mi)
Existed July 1, 1931[1] – January 1, 1998[3]
Major junctions
West end  Highway 7 in Lindsay
  Highway 649 in Bobcaygeon
 Highway 507 near Flynns
East end  Highway 28 in Burleigh Falls
Divisions Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough County
Towns Lindsay, Dunsford, Bobcaygeon, Buckhorn, Burleigh Falls
Highway system
←  Highway 35   Highway 37  →

King's Highway 36, commonly referred to as Highway 36, was a provincially maintained highway in the Canadian province of Ontario. The highway connected Highway 7 and Highway 35 in Lindsay with Highway 28 in Burleigh Falls, providing access to recreational cottages along the northern shore of several of the Kawartha lakes as well as to multiple communities, including Bobcaygeon. Today it is known as Kawartha Lakes City Road 36 and Peterborough County Road 36.

The route was first assumed in 1931 as a depression relief project and extended in 1937. It remained generally unchanged for the next 60 years before being decommissioned in 1998. However, a realignment near Lindsay in the late 1950s changed the southern terminus of the route from the centre of the town to southeast of it; the original route through Lindsay became Highway 36B and is now known as Kawartha Lakes Road 17.

Route description

Highway 36 from atop the Kawartha Rail Trail crossing, facing north

The route and surroundings of former Highway 36 have largely remained unaltered since the highway was decommissioned in 1998. Within the City of Kawartha Lakes, the road is now known as Kawartha Lakes Road 36, while within the County of Peterborough, it is known as Peterborough County Road 36.[4]

The route begins east of Lindsay at an intersection with Highway 7 and progresses north, crossing a former railway (now the Kawartha Rail Trail) before intersecting Kawartha Lakes Road 17.[4] The western leg of Road 17, which travels to downtown Lindsay, was the original route of Highway 36 and later became Highway 36B.[5][6] Continuing north, Highway 36 jogs north and east, serving cottages and communities lining the southern shore of Sturgeon Lake, but remains inland by over a kilometre (0.6 mi) itself. At Dunsford, which is bypassed, the highway intersects Kawartha Lakes Roads 7 and 24 — the former travels south to Omemee and the latter provides an alternative route to Bobcaygeon. Former Highway 36 continues, alternating directions between east and north twice before entering the village of Bobcaygeon.[4]

Within Bobcaygeon, Highway 36 crosses the Trent–Severn Waterway and intersects the eastern end of Kawartha Lakes Road 8. At this point it is following the southernmost section of the Bobcaygeon Colonization Road. At the intersection with Main Street in the northern end of the village, the route turns northeast while former Highway 649 continues north.[4]

Exiting Bobcaygeon, the former highway serves cottages along the northern shore of Pigeon Lake and Little Bald Lake.[4] After passing Nogies Creek, the highway descends a hill and encounters the Canadian Shield for the first time. The road runs along the border of the Precambrian shield and the Ordovician limestone plateau en route to Burleigh Falls. The shield lies to the north and is overlain by the plateau to the south.[7] The highway turns south at Flynns Corner, intersecting former Highway 507. It enters the town of Buckhorn from the north, then drivers must turn to remain on the route, which exits the town to the east. Between Buckhorn and Burleigh Falls, the highway serves the cottages that line the northern shore of Lower Buckhorn Lake.[4]

Highway 36 south of Bobcaygeon in 1934


Highway 36 was first assumed by the Department of Highways (DHO) on July 1, 1931, and was one of several highways completed as part of a depression–relief program. The highway initially connected downtown Lindsay with Bobcaygeon.[1] This section was fully paved by the end of 1937. On August 11, 1937, the DHO extended the highway east to Highway 28 at Burleigh Falls.[8]

Highway 36 remained essentially unchanged between 1937 and 1997,[5] with the exception of a being rerouted east of Lindsay in 1958.[6][9] However, on January 1, 1998, the entirety of Highway 36 was downloaded to Victoria County and Peterborough County,[3] both of which redesignated it as County Road 36. Victoria County became the City of Kawartha Lakes in 2001, and that section of the route is now known as City Road 36.[4]

Major intersections

The following table lists the major junctions along Highway 36, as noted by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.[2] In addition, it includes some minor junctions. 

Division Location km[2] mi Destinations Notes
Kawartha Lakes Lindsay 0.0 0.0  Highway 7 – Peterborough, Toronto
3.3 2.1 Highway 36B west (Queen Street)
3.6 2.2  City Road 17 east (Pigeon Lake Road)
Verulam Township 14.1 8.8  City Road 11 (Pleasant Point Road)
Dunsford 19.3 12.0  City Road 7 (Thurstonia Road)
Verulam Township 20.1 12.5  City Road 24 – Bobcaygeon
22.1 13.7
Emily Creek bridge
32.4 20.1  City Road 17 south (Pigeon Lake Road)
Bobcaygeon 35.3 21.9  City Road 24 (King Street) – Dunsford
36.3 22.6  City Road 8 west (Duke Street) – Fenelon Falls
36.5 22.7 Highway 649 north – Kinmount
Peterborough Flynns 52.6 32.7  Highway 507 north – Gooderham
Buckhorn 59.9 37.2  Highway 507 south
Burleigh Falls 73.4 45.6  Highway 28 – Lakefield, Bancroft
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b "Appendix 5 - Schedule of Assumptions and Reversions of Sections". Annual Report (Report). Department of Highways. March 31, 1932. p. 78. 
  2. ^ a b Provincial Highways Distance Table. Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. 1989. p. 59. ISSN 0825-5350. 
  3. ^ a b Highway Transfers List - "Who Does What" (Report). Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. June 20, 2001. pp. 12, 14. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Mapart (2010). Ontario Back Road Atlas (Map). Peter Heiler Ltd. pp. 32, 44. § Z37–C42. ISBN 978-1-55198-226-7. 
  5. ^ a b Ontario Road Map (Map). Cartography by C.P. Robins. Ontario Department of Highways. 1938–39. § M6–N7. 
  6. ^ a b Ontario Road Map (Map). Cartography by C.P. Robins. Ontario Department of Highways. 1959. Lindsay inset. 
  7. ^ Trent Conservation Coalition (2004), Paleozoic Region - Bedrock Topography and Geology (PDF), Ontario Ministry of Environment, retrieved December 26, 2009 
  8. ^ "Appendix 3 - Schedule of Assumptions and Reversions of Sections". Annual Report (Report). Department of Highways. March 31, 1938. p. 81. 
  9. ^ Ontario Road Map (Map). Cartography by C.P. Robins. Ontario Department of Highways. 1958. Lindsay inset. 
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