York Region Ontario Navigation information, listings and links
The big thing to remember is that Lake Ontario is to the south, and Lake Simcoe is to the North. The area is criss-crossed by a grid of roads, courtesy of the planning of British colonial surveyors 150 years ago, which are gradually being upgraded to major roadways as the once-rural population with only small towns has grown into major industrial cities and bedroom communities.
York Region has two main north-south highways. The 400 is in the west, which connects Toronto's west end with Barrie and Ontario's cottage country, as well as to the Trans-Canada Highway at Sudbury and North Bay.. There is the 404 in the east, which connects Newmarket with Toronto's Don Valley Parkway and that city's downtown. Both these connect to the 401 Macdonald-Cartier Freeway which connects Toronto with Kingston, Ottawa and Montreal to the east, and Kitchener, London, Windsor & Detroit to the west.
In between the two is Yonge Street / Highway 11, which is the world's longest street, (which continues north past North Bay, arching across Northern Ontario west to Thunder Bay, Fort Frances and Rainy River) and is a high-volume connector for the region's many major communities into Toronto.
York region has a number of east-west highways. The oldest are the #7 which connects to Peterborough and Ottawa to the east, and to Kitchener-Waterloo and Sarnia to the west, and the #9 which connects Newmarket with Orangeville, continuing to Kincardine on Lake Huron. More recently, the 407 toll highway was build as a northern by-pass of the overcrowded 401, which also serves as a fast way to cross the Region
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