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Highway 638 in Rydal Bank.
Highway 638 is a secondary highway located in the District of Algoma in Ontariomarker. The highway measures 52.1 km in length, extending from Echo Baymarker eastward through the communities of Sylvan Valley, Leeburn and Ophir, where it turns southward and runs south through Rydal Bank, Bruce Station, and finally to its southeastern terminus, also at Highway 17, in the town of Bruce Minesmarker.

Highway 17B

From 2007 to 2009, the highway extended for an additional 15.6 kilometres to a junction with Highway 17 in Sault Ste.marker Mariemarker. The extended route from Echo Bay to Sault Ste. Marie was formerly an alignment of Highway 17, the route of the Trans-Canada Highway through the region, and was redesignated as part of Highway 638 with the completion of a four-lane expressway alignment which opened on October 31, 2007.

However, the Garden River First Nation, citing a 1909 agreement with the province whereby ownership of the highway reverts to the band after realignment, refused to accept the highway being badged as anything other than Highway 17B. The provincial Ministry of Transportation, has decommissioned most B-suffixed highways in Ontario, but the band posted unofficial "Highway 17B" signs at the eastern and western limits of the reserve.

The municipal councils of Sault Ste.marker Mariemarker and Macdonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additionalmarker, which border Garden River on either side and are also located on the route of the disputed roadway, both passed municipal resolutions in 2007 supporting Garden River's position and calling on the province to designate the road as Highway 17B.

As of February 2009, the segment is officially designated as 17B, and the route of Highway 638 once again ends at its original pre-2007 terminus in Echo Bay.


  1. Route of Highway 638 on Google Maps.

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