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This graphic released January 7, 2021, indicates Rest Area scheduled to be created or refurbished by the Province of Ontario.
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Rest Stops: 2 new, 8 refurbished, 18 projects yet to start

On January 7, 2021, Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney announced that Ontario would invest in Rest Stops.

“The Ontario government is improving 14 existing truck rest areas, building 10 new rest areas and adding 178 additional truck parking spaces at four existing ONroute travel plazas. This is part of the province’s five-year plan to keep Ontario’s roads and highways among the safest in North America and maintain the safe movement of essential goods,” stated the press release.

A little over two years later, Road Warrior News has received updated information on the current status of the Rest Stop expansion and improvement plan, as detailed below. It appears four additional projects have been added as “refurbishments,” which may be limited to adding new parking spaces. Two new projects have been opened, and eight refurbishments are complete. The remaining projects are still in the design phase.

LocationProject DescriptionEstimated Year of CompletionStatus
Gananoque truck rest area on Highway 401 westboundConversion of the former westbound commercial vehicle inspection facility to a truck rest area. Increasing truck parking to 29 spaces.2021 Completed
Truck rest area along Highway 402 near SarniaNew construction at the former Sarnia North commercial vehicle inspection facility on Highway 402 to convert the facility into a new truck rest area.2021 Completed
Bainsville ONrouteIncreasing truck parking at the existing ONroute.2021 
Cambridge North ONrouteIncreasing truck parking at the existing ONroute.2021 Design phase
Cambridge South ONrouteIncreasing truck parking at the existing ONroute.2021 Design phase
Ontario/Manitoba rest area along Highway 17Rehab and expanding existing facilities. Work includes enhanced lighting, renovating interior and exterior washrooms, improved heating/insulation, provide WIFI, and new information kiosks.2021 Completed
Umfreville rest area along Highway 72Entrance improvements at the existing rest area.2021 Design phase
Rossport rest area along Highway 17Entrance improvements at the existing rest area.2021 Design phase
Lodge Lake rest area along Highway 17Rehab of existing rest area.2021 Completed
Leonard Lake rest area along Highway 11Rehab of existing rest area.2021 Completed
Argon Lake rest area along Highway 17Expanding and repairing existing rest area, including the addition of all-season washrooms.2021 Completed
Manitouwadge rest area at Highway 17/614This rest area is owned and operated by the Municipality of Manitouwadge. In partnership with the Municipality of Manitouwadge, the province will construct all-season washrooms, build a new entrance, improve lighting and increase parking capacity. This site will accommodate pick up/drop off by Ontario Northland Bus Lines.2021 Completed
Hearst (Ryland) Rest Area along Highway 11Expanding existing rest area to include all-season washrooms and increased parking capacity for both passenger and commercial vehicles. 2021 Completed
Trenton South ONrouteIncreasing truck parking at the existing ONroute.2022 Design phase
Gibson Lake rest area along Highway 17Increasing truck parking at the existing rest area.2022 Design phase
Gull Bay rest area along Highway 527A new outdoor rest area. The new site will include washrooms and parking areas.2022 Design phase
Rest area along Highway 527 near Highway 811A new outdoor rest area. The new site will include washrooms and parking areas.2022 Design phase
Mulligan Lake rest area along Highway 599New rest area. The new site will include washrooms and seasonal parking areas.2022 Completed
Klotz Lake rest area along Highway 11Expanding existing rest area to increase parking capacity for commercial vehicles.2022 Completed
Terrace Bay rest area along Highway 17New rest area. The new site will include year-round running water, washrooms and commercial vehicle parking.2022 Design phase
Turtle Lake rest area along Highway 622A new outdoor rest area. The new site will include washrooms and parking areas.2023 Design phase
Rest area at Highway 11 and 64A new rest area/pull-off area at Highway 11 and Highway 64. 2023 Design phase
Batchawana Tourist Info Centre – Highway 17Rehab work – addition of approximately eight new commercial vehicle parking spaces. Entrance improvements to make sure there is a safe entry/exit for commercial vehicles.2023 Design phase
Aramis rest area along Highway 11Increasing truck parking and improvements to make it an all-season rest area.2024 Design phase
Wild Goose Park rest area along Highway 11Increasing truck parking at the existing rest area.2024 Design phase
Rest area near Cochrane at Highway 11/655A new year-round facility at the intersection of Highway 11 and Highway 655.2025 Design phase
Rest area north of Savant Lake Highway 599A new outdoor rest area. The new site will include washrooms and parking areas.2025 Design phase
Rest area at Highway 11 and 631A new year-round facility at the intersection of Highway 11 and Highway 631.2025 Design phase