Route 303

Southern Terminus: JCT Route 301 in Portage-du-Fort, just north of the Ontario Border.

Northern Terminus: JCT Route 301 in Otter Lake.

Length: 50.1km

Regions: Pontiac

Routing: Route 303 begins at Route 301 in Portage-du-Fort, about 2km north of the Ontario/Quebec boundary.  The highway departs from Highway 301 in a Northeasterly direction, meeting Highway 148 about 2km west of Shawville.  Route 303 piggybacks along Route 148 for about 2km into Shawville.  in Shawville the highway turns north and head into the hills north of the Ottawa River.  The highway continues northerly with a slight easterly bias passing several small communities before curving to the northwest to intersect and terminate with Highway 301 in Otter Lake.

 

 

Pictures on this page are arranged in order from south to north.  R-303 North photos are left-aligned in the last column, while R-303- South photos are right-aligned.  Center-line pictures are centered within the last column.



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South-
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Route 303 terminates at Route 301 in Portage-du-Fort, just north of the Ontario Boundary.  Click here for R-301 images.

MRC de Pontiac
Portage-du-Fort

The southern end of Quebec Highway 303 is found at this intersection with Highway 301 in Portage-du-Fort.  Interestingly, Route 303 finds both its southern and northern terminus at Highway 301.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 9/12/2009

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MRC de Pontiac
Portage-du-Fort

Northerly view as seen from the Highway 301 intersection through Portage-du-Fort.  At the tee junction ahead, Highway 303 turns to the left bound for Highway 148 and Shawville.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 9/12/2009

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MRC de Pontiac
Clarendon

Southerly view as Highway 303 approaches an at-grade crossing for the Ottawa Central Railway, a CN line which runs through Ontario and Quebec from Pembroke to Coteau-du-Lac near Montreal.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 9/12/2009

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MRC de Pontiac
Clarendon

Southerly view along Route 303 roughly 3km south of the Highway 148 junction.  The high hills that appear in the distance of this photo are found on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River Valley, and stretch between Renfrew and Pembroke.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 9/12/2009

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MRC de Pontiac
Clarendon

View looking southerly from about a kilometre south of Highway 148.  As is fairly evident from the photo, Highway 303 is not much of a highway.  Little engineering has been conducted to upgrade this road from a rural farm road, and the driving surface leaves something to be desired.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 9/12/2009

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MRC de Pontiac
Shawville

Exit signage for Autoroute 50 and Highway 148 East.  There is no direct connection between A-5 and Highway 148-West (Boul des Allumettieres).  The A-5/A-50 interchange was constructed decades before R-148 was extended through Gatineau Park.

 

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 9/13/2009

MRC de Pontiac
Shawville

Traveling westbound along Route 148/303.  I was surprised at the poor condition of Highway 148.  While I only have traveled a short distance of the route, its condition was exceedingly poor, even when compared to some of Quebec's other less than stellar principal highways.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 9/12/2009

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Route 148 is the principal highway along the north shore of the Ottawa River.  Click here for R-148 images.

MRC de Pontiac
Shawville

Signage assembly at the eastern Highway 148/303 junction.  At this intersection Highway 303 turns right following Highway 148's routing for a short distance westerly before turning south again towards Portage-du-Fort.

 

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 9/12/2009

MRC de Pontiac
Shawville

Southbound view approaching the Highway 148 intersection in Shawville.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 9/12/2009

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MRC de Pontiac
Shawville

View looking northerly into Shawville from just north of the Highway 148 junction.  Shawville is a predominantly Anglophone community.  Over 85% of its 1,500 residents speak English as their first language.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 9/12/2009

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MRC de Pontiac
Shawville

National Unity.  Both the Quebec Provincial and Canadian National Flags are flown proudly in front of an elementary school just off of Route 303 in Shawville.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 9/13/2009

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MRC de Pontiac
Shawville

Northerly view along Route 303 towards Shawville's Main Street.  Note how narrow the roadway is between the buildings.  Though, not pictured, Main Street has an even tighter right of way through town than Route 303 does.  I have a sneaking suspicion, that Shawville's Main Street was once Route 148.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 9/13/2009

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