Noden Causeway

The Noden Causeway offers breathtaking views of Rainy Lake and its many islands and inlets.

This three and a half mile causeway connects Fort Frances to the east, as part of Highway 11 once considered part of Yonge Street, the longest street in the world!  The Causeway named in honour of former member of  provincial parliament, W. G. Noden, M. P. P. first opened in July 1965 provideing direct access to Fort Frances from Atikokan and Thunder Bay.

The Ontario Government completed a major rehabilitation of the 5.5 kilometre, three-structure bridge in 2013 maintaining the structure as a critical link in the Northwestern Ontario highway system connecting Fort Frances to Dryden and Thunder Bay.



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Latitude: 48.651967 Longitude: -93.320898 Elevation: 1110 ft
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Rainy River Future Development Corporation

Length of Scenic Drive

3.5 Miles

Driving Directions

East of Fort Frances on Hwy 11/17

Highlights and Key Points Along the Route

 Great views of Rainy Lake as you cross the series of bridges linking you into Couchiching First Nation and the Town of Fort Frances. There is a pull off boat launch half across the causeway where you can stop and get some great pictures of the lake,.


Who designed the Noden Causeway?

Bernice Katz Grant, 8/1/2015

An interesting question, that the Rainy River Future Development Corporation is trying to find the answer to with a query to the Fort Frances Museum. In June this year, the Fort Frances Museum hosted a reception to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this engineering feat that connects Highway 11 across Rainy Lake to the Town of Fort Frances.

John Cameron, 8/4/2015

A Fort Frances Times article from 1958 provides some insight into who designed and built the Noden Causeway. ( Bill Croome, described as a former Rainy River resident, was the engineer for the project. The North Shore Company, as noted in the article, were the firm in charge of building it.

John Cameron, 8/4/2015

Design of the causeway and highway, and supervision of construction for all structures on the lake crossing were performed by the Foundation of Canada Engineering Corporation Limited - FENCO.

Geoff Gillon, RRFDC, 8/4/2015

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