A marker for the Queen Elizabeth Way, as seen from Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, Toronto.
The highway is actually named after The Queen Mother, i.e. the wife of King George VI and mother of the reigning monarch QEII. The royal couple officially opened the new road on 7 June 1939 – little Princess Lizzy would have only been 13 at the time.
The road is also known more prosaically as Highway 451 and travels for 139km between Toronto and the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, which crosses the Niagara River into Buffalo, New York. When the highway hits downtown Toronto it continues as the Gardiner Expressway. Fascinating stuff!
I’m kinda disappointed that the highway wasn’t named after Henry VIII’s daughter 😀