In Smooth Rock Falls there is a plaque at the Moose Motel, on the corner of Highway 11 and Dupont Street. The wording on the plaque: “A major extension into the James Bay area. Highway 807was officially opened by The Hon. John P. Roberts, Q.C., L.L.D., Prime Minister of Ontario, on July 21, 1966. Built by the Ontario Department of Highways, Hon. Charles S. MacNaughton, Minister, and Financed by the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario, George E. Gathercole, M.A., L.L.D., Chairman, it provides access to Hydro-electric power developments and other rich natural resources of Ontario’s Northland.”
It was expected that this new road would be of great interest to tourists. It was also expected that the road would be extended someday to Moosonee on James Bay.
In 1977, Highway 807 was renumbered as Highway 634. Known locally as “The Fraserdale Road”, this highway provides access to remote Ontario Hydro Generating Stations (G.S.) in the James Bay watershed:
On the Mattagami River
Little Long G.S.
Smokey Falls G.S.
On the Abitibi River
Island Falls (Privately owned)
Abitibi Canyon G.S.
Otter Rapids G.S.
- Smooth Rock Falls to Fraserdale – 80 kilometers.
- Fraserdale to Kipling G.S. – 74 kilometers.