Quebec Autoroute 40

Quebec Autoroute 40

Autoroute 40 shield

Autoroute 40
Autoroute Félix-Leclerc
Metropolitan Expressway
Trans-Canada Highway
Route information
Maintained by Transports Québec
Length: 347 km[1][2] (215.6 mi)
Existed: 1959 [1] – present
Major junctions
West end: Highway 417 near Pointe-Fortune, Quebec
  Quebec Autoroute 540.svg A-540 in Vaudreuil-Dorion
Quebec Autoroute 13.svg Quebec Autoroute 520.svg A-13 and A-520 in Dorval
Quebec Autoroute 15.svg Quebec Autoroute 19.svg Quebec Autoroute 25.svg A-15, A-19, A-25 in Montreal
Quebec Autoroute 640.svg A-640 in Charlemagne
Quebec Autoroute 31.svg A-31 in Lavaltrie
Quebec Autoroute 55.svg A-55 in Trois-Rivières
Quebec Autoroute 73.svg Quebec Autoroute 440.svg Quebec Autoroute 540.svg Quebec Autoroute 573.svg Quebec Autoroute 740.svg A-73, A-540, A-573, A-740 in Quebec City
East end: Qc138.svg Qc368.svg Route 138/368 near Boischatel
Major cities: Vaudreuil-Dorion, Montreal, Charlemagne, Repentigny, Trois-Rivières, Quebec City
Highway system

Quebec provincial highways

A-35 A-50
Autoroute 40 and Chemin de la Côte-de-Liesse.
Autoroute 40 at Boulevard des Sources in Dorval/Pointe-Claire, looking east into Dorval

Autoroute 40 (officially called Autoroute Félix-Leclerc outside Montreal and Metropolitan Autoroute/Autoroute Métropolitaine within Montreal) is a major highway on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada. It is one of the two main connections between Montreal and Quebec City (the other being Autoroute 20 on the south shore of the St. Lawrence). Autoroute 40 is currently 347 km (215.6 mi) long.

The western terminus of Autoroute 40 is located at the Ontario–Quebec border, where it continues as Highway 417 towards Ottawa; the eastern terminus is in Boischatel, where it transitions into Route 138 at the end of the freeway.

Two sections of Autoroute 40 were not part of the original plans: The original intention was to bypass Trois-Rivières to the north (the existing A-40 through downtown would have been Autoroute 755 and the concurrency with Autoroute 55 would have been simply A-55). In addition, a different route was originally planned around Sainte-Foy (now in the west end of Quebec City) south of Jean Lesage International Airport (the existing 12 km segment of Autoroute 40 between St-Augustin and Autoroute 73 would have been the western end of Autoroute 440, thus explaining the exit numbering starting at 12). While the right-of-ways of both bypasses still exist and may still be developed in the future as congestion increases, there are no immediate plans to renew construction.

Some discussion of eastward extensions of A-40 into the Charlevoix region and beyond have taken place, most likely to Route 360 in Beaupré or even as far as Route 362 in La Malbaie since tourism in the region is increasing; however, that appears unlikely in the short term.

The portion of Autoroute 40 from the Ontario border to Autoroute 25 is part of the Trans-Canada Highway.

In 1997, the highway (apart from the portion served by the Metropolitan Autoroute) was renamed Autoroute Félix-Leclerc after the late Quebec artist and political activist Félix Leclerc.

Its Metropolitan Autoroute portion in Montreal is the busiest highway in Quebec, as well as the second busiest in Canada after Highway 401 in Toronto.

Of historical note, a 25 km (16 mi) stretch of the highway in Pointe-Claire (from roughly St. John's Boulevard near Fairview Pointe-Claire Shopping Centre to St. Charles Boulevard) was used during the 1976 Summer Olympics for the men's road team time trial cycling race.[3]


Exit list

Location # Destinations Notes
Pointe-Fortune 1 Route 342 – Pointe-Fortune Eastbound Exit 1 accesses Route 342 via Montée Jansson / Concession Road 1 and Montée La Grande (Prescott-Russell County Road 14).
2 Montée Wilson – Pointe-Fortune
6 Montée Baie Saint-Thomas
9 Route 342 – Rigaud
12 Route 342
17 Route 201 (Montée Lavigne) – Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
Saint-Lazare 22 Hudson, Saint-Lazare
Vaudreuil-Dorion 26 Route 342 – Hudson, Saint-Lazare
32 A-540 to A-20 / Highway 401 – Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Toronto
35 Avenue Saint-Charles – Vaudreuil-Dorion, Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac
36 Chemin Dumberry, Chemin des Chenaux Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Senneville 40 Montreal Westbound exit and eastbound entrance (U-turn ramp)
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue 41 Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Île-Perrot
44 Boulevard Morgan
Kirkland 49 Chemin Sainte-Marie
50 Boulevard Saint-Charles
Pointe-Claire 52 Boulevard Saint-Jean
55 Boulevard des Sources
Dollard-des-Ormeaux 58 Boulevard Hymus, Boulevard Alfred-Nobel, Boulevard Henri-Bourassa Westbound exit is via exits 60 (Boulevard Alfred-Nobel) and 62 (Boulevard Hymus, Boulevard Henri-Bourassa)
60 A-13 – Lachine, Downtown Montreal, Laval
62 Boulevard de la Côte-Vertu
64 Boulevard Cavendish
65 A-520 west (Autoroute Côte-de-Liesse)
Mount Royal
66-S A-15 south to A-10 – Downtown Montreal, Champlain Bridge West end of A-15 overlap
67 Route 117 north (Boulevard Marcel-Laurin) Eastbound exit is via exit 65
68 Rue Stinson, Chemin Rockland Westbound exit is via exit 70
70 A-15 north – Laval, Saint-Jérôme East end of A-15 overlap
Montreal Boulevard de l'Acadie Eastbound exit is via exit 68; westbound exit is via exit 71
71 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Route 335 (Rue Saint-Denis) Eastbound exit is via exit 71; westbound exit is via exit 73
73 Rue Saint-Hubert, Avenue Christophe-Colomb
A-19 (Avenue Papineau) Eastbound exit is via exit 73; westbound exit is via exit 75
74 Rue d'Iberville Westbound exit is via exit 75
75 Boulevard Saint-Michel
76 Route 125 (Boulevard Pie-IX) / Boulevard Viau
77 Boulevard Lacordaire Westbound exit is via exit 76
78 Boulevard Langelier, Boulevard Les Galeries-d'Anjou
80 A-25 / TCH east to A-20 / Boulevard Henri-Bourassa – Tunnel Louis-Hippolyte-Lafontaine Signed as exits 80-S (south) and 80-N (north)
82 Boulevard Roi-René, Boulevard Ray-Lawson
85 Boulevard Bourget, Avenue Marien, Boulevard Saint-Jean-Baptiste (eastbound)/(westbound)
Montreal 87 Boulevard Tricentenaire Westbound exit is via exit 85
89 Route 138 (Rue Sherbrooke) / Boulevard Henri-Bourassa Eastbound exit is via exit 87
92 Boulevard Gouin Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Terrebonne 94 Route 344 – Lachenaie
96 A-640 – Laval, Saint-Eustache, Charlemagne Signed as exits 96-E (east) and 96-O (west)
Repentigny 97 Boulevard Pierre-Le Gardeur – Le Gardeur, Charlemagne Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
98 Repentigny / Le Gardeur
100 Boulevard Industriel, Rue Valmont
102 Rue Valmont (westbound only)
L'Assomption 108 Qc341.svgRoute 341 / Qc343.svg Route 343 L'Épiphanie, L'Assomption, Saint-Sulpice
Lavaltrie 118 Point-du-Jour Service Area
122 Quebec Autoroute 31.svg Autoroute 31 / Qc131.svg Route 131 Joliette / Lavaltrie
Lanoraie 130 Lanoraie
Sainte-Geneviève-de-Berthier 141 Rang Sainte-Philomène
Berthierville 144 Qc158.svg Route 158 Saint-Gabriel, Berthierville
Saint-Cuthbert 151 Qc138.svg Route 138 Saint-Cuthbert
Saint-Barthélemy 155 Saint-Bathélémy, Maskinongé
Maskinongé 160 Rang de la Rivière Sud-Est
Pointe-du-Lac Rest Area
Maskinongé - Louiseville Boundary 166 Louiseville, Maskinongé
Louiseville - Yamachiche Boundary 174 Qc138.svg Route 138 Louiseville, Yamachiche
Yamachiche 180 Qc153.svg Route 153 Yamachiche
Trois-Rivières 187 Qc138.svg Route 138 Pointe-du-Lac
189 Rang St-Charles
192 Chemin des Petites-Terres
196 Quebec Autoroute 40.svg Autoroute 40 East Quebec Autoroute 55.svg Autoroute 55 Qc155.svg Route 155 Shawinigan / Trois-Rivières, Quebec (3.5 km concurrency does not count in exit numbering)
197 Quebec Autoroute 40.svg Autoroute 40 West Quebec Autoroute 55.svgAutoroute 55 Qc155.svg Route 155 Bécancour / Montreal, Shawinigan
198 Boulevard des Récollets
199 Boulevard des Forges (indicated as Trois-Rivières Centre-Ville)
201 Boulevard des Chenaux
Trois-Rivières 202 Boulevard des Estacades
203 Qc157.svg Route 157 Rue Thibeau, Saint-Louis-de-France, Shawinigan-Sud
205 Boulevard des Prairies, Sainte-Marthe-du-Cap
Saint-Maurice 210 Qc352.svg Route 352 Saint-Maurice
Champlain 220 Qc359.svg Route 359 Champlain / Saint-Luc-de-Vincennes / Grand-Mère
Saint-Geneviève-de-Batiscan 229 Qc361.svg Route 361 Narcisse / Bastiscan / Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan
Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade 236 Qc159.svg Route 159 Saint-Prosper / Saint-Casimir / Saint-Tite / Sainte-Anne-de-La-Pérade
Deschambault-Grondines 250 Chemin de St-Casimir
Deschambault-Grondines 254 Qc363.svg Route 363 Saint-Marc-des-Carrières / Deschambault-Grondines
257 Saint-Gilbert / Deschambault
Portneuf 261 Portneuf, Notre-Dame-de-Portneuf (Rue Provencher)
Cap-Santé 269 Qc358.svg Route 358 Pont-Rouge / Saint-Basile / Cap-Santé
Donnacona 274 Donnacona
Neuville 281 Qc365.svg Route 365 Pont-Rouge / Saint-Raymond / Neuville
285 Neuville
Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures 295 Qc367.svg Route 367 Route de Fossambault, Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier / Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures
298 Qc138.svg Route 138 Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures / L'Anceinne-Lorette
Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures - Quebec City boundary 300 Chemin du Lac
Quebec City 302 Route Jean-Gauvin, Cap Rouge
304 Avenue Le Gendre
305 Quebec Autoroute 540.svg Autoroute 540 Autoroute Duplessis, Pont-Pierre-Laporte / Route de l'Aéroport
306 Avenue Blaise-Pascal
307 Quebec Autoroute 73.svg Autoroute 73 South (Pont-Pierre-Laporte) Quebec Autoroute 540.svg Autoroute 540 East Quebec Autoroute 573.svgAutoroute 573 Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
308 Qc371.svg Route 371 Boulevard Masson, Boulevard de l'Ormière
310 Rue Letourneau / Rue Arnaud
311 Quebec Autoroute 740.svg Autoroute 740 Autoroute Robert-Bourassa / Boulevard Saint-Jacques
312 Qc358.svg Route 358 Vanier; Boulevard Pierre-Bertrand
313 Quebec Autoroute 73.svg Autoroute 73 North Qc175.svg Route 175 Saguenay, Alma / Québec CENTRE-VILLE
315 1ère Avenue
316 Boulevard Henri-Bourassa
318 Avenue du Bourg-Royal
319 Avenue Saint-David
320 Rue Seigneuriale, Beauport CENTRE-VILLE
321 Rue Labelle
322 Boulevard des Chutes
323 Quebec Autoroute 440.svg Autoroute 440 in Quebec
325 Qc138.svg Route 138 Qc368.svg Route 368 Ile-d'Orléans

See also

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Portal icon Montreal portal
Portal icon Canada Roads portal


  1. ^ a b "Répertoire des autoroutes du Québec" (in French). Transports Québec. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  2. ^ Ministère des transports, "Distances routières", page (?), Les Publications du Québec, 2005
  3. ^ 1976 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. pp. 156-8.

External links

Preceded by
Ontario 417.svg ON Highway 417
Trans-Canada Highway
Quebec Autoroute 40.svgAutoroute 40
Succeeded by
Quebec Autoroute 25.svgAutoroute 25
Preceded by
Quebec Autoroute 15.svgAutoroute 15

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