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Quebec Autoroute 40

Autoroute 40 shield

Autoroute 40
Autoroute Félix-Leclerc
Metropolitan Expressway
Trans-Canada Highway
Route information
Maintained by Transports Québec
Length: 347.0 km[1][2] (215.6 mi)
Existed: 1959 [1] – present
Major junctions
West end:  Highway 417 near Pointe-Fortune
  A-30 in Vaudreuil-Dorion
A-13 and A-520 in Dorval
A-15/TCH, A-19, A-25/TCH in Montreal
A-640 in Charlemagne
A-31 in Lavaltrie
A-55 in Trois-Rivières
A-73, A-540, A-573, A-740, A-973 in Quebec City
East end: Route 138/368 near Boischatel
Major cities: Vaudreuil-Dorion, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Pointe-Claire, Montreal, Terrebonne, Charlemagne, Repentigny, Trois-Rivières, Quebec City
Highway system

Quebec provincial highways

A-35 A-50

Autoroute 40, officially known as Autoroute Félix-Leclerc outside Montreal and Metropolitan Autoroute/Autoroute Métropolitaine within Montreal, is a freeway on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River in the Canadian province of Quebec. It is one of the two major 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. Between the Ontario–Quebec boundary and the interchange with Autoroute 25, the route is signed as part of the Trans-Canada Highway.

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


  • Route description 1
  • History 2
  • Exit list 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Route description

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.

The portion of Autoroute 40 from the Ontario border to Autoroute 25 is part of the Trans-Canada Highway. The Metropolitan Autoroute portion in Montreal is the busiest highway in Quebec, the busiest section of the Trans-Canada Highway, as well as the second busiest highway section overall in Canada after Highway 401 in Toronto.


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 (7 mi) 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.

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] 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.

Exit list

Location # Destinations Notes
Continues as Highway 417 in Ontario
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). A sign approaching this exit on Highway 417 in Ontario also includes the sign for 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-30 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, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport, Montréal–Mirabel International Airport
62 Boulevard de la Côte-Vertu
64 Boulevard Cavendish
65 A-520 west (Autoroute Côte-de-Liesse) – Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport, Route 117 north (Boulevard Marcel-Laurin) Westbound exit for R-117 is via exit 70.
Mount Royal
66-S A-15 south to A-10 – Downtown Montreal, Champlain Bridge West end of A-15 overlap
68 Rue Stinson, Chemin Rockland Westbound exit is via exit 70
70 A-15 (TCH) north – Laval, Saint-Jérôme, Route 117 north (Boulevard Marcel-Laurin) East end of A-15 overlap. Eastbound exit for R-117 is via exit 65.
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 / Boulevard Henri-Bourassa – Tunnel Louis-Hippolyte-Lafontaine East end of TCH overlap. Signed as exits 80-S (south) and 80-N (north)
82 Boulevard Roi-René, Boulevard Ray-Lawson
83 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 Route 341 / Route 343 – L'Épiphanie, L'Assomption, Saint-Sulpice
Lavaltrie 118 Point-du-Jour Service Area
122 A-31 / Route 131 – Joliette, Lavaltrie
Lanoraie 130 Lanoraie
Sainte-Geneviève-de-Berthier 141 Rang Sainte-Philomène
Berthierville 144 Route 158 – Saint-Gabriel, Berthierville
Saint-Cuthbert 151 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 Route 138 – Louiseville, Yamachiche
Yamachiche 180 Route 153 – Yamachiche
Trois-Rivières 187 Route 138 – Yamachiche, Pointe-du-Lac
189 Rang St-Charles
192 Chemin des Petites-Terres
196 A-40 east / A-55 / Route 155 – Shawinigan, Trois-Rivières, Quebec (3.5 km concurrency does not count in exit numbering)
197 A-40 east / A-55 / 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 Route 157 (Rue Thibeau) – Saint-Louis-de-France, Shawinigan-Sud
205 Boulevard des Prairies, Sainte-Marthe-du-Cap
Saint-Maurice 210 Route 352 – Saint-Maurice
Champlain 220 Route 359 – Champlain, Saint-Luc-de-Vincennes, Grand-Mère
Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan 229 Route 361 – Narcisse, Batiscan, Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan
Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade 236 Route 159 – Saint-Prosper, Saint-Casimir, Saint-Tite, Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade
Deschambault-Grondines 250 Chemin de St-Casimir
Deschambault-Grondines 254 Route 363 – Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, Deschambault-Grondines
257 Saint-Gilbert / Deschambault
Portneuf 261 Portneuf, Notre-Dame-de-Portneuf (Rue Provencher)
Cap-Santé 269 Route 358 – Pont-Rouge, Saint-Basile, Cap-Santé
Donnacona 274 Donnacona
Neuville 281 Route 365 – Pont-Rouge, Saint-Raymond, Neuville
285 Neuville
Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures 295 Route 367 (Route de Fossambault) – Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures
298 Route 138 – Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, L'Ancienne-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 A-540 (Autoroute Duplessis) / Route de l'Aéroport – Jean Lesage International Airport
306 Avenue Blaise-Pascal
307 A-73 south (Pont-Pierre-Laporte) / A-540 east / A-573 – Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
308 Route 371 (Boulevard Masson, Boulevard de l'Ormière)
310 Rue Letourneau / Rue Arnaud
311 A-740 (Autoroute Robert-Bourassa) / Boulevard Saint-Jacques
312 Route 358 (Boulevard Pierre-Bertrand) – Vanier
313 A-73 north / 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 A-440 - Quebec
325 Route 138 / Route 368 – Île d'Orléans

See also


  1. ^ a b "Répertoire des autoroutes du Québec" (in French).  
  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

  • A-40 at
  • A-40 at Quebec Autoroutes
  • Virtual tour of A-40
  • Transports Quebec Map (French)
Preceded by
ON Highway 417
Trans-Canada Highway
Autoroute 40
Succeeded by
Autoroute 25
Preceded by
Autoroute 15
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