Folded Dimensions: 3.5" X 9.5"
Open Dimensions: 45.25 W X 19" H
Date Location: Front Cover & Legend
Cover Description: Royal blue background with a framed color portrait photograph of the newly crowned queen; Elizabeth II.  'Ontario' is in red lettering with white highlighting.  The remaining lettering on the cover is in white, except for the year which is in red also.
Date Code: Non-Applicable
Southern Ontario Scale: 1" : 17.5 miles
Northern Ontario Scale: 1" : 24 miles
Main Legend Side Features: Map of Southern Ontario as far north as Sudbury, Map Legend, Mileage Tables Ontario Travel Information, Ontario Provincial Police Information, Index of Southern Cities, Towns and Villages and a "No Passing Zone" feature.
Opposite Side Features: Map of Northern Ontario, Index of Northern Cities, Towns and Villages, Index of Lakes, 27 "Maps Showing Highway Routes Through Cities", and a map of "The Niagara Peninsula" and a "Key Map of the Province".
Mileage Tables: Highways No.2  through to Highway No. 110 - & "Controlled Access Highways"  - The Queen Elizabeth Way, Highway 400, 401 & 402
Compiled by: C. P. Robins, W. J. Fulton, Inspector of Surveys.
Prime Minister: Leslie M. Frost
Minister: Geo. H. Doucett, Department of Highways
Deputy Minister: J. D. Millar, Department of Highways
Other: Copyrighted 1946 - Lithographed by The Miller Litho Co., Limited, Toronto, Canada
Note: Queen Elizabeth II' s Coronation was on June 2, 1953, hence her appearance on the map cover.



Dorothy Wilding - mid 1920's

The portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the cover was done by Dorothy Wilding, (born 1892 - died 1976),  in 1952 to mark the Queen's accession to the throne on February 6th, 1952.  The original photograph measured 16 3/4 in. x 13 5/8 in. and is currently housed in the National Portrait Gallery in England.  The Queen posed a total of 59 times for Wilding in different gowns to celebrate different occasions.  Copies of the best images were sent to every embassy in the world and formed the basis of images on bank notes and appeared on millions of stamps and on this occasion - the cover of the 1953 Official Ontario road map. 





North Arrow Used On This Map
  Mileage Tables were in all official maps produced by the Province.  As the quantity of numbered King's Highways grew in the province - so did the size of the mileage tables in the maps.  Despite a queen becoming monarch in 1953, the highways remained, "The King's Highways".  The mileage tables from the 1953 version follows
 53MileageTable1 53MileageTable2 
 53MileageTable3 53MileageTable4 

53. 400jpg

In contrast to the 1952 version of the map - Highway 400 is shown as completed for the first time. Highway 401 shows for the first time, a portion of it completed in Toronto and in Sarnia - Highway 402 makes a debut appearance on the map. 
Also, for the first time - in the Mileage Table - the term "Controlled Access Highways" is used  instead of "Dual Highways".