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Timmins

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[[Image:Timmins map.gif‎ |thumb|Map showing where Timmins, Ontario is located]]
'''Timmins''' is a city in [[Northern Ontario]] with a population of nearly 43,000 (2006 census). The City stretches over approximately 2,961.52 km2 (1,840.20 sq mi) of land, making Timmins one of the largest cities in Canada land wise. Timmins was founded January 1, 1912 and is named after Noah Timmins, founder of the Hollinger Gold Mine. The gold rush of 1909 earned Timmins the nickname of the “City with the Heart of Gold”. The city is located in one of the richest mineral producing areas in the Western Hemisphere. It is a leader in the production of gold and base metals. Main attractions are mining tours, outdoor recreation and the Shania Twain Centre.
==Get in==
Timmins is fairly easy to access. Ontario’s section of Highway 11 (one of the longest roads in the world) connects with Highway 101 about 1 hour east of the city. It is always best to check weather and road conditions before departure, since the winter months (December through to early April) in Northern Ontario can sometimes provoke difficult and unsafe driving conditions. Timmins is also accesible by snowmobile.
 
[[Image:Chart-distances.gif‎|thumb|Chart showing distances between Timmins, Ontario and other major cities]]
===By Car===
The easiest way into Timmins if coming from southeastern or southern Ontario is to make your way to [[North Bay]] and continue heading north on Highway 11. Timmins is approximately 350 kilometers north of North Bay. From Southwestern Ontario you could use Highway 400/69 through Perry Sound. Some people take the Ferry from Tobemory to Manitoulin Island. The city is also situated minutes away from the Trans-Canada Highway, thus providing easy access to major markets. Other highways servicing Timmins are #144, #101, #655 and #11.
===By Bus===
===By Plane===
'''Timmins Victor M. Power Airport''' ({{IATA|YTS}}) hosts 3 airlines. Air Canada Jazz serves the Pearson Airport in Toronto, Bearskin Airlines serves Kapuskasing and Sudbury, and Air Creebec serves the communities of Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Moosonee and Peawanuck. Porter Airlines will begin daily service from Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto in January, 2011.
===By Train===
===By bus===
'''Timmins Transit''', [http://www.timminstransit.ca]. An efficient transit system serving the community through 9 routes. Bus fare is $2.00 50 for adults, $12.50 00 for seniors, students and children 9 6 and over, and free for children under 9 5 years of age (when accompanied by fare paying passenger). Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice.
===By car===
===Museums===
[[Image:Shania twain centre.jpg‎|thumb|right|A billboard advertising the Shania Twain Centre in Timmins, Ontario, hometown to the worldrenowned country singer]]
*'''Timmins Museum - National Exhibition Centre''', (Temporarily Located in on the site of the Porcupine Mall, South PorcupineTimmins Gold Mine Tour) +1 705 235360-2924 2617. The Timmins Museum is a multi-purpose facility that highlights the art, heritage and traditions of the Porcupine Mining Camp, Northeastern Ontario and Canada in a variety of exhibits. The Timmins Museum includes a resource library , local artist's gallery, as well as traveling displays exhibitions on a mixture of national themes.
*'''Shania Twain Centre''', 1 Shania Twain Drive, +1 705 360-2619 or 1 800 387-8466. The Centre celebrates the life and career of Timmins native Shania Twain. The centre incorporates exhibits, an electronic guestbook and a gift shop.
===Tours===
[[Image:Timmins gold mine tour.jpg|thumb|Tourists are geared up to head underground at the Gold Mine Tour in Timmins, Ontario]]
*'''Timmins Underground Gold Mine Tour''', +1 705 360-2619, [http://www.timminsgoldminetour.com/]. This tour explores the mining heritage of Timmins. This gold mine was one of the most prosperous in the area. Well educated tour guides and knowledgable miners are on hand to answer most of your questions. Make sure you dress warmly, as the average temperature underground is a chilly 3 degrees celsius year round and it can be wet underground. On this tour you can see a simulated rock blast, machinery being operated, a video on explosions, a period Hollinger House, a prospector's cabin and a gold pour! Also, try your hand at picking up a gold bar and at panning for gold!
*'''Cedar Meadows Wildlife Park''', 1000 Norman Street, +1 705 268-5800 [http://www.cedarmeadows.com]. Overlooking the great Mattagami River, the 175 acre park is ideal for exploring the wilderness or just simply relaxing. Visitors can enjoy a wagon ride or (sleigh ride in the winter) where elk, moose, deer and bison can be observed in their natural surroundings.
 
[[Image:Wilderness tour summer.jpg‎|thumb|Visitors at the Cedar Meadows Resort in Timmins, Ontario take part in the summer wilderness tour]]
*'''Summer Industrial Tours''', +1 705 360-1900. During the summer months, RioTinto Minerals-Luzenac and Porcupine Gold Mines-Goldcorp offer free tours to individuals interested in learning about the many natural resources Timmins has to offer. When touring the RioTinto-Luzenac[http://www.timminschamber.on.ca/documents/ChamberTours2008.pdf] site, visitors will learn how talc is produced and about its many purposes. The Porcupine Gold Mine-Goldcorp tour takes a slightly different approach by allowing individuals to visit the Pamour Open Pit Mine, Coniaurum reclamation site and the Hollinger Information Centre. Long pants and closed toe shoes are recommended for these industrial tours. Must be 12 years of age or older to take part, and those aged 12 to 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
*'''McIntyre Community Centre''', 85 McIntyre Road, Schumacher. The facility was built in 1938 for the employees of the McIntyre Mine. It is a scale model of the Maple Leaf Gardens, complete with the famous red, green and blue seats and end balconies. The Center is still very active and features an arena, curling rink, ballroom, auditorium and a diner style coffee shop.
 
[[Image:McIntyre headrame.jpg‎|thumb|The McIntyre Headframe is one of Timmins' famed landmarks]]
*'''McIntyre Headframe''', Behind the Community Center, towering majestically over Pearl Lake is the McIntyre Mine #11 headframe. The 3rd largest producer of gold in Canada is closed today, but the city plans to redevelop the headframe and its immediate surroundings as a heritage monument to gold mining in the Porcupine Camp.
*'''Timmins Native Friendship Centre Moccasin Gallery and Gifts''', 316 Spruce Street South, +1 705 268-6262. The Centre's newest venture! Assisting local aboriginal artists in selling their art and craftwork. You will find authentic moccasins, dream-catchers, paintings, books, etc. This cultural centre is open to all of the public. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.
 
*'''Aboveground Art Gallery, Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre''', (Temporarily located on the site of the Timmins Gold Mine Tour), +1 705 360-2600 ext. 6607. The largest commercial art gallery in the area. Features original work of local and regional artists in a variety of medium including soapstone, gypsum and James Bay river-rock sculptures by Cree carver, John Ivan Etherington (Moose River, ON). The gallery is open Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is free.
==Do==
*Many '''campsites''' offer equipment rental for fishing (check before-hand).
*'''Mountjoy Independent Farmers' Market''', +705-268-6571. Open mid-July to mid-October Saturday mornings only from 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
*'''Uncle Buck’s Trout Farm''', +1 705 268-6286. Open May to September from 9AM to 9PM for fly and bait fishing.
*There are over 10 well-groomed '''walking trails''' in and around Timmins. For maps and more information visit the Timmins Outdoors website.
*There is a '''skatepark''' open daily which is free of admission. +1 705 360-1361
[[Image:Gillies_lake.jpg|thumb|Gillies Lake is a popular destination to take a walk, have a picnic, swim or feed the ducks.]]
*'''Gillies Lake''' and '''Hersey Lake''' are the areas most popular family swimming beaches.
*'''Spruce Needles Golf Club''', +1 705 267-1332, Dalton Road. This is an 18-hole course open 7 days a week. It features a licensed club house, power cart/equipment rentals and a driving range.
*'''Sandy Falls Golf Course''', +1 705 267-7014, 1777 Mahoney Road. This is a 9-hole course.
*'''Rapid Fire Paintball Park''', +1 705 268-1825, 200 Feldman Road. Driving range right in town.
*'''Rapid Fire Paintball Park''', +1 705 268-1825, access from Mattagami Blvd. Open daily from 10AM to 10PM.
====Parks====
===All-season===
*'''The Archie Dillon Sportsplex''', +1 705 360-2655, 396 Theriault Boulevard. This handicap-accessible facility has 3 pools (hot, deep and a 37 metre/6 lane) with 2 diving boards and a rock-climbing wall. Supervised public and family swims are offered at various times throughout the week for a small admission. Home of the Timmins Marlins Swim Club (TMSC) www.timminsmarlins.ca
*'''The Timmins Cinema 6''', +1 705 268-7070, 215 Cedar Street South. Daily matinee and evening shows in digital theatre sound. Regular admission for evening shows is $9.25 for adults (14+) and $6 for children and seniors. Matinees are $7 for adults and $5.75 for children and seniors. Discount Tuesdays are $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for children and seniors. Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice.
*'''Timmins Multi-Cultural Festival''' On the first Sunday of June, Timmins holds a multi-cultural festival celebrating its unique cultural diversity. Italian, Croatian, Polish, German, Scottish, Austrian, Finnish, Chinese, Filipino, and Native Cultures as well as many others join together to celebrate the diversity of the community.
 
*'''Saint-Jean Baptiste''' French canadian celebration every June. Day filled with activities for the whole family. Local and national francophone artists perform (www.larondetimmins.ca).
==Buy==
*'''Mountjoy Independent Farmers' Market''', +1 705 268-6571 (email: mevuksanmountjoymarket@vianetyahoo.ca). The Mountjoy Independent Farmers' Market is open every '''EVERY''' Saturday morning from mid-July until mid-October from 8 aA.mM. to until noon. A variety of local vendors can be found This takes place at the market selling freshly Centennial Hall on Park Avenue, next door to the Mountjoy Arena. The Market features fresh, locally grown produce, seasonal berries, herbs and flowers & herbs. Delicious jams, jellies, preserves, home-baked pies, fresh breads, specialty pies and desserts, jams and preserves. Hand-knitted, sewn & crochet crafts as well as artisan items are available. The Mountjoy Farmers' Market is located at the Centennial Hall on Park Avenue, next to the Mountjoy Arena. http://sites.googlealso has a varied selection of craftspeople and artists with unique quality items for sale.com/site/mountjoyfarmersmarket/
*'''Downtown Timmins''', [http://www.timminsdowntownbia.com/] +1 705 264-8733. A vibrant shopping area in the centre of the community, boasting a mix of some 250 businesses. Major banks include: ScotiaBank, Bank of Montreal, CIBC and TD Canada Trust. Popular locally-owned shops include Joanne’s Art Centre [http://www.joannesartcentre.com/], Aged to Perfection Antiques [http://www.cyberattic.com/stores/agedtoperfection/], Branded Spaces (Includes unique gift shops, a vintage shop, a jewellery shop, a hair salon and more)[http://www.brandedspaces.ca/] and 3 Small Rooms.
==Get out==
Timmins can be a good place to make your way to if you're looking to explore non-road access towns in Northern Ontario. Airline carriers such as Air Creebec and Thunder Airlines can take you to regions that you can't drive to, such as Moosonee[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/[Moosonee]] and Attawapiskat[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/[Attawapiskat].] {{IsPartOf|Northern Ontario}}
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