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Timmins is a city in Northern Ontario. The population is approximately 44,000 people. Timmins is one of the largest cities, area-wise, in Canada. The gold rush of 1909 earned Timmins the nickname of the “City with the Heart of Gold”. Mining continues to make up the majority of the city's economic base and mining tours are a main attraction. The city is the birthplace of country singer Shania Twain.
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 local weather and road conditions before departure, since the winter months (December through early April) in Northern Ontario can sometimes provoke difficult and unsafe driving conditions.
The easiest way in to 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.
Ontario Northland services Timmins with regular scheduled departures to and from over 60 destinations around Ontario, such as Toronto, North Bay, and Sudbury. http://www.ontarionorthland.ca
The Timmins Victor M. Power Airport (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.
Ontario Northland offers train service to Matheson, with a connecting coach to Timmins.
If you are staying downtown, you can get around on foot for the most part. Otherwise, the city offers efficient bus service, and has many taxi and car rental company's.
Downtown Timmins is small enough to explore on foot and can make for an interesting afternoon. Most of the outlying areas will require transportation. See Recreation for information on walking trails.
Timmins Transit is an efficient transit system serving the community through 9 routes. Bus fare is $2.00 for adults, $1.50 for seniors, students and children 9 and over, and free for children under 9 years of age (when accompanied by fare paying passenger). Visit  for route maps and schedules.
With the help of a map, Timmins is simple to navigate. Most destinations can be found off of Highway 101 which turns into Riverside Drive and Algonquin Boulevard throughout the city. Some car rental company's include National Car Rental (705-268-3456), Discount Car & Truck Rentals (705-264-4484) and Budget Rent A Car, which is located in the airport (705-237-2393).
Taxi companies in the area include A-1 Taxi (705-268-6868), Veteran’s Victory Taxi (705-264-2333) and Beal Taxi (705-264-2201). Prices are fairly reasonable.
The main appeal of Timmins is the outdoor atmosphere that it offers. It is surrounded by beautiful wilderness and offers a multitude of outdoor activities in all seasons. If you enjoy the outdoors, Timmins is a great place to visit.
The atmosphere in Timmins is generally relaxed and slow-paced. Most activities revolve around the outdoors. The summers are great for camping (see Accommodations), golfing and more. There are plenty of winter activities such as downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, snowmobiling and more. The Timmins Outdoors website offers more information on outdoor activities.
Timmins is home to three golf courses.
Many campsites offer equipment rental for fishing (check before-hand).
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. (705)360-1361
Gillies Lake and Hersey Lake are the areas most popular family beaches.
Timmins is the centre of Ontario's vast network of snowmobile trails.
Downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing
Kamiskotia Snow Resort is a fully equipped winter destination offering snow boarding, downhill skiing, tubing, clinics and lessons. The Base Lodge includes a cafeteria, lounge, locker rooms and a rental retail shop. 5050 Kamiskotia Road - (705) 268-9057.
Porcupine Ski Runners (705)360-1444 has well-groomed trails for cross-country skiers. The cost for one day is $3 for a student or senior, $7 for an adult, or $15 for a family. The chalet is open from 8:00AM to 9:00PM daily, however the trails are accessible at all hours (there are 4km of lights for night skiing).
Porcupine Ski Runners offers snowshoeing. It only costs $1 for a student or senior, $3 for an adult, or $7 for a family.
There are several arenas in the city that offer public skating at reasonable rates. Call the Timmins Leisure Services hotline at(705)360-2655 for more information.
The Archie Dillon Sportsplex offers public and family swims. Call (705)360-2655 for information on hours and fees.
The Timmins Cinema 6 has 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. Call the Timmins Cinema 6 movie information line at (705)268-7070 to find out what’s playing.
The Midtown Bowl is a 5 pin bowling alley that offers Rock’n’Bowl on weekends. Call (705)267-3500 for more information.
Mountjoy Independent Farmers Market - The Mountjoy Independent Farmers Market is open every Saturday morning from mid-July until mid-October from 8 a.m. until noon. A variety of local vendors can be found at the market selling fresh, locally grown produce, vegetables, flowers & herbs, baked pies, breads & specialty baking, jams, preserves, maple syrup, hand-knitted, sewn & crochet items and other unique products. This takes place at the Centennial Hall on Park Avenue, next to the Mountjoy Arena. Contact Eli Vuksanovich (market manager) at [email protected] or (705)268-6571 for more information.
Downtown Timmins is a vibrant shopping area in the centre of the community, boasting a mix os 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. Visit http://www.timminsdowntownbia.com/ for a directory of businesses in the downtown core.
Timmins Square – The Timmins Square is the largest regional shopping centre in Northeastern Ontario's. There are approximately 70 shops and services, including fashion stores, home furnishings stores, electronics stores, sporting stores, department stores, and a full service food court with 6 tenants. There are also 2 fully-licensed restaurants on-site (Montana’s and Siva’s). The mall has recently undergone renovations and is constantly attracting new businesses. Visit www.timminssquare.com for hours, location and a store directory.
Timmins Chamber of Commerce, located at 77 MacIntyre Road, this is the destination for information on tourism in Timmins, in Ontario and in Canada, as well as for souvenirs of the City with the Heart of Gold.
Miner's Pick Gift Shop, located at the Shania Twain Centre off of Park Road. The gift shop has a large selection of clothing, Timmins souvenirs, books, native crafts, jewellery, and gold filled paperweights.
There is also an area of Riverside that has experienced a boost in commercial expansion. Some of the new businesses include: Canadian Tire, Wal-Mart, Michaels, Mark’s Work Warehouse, Dollarama and Home Depot.
While in Timmins, be sure to dine at some of the fantastic locally-owned restaurants.
And plenty more…
The only real dangers in Timmins revolve around the elements. Timmins can have staggeringly cold weather to an un-prepared traveller during the winter months. Remember to dress appropriately. If you're visiting Timmins in the winter months, bring an insulated jacket and boots, a scarf, a good warm (preferably fleece lined) toque and golves, and long-underwear. Summer visitors to the region will want to stock up on bug spray, preferably one containing DEET. The mosquitos and black flies can be vicious! Deet bug spray can be purchased at most corner stores and pharmacies.
Although not necessarily required, people looking to do camping in the remote areas of the 'bush' may want to purchase some type of GPS system to avoid getting lost if they don't know the area.
If you're driving in to the area, be warned that the roads can be snow-covered and icy in the winter and early spring. Your best bet is winter tires (chains aren't allowed), however taking a bag of sand or kitty litter in your trunk can help you if you're stuck and spinning your tires. Most locals are happy to help push if you get stuck. In case of a breakdown, make sure that you take along a standard road safety kit with flares, gloves, and a warm blanket.
Timmins can be a good place to make your way to if you're looking to explore non-road access towns in Northern Ontario. There are several airline carriers that can take you to regions that you can't drive to .