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.
For a small, seemingly remote city, Timmins is very easy to access. Ontario Highway 11 (one of the longest roads in the world) conects with Highway 101 about 1 hour east of the city. The road in to town during the winter can be difficult to drive due to the weather. It's best to check local road conditions before attempting this, especially in the winter months (January through early April). Highway 11 in the autumn can be beautiful to drive when the leaves have changed colour.
- Timmins Airport (YTS) is a mini-hub for northern communities, and also has scheduled flights to Sudbury, Ottawa, and Toronto.
The easiest way in to Timmins if coming from southeastern or southern Ontario is to make your way to North Bay and head north (or keep heading north) on Highway 11. Timmins is approximately 350 kilometers north of North Bay.
- Ontario Northland also offers train service to the area . Check the website for fares and schedules as they can vary by season.
Timmins isn't exactly a huge city that requires a lot of planning to take in. It can be seen in a day or two (possibly less), depending on the local events you want to see and how much time you're going to spend there.
- Timmins Transit - Efficient local transit system: Fares: Adults: $2.00, Students: $1.50, Seniors: $1.50, Children (9 Years of age and over): $1.50, Children (under 9 years of age): Free when accompanied by fare paying passenger.
Downtown Timmins is small enough to explore most of the town on foot. Some of the outlying areas will require a car.
There are several taxi companies in the area. 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.
- Hollinger Park , for sporting facilities and concert venues.
- Timmins Museum - National Exhibition Centre, Located in nearby South Porcupine, guests can expect to find exhibits detailing with aspects of Timmins past. The outdoor Mining Court features equipment used in the mines in the early 1930s, the Jury Gallery has a variety of traveling exhibits from all over Canada and the Campsall Library houses archives from Timmins and surrounding areas.
- Cedar Meadows Wildlife Park Situated along side the Mattagami river, this 175 acres park is only 3 kilometers from downtown Timmins. Visitors are taken on a wagon ride into the forest where one can observe moose, elk, deer and bison all in there natural habitat. Tours available from June to Sept. daily from 1pm and 3pm. Private tours can be booked year round. Hotel facility adjacent to park. 1000 Norman Street - (705) 268-5800.
- Porcupine Demonstration Forest, Self-guided walks are available through this natural boreal forest. Open daily from May to October. 220 Algonquin Blvd E - (705) 360-8510.
- Shania Twain Centre, The Shania Twain Centre opened in June of 2001 to commemorate the famous country singer in her hometown. The centre incorporates exhibits, an electronic guestbook, gift shop and more as part of the exhibits celebrating Shania Twain's musical and personal accomplishments. 1 Shania Twain Drive - (705) 360-2619 or 1-800-387-8466.
- Timmins Underground Gold Mine Tour, The Timmins Underground Gold Mine Tour (attached to the Shania Twain Centre) takes you and your friends on a journey through a formerly working gold mine (The Hollinger Mine). This gold mine was one of the most prosperous in the area. Well educated above ground tour guides and knowledgable miners are on hand to answer most of your mining 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! - (705) 360-2619.
- La Galeruche This gallery highlights the work of the region's Francophone population. Expositions change monthly. Open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Free admission. Centre Culturel La Ronde at 32 Mountjoy Street North - (705) 264-8353.
Timmins has a much slower pace to life than say Toronto or even that of Sudbury. The atmosphere is generally laid back, and most activities revolve around the outdoors. The summers are great for camping and canoeing (bring your bug spray though). The winters have an abundance of winter activities such as skiing - both downhill and cross-country, and snowshoeing.
- Snowmobiling - Timmins is the centre of Ontario's vast network of snowmobile trails. The Timmins Snowmobile Club has over 2,000 members, maintains hundreds of kilometers of groomed trails and a clubhouse where visitors are welcome. You will require a permit to snowmobile. These are available from several local vendors and prices range depending on the length of the permit. Phone the club at (705) 264-7066 for more information.
- 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.
- Kamiskotia Snow Resort, Kamiskotia Snow Resort is a fully equipped winter destination offering snow boarding, 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.
- Timmins Farmers Market - The Timmins Farmers Market is open every Saturday Morning from July until after Thansgiving Weekend from 8 a.m. until noon. As many as 31 vendors can be found at the market selling homemade goods, fresh produce, deserts, crafts and more. Park Avenue - (705) 268-9268
- Timmins Square - is northeastern Ontario's largest regional shopping centre. It has approximately 70 shops and services ranging from fashion stores to home furnishings and electronics.
- The 101 Mall is centrally located in the downtown area and considered multi-use for its retail and service oriented businesses.
- 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.
- A J Kitchen and Cafe, 92 Pine Street - (705) 267-1461
- Mickey J's Bighouse Bar & Grill, 425 Algonquin Blvd E Timmins - (705) 267-3333
- Golden Dragon Restaurant, 1 - 128 Third Ave - (705) 268-8898
- Casey's Bar and Grill Timmins, 760 Algonquin Blvd. East - (705) 267-5467
- Mickey J's Bighouse Bar & Grill, 425 Algonquin Blvd E Timmins - (705) 267-3333
- Nikki's Sports Gallery, 14 Mountjoy St S - (705) 360-1771
There are numerous camp grounds in the area to enjoy if you're the outdoorsy type. Visit the Parks Canada  website for more information on prices, booking, and park information and restrictions.
- Super 8 Timmins, 730 Algonquin Blvd. East - (705) 268-7171
- Howard Johnson Inn Timmins, 1800 Riverside Drive - (705) 267-6241
- Cedar Meadows Resort, 1000 Norman Street - (705) 268-5800
- Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology, offers full-time, part-time, and distance education as well as academic upgrading.
- Collège Boréal, Satellite campus of the Sudbury main school.
- Laurentian University has a Université de Hearst campus in Timmins as well.
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 .
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