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Timmins

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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.

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 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.

By Car

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.

By Bus

Ontario Northland services Timmins with regular scheduled departures to and from over 60 destinations around Ontario, such as Toronto, North Bay, and Sudbury.[1]

By Plane

The Timmins Victor M. Power Airport[2] (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.

By Train

Ontario Northland offers train service to Matheson, with a connecting coach to Timmins.

Get around

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.

On Foot

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.

By Bus

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 [2] for route maps and schedules.

By Car

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).

By Taxi

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.

See

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 [3], 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[4], 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.

Recreation

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[5] 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.

Buy

Shop Local

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

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.

Shopping Mall

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.

Other

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.

Eat

Budget

Mid-Range

  • 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

Splurge

Drink

  • 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

Sleep

There are numerous camp grounds in the area to enjoy if you're the outdoorsy type. Visit the Parks Canada [6] website for more information on prices, booking, and park information and restrictions.

Budget

  • Super 8 Timmins, 730 Algonquin Blvd. East - (705) 268-7171

Mid-Range

  • Howard Johnson Inn Timmins, 1800 Riverside Drive - (705) 267-6241

Splurge

  • Cedar Meadows Resort, 1000 Norman Street - (705) 268-5800

Learn

  • Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology[7], offers full-time, part-time, and distance education as well as academic upgrading.
  • Collège Boréal[8], Satellite campus of the Sudbury main school.
  • Laurentian University[9] has a Université de Hearst[10] campus in Timmins as well.

Cope

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.

Stay Safe

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.

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. There are several airline carriers that can take you to regions that you can't drive to [11].

This is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!