Timmins is a city in Northern Ontario. The population is approximately 44,000 people. The City is approximately 3,210 km2 (1,240 sq mi), making Timmins one of the largest cities in Canada land wise. The gold rush of 1909 earned Timmins the nickname of the “City with the Heart of Gold”. Mining remains to be the major economic base of the city. 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. Timmins is also accesible by snowmobile.
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. Timmins is 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.
Ontario Northland serves Timmins with regular scheduled departures to and from over 60 destinations around Ontario, such as Toronto, North Bay, and Sudbury.
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.
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, . 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).
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 companies 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 attraction in Timmins is its outdoor atmosphere. 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, (Temporarily Located in the Porcupine Mall, South Porcupine) +1 705 235-2924 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 as well as traveling displays on a mixture of national themes.
- Cedar Meadows Wildlife Park, 1000 Norman Street, +1 705 268-5800. 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. For more information visit [www.cedarmeadows.com]
- 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’ own Shania Twain. The centre incorporates exhibits, an electronic guestbook and a gift shop.
- Timmins Underground Gold Mine Tour, +1 705 360-2619, , 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 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!
- La Galeruche, 32 Mountjoy Street North (Centre Culturel La Ronde), (705) 264-8353. M-F 9AM-5PM. This gallery highlights the work of the region's Francophone population. Expositions change monthly. Free admission.
- Summer Industrial ToursDuring the summer months, RioTinto Minerals-Luzenac and Porcupine Gold Mines-Goldcorp offer tours free of charge to individuals interested in learning about the many natural resources Timmins has to offer. When touring the RioTinto-Luzenac site, visitors will learn how talc is produced and 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. For information call +1 705 360-1900
The atmosphere in Timmins is generally relaxed and slow-paced. Most activities revolve around the outdoors. The summers are great for camping, 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.
- Many campsites offer equipment rental for fishing (check before-hand).
- Uncle Buck’s Trout Farm, (705)268-6286. May-Sep 9AM-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. (705)360-1361
- Gillies Lake and Hersey Lake are the areas most popular family swimming beaches.
Timmins is home to three golf courses.
- The Hollinger Golf Club (705)264-8450 is a 27-hole course open 7 days a week. It has a licensed club house, power cart and equipment rentals and a driving range.
- Spruce Needles Golf Club (705)267-1332 has an 18-hole course. It is open 7 days a week and features the same amenities as the Hollinger Golf Club.
- The Sandy Falls Golf Course (705)267-7014, which is a 9-hole course.
- The Hollinger Park, (705)360-1377. A beautiful town landmark (historic mining site) that has a small children’s water park (open during the summer), a playground and picnic tables. There is a mini-put range as well as batting cages on-site.
- The White Waterfront Park, near Porcupine Lake, (705)360-1377. Features a similar set-up, with picnic tables, a children’s playground and small water park.
- Rapid Fire Paintball Park, access from Mattagami Blvd. Open daily 10AM-10PM. This park features a paintball course, driving range, mini-putt (both a children course and an adult course)and go-karting.
- Timmins is the centre of Ontario's vast network of snowmobile trails.
- The Timmins Snowmobile Club, (705) 264-7066. With 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.
- Kamiskotia Snow Resort, 5050 Kamiskotia Road, (705) 268-9057. 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.
- 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 8AM to 9PM daily, however the trails are accessible at all hours (there are 4 km 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.
- Archie Dillon Sportsplex
- McIntyre Community Centre
- Mountjoy Arena
- Whitney Arena
- Confederation Sports Facility
- The Archie Dillon Sportsplex offers public and family swimming. Call (705)360-2655 for information on hours and fees.
- The Timmins Cinema 6, (705)268-7070. 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.
- The Midtown Bowl, (705)267-3500. A 5 pin bowling alley that offers Rock’n’Bowl on weekends.
- Summerfest This is a family oriented weekend of fun. It offers a wide variety of activities for all, designed to bring the community together and celebrate summer. Summerfest events are intended to promote pride in our community while getting residents physically active and generally having a great time.
- Ribfest Usually held at the end of June, the Ribfest is a festival held at Gillies Lake. It is a day of award winning ribs and chicken, prepared by some of the best Ribbers in North America. There are also live performances by local bands, a beverage tent and tons of children's activities!
- 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.
- Mountjoy Independent Farmers Market, (705)268-6571 (email: [email protected]). The Mountjoy Independent Farmers Market is open every Saturday morning from mid-July until mid-October from 8AM 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.
- Downtown Timmins, . 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 , Aged to Perfection Antiques , Branded Spaces (Includes unique gift shops, a vintage shop, a jewellery shop, a hair salon and more  and 3 Small Rooms.
- Timmins Square, . The Timmins Square is the largest regional shopping centre in Northeastern Ontario. 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.
- 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.
- Chez Nous Take Out offers delicious poutine, known as Shania’s (and just about everyone’s) favorite. (705)267-7297
- Don’s Pizzeria, (705)264-1361. A fully licensed Italian restaurant.
- The McIntyre Coffee Shop, (705)360-5225. Offers all day breakfast and home-cooked meals. It is situated at the site of the one of the city’s oldest gold mines, near the city’s landmark mine shaft, and features a wall of fame for Timmins’ NHL hockey players.
- Broadway Restaurant, 71 Third Avenue, (705)264-3434. Offers breakfast all day and a variety of home-cooked meals.
- Choy Se Kam's, 246 Algonquin Blvd W, (705)264-6200. Offers is a fully licensed authentic Cantonese cuisine restaurant, specializing in Hong Kong style seafood.
- The Golden Dragon Buffet Restaurant, 128 Third Avenue, (705)268-8898. Offers the largest Chinese/Canadian buffet in town.
- La Chaumière, 32 Mountjoy Street North, (705)267-1101. offers delicious home-cooked meals.
- Mickey J’s Big House Bar & Grill, (705)267-3333. A fully licensed restaurant and pub with a vibrant night-life. They have karaoke Wednesday’s, as well as live entertainment on weekends.
- Restaurant Nadeau, 293 Wilson Ave, (705) 238-2664. Delicious home-cooked meals.
- Siva’s Family Restaurant, (705)268-8882. Fully licensed, offers all day breakfast, a buffet and a pasta bar.
- Desserts Please!, 81 Balsam St. South, (705)268-2253, . A fully licensed restaurant specializing in desserts (home made ice cream, waffles, crepes, specialty coffees…).
- Fishbowl Restaurant, 336 Bayfield St., (705)267-3940, . Fully licensed restaurant that serves seafood, pasta and chicken. It is snowmobile accessible.
- Le Voyageur Dining Room, 100 Rue Norman St., (705)268-5800. Fully licensed restaurant situated at the beautiful Cedar Meadows Resort and offers fine-dining, specializing in steak and seafood, particularly Black Angus and wild meats.
- The Airport Hotel, (705)235-3332. Fully-licensed, offers fine-dining and it snowmobile accessible.
- The Gallery Dining Room is situated in the Day’s Inn Hotel, 237-6211. Fully licensed and offers fine-dining, specializing in pastas, steaks and seafood.
- A&W, (705)268-8558.
- Casey's Bar and Grill Timmins, (705)267-5467,
- East Side Mario’s, (705)268-9555.
- McDonald’s, (705)267-4411.
- Mike’s Restaurant, (705)264-3000.
- Montana’s Cookhouse & Bar, (705)360-5999.
- Pizza Hut, (705)360-1111.
- Subway, (705)268-6404.
- Tim Horton’s, (705)267-5250. (Several locations throughout the city.
- Wendy’s Restaurant, (705)267-4100.
And plenty more…
- Super 8 Motel, 730 Algonquin Blvd East (Hwy 101 & 655), Phone: 705-268-7171 (Fax: 705-264-1991, E-Mail: [email protected]), .
- Cedar Meadows Resort, 100 Rue Norman, (705) 268-5800 (Fax: (705) 268-1336), .
- 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.
Timmins is a community with four distinct seasons, each creating a natural playground for our residents. The temperature in the winter can seem quite cold, but our residents still take advantage of the outdoors all year-round. We are fortunate that the colder temperatures are not associated with high levels of humidity or blistering winds.
The following chart shows the maximum, minimum and average temperatures for each month:
Jan: Max -10 Min -23 Mean -16
Feb: Max -7 Min -21 Mean -14
Mar: Max 0 Min -14 Mean -7
Apr: Max 8 Min -4 Mean 1
May: Max 16 Min 2 Mean 9
Jun: Max 21 Min 7 Mean 14
Jul: Max 24 Min 10 Mean 17
Aug: Max 22 Min 9 Mean 16
Sep: Max 16 Min 4 Mean 10
Oct: Max 9 Min 0 Mean 5
Nov: Max 0 Min -7 Mean -3
Dec: Max -7 Min -18 Mean -13
The City of Timmins is not prone to significant weather occurrences that are disruptive. There are fewer thunderstorms in our city than most other Canadian cities. Most thunderstorms we experience are fairly weak and short-lived, meaning less possibility of power outages.
Fortunately, because of our location and colder climate we do not experience damaging ice storms, which are very costly to businesses and residents. Timmins does receive one of the highest average snowfalls of any Canadian city, therefore creating a winter playground for residents, but we do not experience lake-effect snowfalls that close roads and cause transportation problems. Our City is well equipped with snow removal equipment.
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 .