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 accessible by snowmobile.

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 Manitoloin 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

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

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

Ontario Northland used to offer train service to Matheson, with a connecting coach to Timmins, but rail service on the Toronto-North Bay-Cochrane line has been abandoned in favour of buses.

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 companies.

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 the Do section for information on walking trails.

By bus

Timmins Transit, . An efficient transit system serving the community through 9 routes. Bus fare is $2.50 for adults, $2 for seniors, students and children 6 and over, and free for children under 5 years of age (when accompanied by fare paying passenger). Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice.

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 companies include:

By taxi

Taxi companies in the area include:


Timmins' main appeal is its outdoors atmosphere, seeing as how it is surrounded by beautiful forests. There are a multitude of outdoor activities offered in the region year-round. Timmins is also an important landmark in the history of mining, following its success in the 1909 gold rush. The city is host to a popular museum recognizing Shania Twain, the #1 country singer-songwriter who was born and raised in Timmins.



Historic Landmarks

As legend has it, in the spring of 1909, Harry Preston, a member of the Jack Wilson camp slipped on a rock and uncovered a mound of gold. His discovery created the gold rush of the Porcupine Camp and brought in miners and their families from all around the world. Today, Timmins is a thriving community rich in cultural diversity and mining heritage. Discover the city’s legacy and learn more about the people who made it all possible.



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. (http://www.timminsoutdoors.ca/)



Timmins is home to three golf courses.




There are several arenas in the city that offer public skating at reasonable rates. Call the Timmins Leisure Services hotline at +1 705 360-2655 for more information.

Each winter season the City of Timmins maintains outdoor ice rinks for public use. The following is a list of outdoor skating facilities available to the public. Unless specified, these facilities are unsupervised. Call the Timmins Leisure Services hotline at +1 705 360-2655 for more information.


Community Events



While in Timmins, be sure to dine at some of the fantastic locally-owned restaurants. Since a 2003 by-law, all restaurants, bars and bingo halls in the city are smoke-free.

Budget/Take out




And plenty more…


Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice.





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.

Go next

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 and Attawapiskat

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