Come to Timmins to witness the beauty of our northern trail system. But what is better than the fresh air, lost in nature? Walking with an alpaca by your side that is! At Dream Acres Alpacas they have a lovely farm full of their beloved alpaca herd. Alpacas are largely beloved herd animals with a loving temperament. Join Joanne for a lovely walk through her trail system, listening to the history of her farm and alpacas. They are very sociable and all have different personalities which lead to wonderful photo opportunities.
For More information and booking: https://www.dreamacres.ca/
The north has been an area of mystery and intrigue to many outside the region. Despite the harsh weather and rugged landscapes, relationships formed and communities thrived. The story of our region is one of perseverance, discovery, and opportunity experienced by many different groups of people over thousands of years.
First Nation groups prospered by maintaining an economy and community who traded, travelled, farmed, and hunted. When the fur trade began here, settlement patterns changed and the north began to transform. At the turn of the 20th century, Timmins was recognized on a global scale as a mining marvel. Once news broke in 1909 that gold was found, people from across the world came to make their fortune or set up businesses to profit from the excitement. It is our exchanges with the land and people that has shaped the region as we see it today.In Timmins we have some opportunities to share our story. First stop to the Timmins Museum: NEC to explore the permanent exhibit “Where We Stand: Stories of the Land”. Once you have brushed up on your mining history, enjoy a self-guided heritage tour “All that glitters is gold”. This eight stop tour showcases the details to our rich gold mining history. Finally, take a walk to the lookout of an active gold mine. Newmont has created a beautiful scenic lookout for all to enjoy the open-pit mining process.
More information at: http://www.timminsmuseum.ca/
The stark beauty of High Falls on the Grassy River will take your breath away. This pristine area appeals too many in search of natural beauty, amazing sights and sounds, or to connect with ancient history. The Grassy River has a long and colourful connection to the First Nations
and the fur trade days. Today this area provides exceptional recreational opportunities for bird watchers, photographers, paddlers, youth expeditions, Glamping (WildExodus.com/ travel), hiking, fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. There is presently a historical move to re-establish an ancient portage that will connect the Arctic with the Atlantic watershed. The Little Hawk Portage has been revived and will be maintained for all paddlers to enjoy and re-live the travels of our forefathers and our First Nation friends. Pictograph paintings can be seen on a cliff face in the Mattagami and Matachewan tribal territory, west of Temagami. First discovered in the late 1950’s by archaeologists, these paintings are believed to be hundreds of years old. Pictographs can be seen at many locations along the Grassy River System. High Falls, a series of rapids and waterfalls with a total drop of 40 metres, can be accessed by
hiking, biking, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing along a 12 km trail that begins at Dalton Road just before the descent into the Grassy River Valley. Canoeists and Kayakers can often be seen paddling to High Falls. The trail located on the east side of the river is often used by ATV’s in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter. An alternate method of seeing High Falls is by the Musgrove Road providing access to the west side of the river. So pack a lunch and enjoy the sights and sounds of this stunning trail.
Today just prior to the long weekend the provincial government announced lifting the current fire ban. As per the Timmins Fire Department the following statement was released:
- own the property you are burning on
- have an approved chiminea
- have 10 feet around the appliance in all directions
- the appliance is not on a deck
- if you rent a letter from your landlord saying you are approved to burn with the address and signature
- DO not burn pressure treated lumber or garbage
- the wood must be dry and clean
- Have not had your permit revoked for not following the rules
TIMMINS CELEBRATES CANADA DAY…VIRTUALLY!
Timmins, ON – The Canada Day Steering Committee is transitioning the July 1st 2020 Canada Day Celebrations to a virtual format, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision to host the event virtually will ensure that a celebration will occur and with social distancing being a primary consideration.
The tentative schedule of online events is as follows:
- Raising of the Flag
- Opening Ceremonies
- Singing of the National Anthem
- Video presentation by local dignitaries
- Performances by local artists
There will also be contests:
- Best Canada Day Theme Back Yard
- Best Canada Day Theme Dressed Family
There may be more items added in the weeks to come. A full itinerary, listing the social media platforms where residents can watch the virtual event, will be made available once all the details have been finalized.
By staying apart, we will be able to come together in the future. Please observe the regulations so this can happen sooner rather than later.
For more information please contact:
Marnie Lapierre, CTIS – Coordinator of Festivals, Events & Special Projects
City of Timmins – Tourism Timmins
(705) 360-2600 ext 3785 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Contact: Heather Duhn, Corporate Communications Coordinator
705-360-2600, ext. 2212 email@example.com
March 19, 2020
A Message From Tourism Timmins,
Tourism Timmins would like to thank all of the residents of the community for understanding & adhering to the regulations concerning the need for social distancing during this pandemic.
Tourism is a multi-faceted industry & as per reports from 2016, just 4 years ago, tourism is “Ontario’s 12th largest employer,” & “the Ontario tourism industry employs over 390,000. Tourism in Ontario is a year-round industry, with more than 60% of tourism workers in full-time positions. Of those 390,000, a multitude of Timmins residents are employed by the 75 restaurants (including fast food, fine dining, family restaurants, coffee shops, juice bars and craft breweries), 15 hotels, & 11 lodges/cottages in our community. Timmins is proud to have the Timmins Museum and National Exhibition Centre, Cedar Meadows Wilderness Park, Dream Acres Alpaca, Kamiskotia Snow Resort, Timmins Wake Park, Apiary Tours, Mid-Town Bowl, Hollinger Park Mini Putt, Connaught & District Pioneer Museum, Porcupine Ski Runners & the best snowmobile trails in the north, as points of interest & most are employers in the community.
Our festivals are incredible & attract many people. Festivals such as the Northern Ontario Expo, Timmins Multicultural Festival, the Mining Expo, The Home Show, The Sportsmen Show, Timmins Celebrates Canada Day, Summer Concert Series, Rock on the River, Festa Italiana, Timmins Fall Fair, & the Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival. These events all rely on business support via sponsorship, in-kind or purchasing supplies & services to make it all happen. These local businesses rely on the revenue generated through support of these events.
When listing all of those above items, it is amazing to think of all the residents who are employed by those stakeholders, & the number of local businesses who rely on orders from them. Retailers benefit from tourism, such as gas stations, outdoor adventure retail, & more. This tourism-generated revenue aids our ability, as a community, to raise the community profile, have extra-curricular activities, & provide jobs for our residents. All those who work & volunteer & support the tourism industry are going to be affected in the weeks & months to come. Many events & activities in the community have been canceled or postponed. This is necessary & we must congratulate the organizers for taking these precautions. These decisions were not made easily & many months of effort & planning for their development has to be shelved until the threat is lifted. The same is to be said of enterprises whose business is to provide social opportunities like dining, sports, and recreation.
Tourism Timmins continues to support our community during this time. We are working with the City of Timmins, Northeastern Ontario Tourism, Destination Northern Ontario, Destination Ontario, Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, Festivals & Events Ontario, and the Network of Municipal Event Planners, to provide information to government & to the community.
We are all conscious of the current need to restrict movement around the community, and to tighten the belt, in order to keep one another safe and healthy. It is a new challenge for all of us. But Timmins will persevere. How we treat one another is vital to a healthy routine, and maintaining a positive outlook. As a community, we can find alternatives to the normal activities during what was once called “spare time”.
Normally Tourism Timmins posts a list of the top things to do in Timmins. Right now, it’s stay home. For residents who are not accustomed to a confined space, we’d like to offer a few suggestions to become a tourist from the safety of your own house:
If you haven’t already, “like” the Tourism Timmins, Timmins Museum National Exhibition Centre, Science Timmins, Timmins Digital Creator, Timmins Public Library & Timmins Symphony Facebook pages & bookmark their web sites. (Links to follow) These sites all share excellent activities, videos, & links.
Use “Google” to explore virtual online museums, use a maps app to virtually visit points of interest around the globe. Music & art lovers can find many live and pre-recorded concerts, instructional videos, & learning opportunities on the internet, as well as social media. Learn to dance, paint, create, sew, woodwork, learn photography, web design, repair.
Read the books you have been meaning to for some time. Timmins Public Library is making membership free for six months & you can download books!
Prepare your seedlings, as gardening season will be coming soon.
Get ready for spring & tidy up the yard once the snow is finally gone. Make plans for the flower beds – let’s make them spectacular this year to show our community pride.
Share recipes. Take a culinary tour of the world via the internet. Create a cookbook to explore.
Have telephone conversations with friends & family.
Get some fresh air.
Play board games, create new ones!
There are so many more ideas that we can all share, to keep our minds occupied while we keep each other safe and healthy. Feel free to share those on our Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/tourismtimmins)
Go to the experts for recommendations concerning Covid-19. Visit:
If you suspect you or someone in your home has symptoms or are ill, stay home, use the self-assessment tool online at:
Tourism Timmins will continue to work on plans for the future and when the green light is given, Timmins will prove once again, that we can be a welcoming community.
Right now, we all need to keep a little space, wash our hands, act responsibly, & communicate.
Stay healthy & do your part to keep others healthy!
Marnie Lapierre, CTIS
Festivals, Events & Special Project
Lacey Rigg, Cert Ecotourism; BCRLS.
Meetings, Conventions, & Sports Tourism
Timmins Museum: NEC