Get to the heart of Ontario’s wilderness, with flights to Timmins.
Located in Northeastern Ontario, Timmins is rich in both natural resources and natural beauty. Gold miners once came here to strike it rich; but now, adventurers come seeking the best of Ontario’s outdoors. Between the acclaimed Timmins Symphony Orchestra and the eclectic Timmins Museum, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Timmins, even if you aren’t looking for nuggets or nature.
Named for mining mogul Noah Timmins, this city still glints with golden history. The heritage of the Hollinger mines is yours for the eating in the Hollinger House Bakery and Deli. Pictures of the “Hollinger Houses” built for workers in these mines line the walls of the bakery, recalling the golden days of yore. The McIntyre mines live on in the McIntyre Coffee Shop.
If you prefer to pick out your own food, visit the rebellious Radical Garden Market. The organic groceries sold here include soups and sandwiches, so you can enjoy the fruits of Timmins, without having to cook. At the Urban Park Market, fresh, local goods from Timmins’ top farmers are on sale, in a park setting.
You may be able to catch a glimpse of alpaca fur while at the Urban Park Market. To get up close to these fluffy animals, visit the nearby Dream Acres Alpaca farm. The fuzziest socks you’ve ever put your feet in are available for purchase, and you can even meet the alpacas whose wool made them.
To see more animals, the Cedar Meadows Resort and Spa offers tours of Timmins’ animal residents. You’ll have the locals eating out of the palm of your hand, as you feed passing deer and moose.
Get closer to the natural habitats of the creatures of Cedar Meadows with a visit to one of Timmins many nearby outdoor attractions. Whether you take the Gillies Lake Promenade, or venture out of town to Kettle Lakes Provincial Park, you’ll be enjoying the best of the Northern Ontario landscape.
With so many outdoor adventures nearby, Timmins is truly a goldmine of natural beauty.
Dip your paddle in the smooth waters of Lady Evelyn Smoothwater Provincial Park.
The strange name of this provincial park comes from its main river and lake. You can canoe through both these bodies of water while you’re visiting the Lady.
If you’re on the Lady Evelyn River, you’ll be able to see the remains of a 1990’s forest fire from the water. The landscape was changed by the charring, adding a distinct character to the shores. Along the way, you’ll also pass through lakes that predate the blaze by millennia, including Katherine Lake and Florence Lake.
On Smoothwater Lake, you can paddle past the Aurora Trout Lakes. Now a reserve for the rare Aurora Trout, Whitepine and Whirligig Lakes give visitors a glimpse of the park’s conservation efforts. Though fishing is prohibited, you’re sure to get hooked on the paddling and portaging on this route.
If you’ve packed your swimsuit, you’ll find suitable spots for swimming all over Lady Evelyn Smoothwater Provincial Park. Whether you want to wade in shallow waters, or seek out a deeper dip, you’re sure to find a lake you like.
For those who’d rather walk than wade, there are a number of hiking paths that cut across Lady Evelyn Smoothwater Provincial Park. Make your way to the Maple Mountain Trail, for one of the best backcountry treks in Temagami. Ascend 640 metres above sea level along this trail, for sweeping views of the park below.
From this height, it’s easy to see why Lady Evelyn Smoothwater Provincial Park is worth the flight to Timmins.
Add a little adventure to your trip to Timmins, by venturing into Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park.
After making the drive out to the park, dive right into Ivanhoe Lake. The beach is long and sandy and leads into shallow, warm waters. Whether you’re planning on dunking underwater (or just dipping a toe in), you’re sure to make a splash in this provincial park.
The swimming here is sensational, but getting in the water isn’t the only way to have fun. Get on top of Ivanhoe’s other water activities with a paddle through the park’s smaller lakes. From the waters of Saw and Teck Lakes, you’ll have the perfect vantage point of the Ivanhoe’s wildlife. Keep your camera ready for photos of eagles as they fly by and moose as they mosey through vegetation.
The swift Ivanhoe River provides a faster path through the park. Waterfowl can almost always be found in and around these waters, enjoying the same coursing current as canoers.
Bird spotting in Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park is more than just a game of duck, duck, goose. In this so-called “songbird nursery”, avian songs score every visit to the park. Look out and listen up for Warblers and Vireos flying throughout Ivanhoe.
The unique landscape of Ivanhoe Lake is partially responsible for its popularity with birds. Eskers and kettle lakes left behind from the last ice age are just some of the glacier formations found in Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park. Take the Quaking Bog Trail for a mostly flat hike to explore the park.
For a harder hike, head over to the Esker Trail. Take this 8 km trail past ambling wildlife, kettle lakes, up to the height of the treetops. Take in the view of Ivanhoe Lake from this glacier-formed path.
After you’ve hiked to your heart’s content, take a break at one of the park’s campsites. Choose from secluded spots and lakeside retreats as you set up your tent for the night. When morning comes, the sound of songbirds will wake you to start another spectacular day in your visit to Timmins.
Porter’s check-in desk is located in the departures area, near security checkpoint A.
Timmins Victor M. Power Airport (YTS) is about 13 km / 8 mi from downtown Timmins.
Taxis from downtown cost about $25 CAD. Car service costs about $70 CAD.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.