See where Ontario’s nature shines, with a flight from Montréal to Timmins.
From McArthur Lake to Kettle Lake Provincial Park, Timmins is overflowing with outdoor fun. You’ll discover the best things to do in Timmins tucked away in the thick woods and secluded lakes of Ontario’s wilderness.
Known as “the city with a heart of gold”, Timmins earned its nickname during the 1913 gold rush. The gilded history of Timmins began in 1912 when mining mogul Noah Timmins founded the city.
Workers in Noah Timmins’ mines lived in “Hollinger Houses”. Only one of the original pre-fab homes remains, at the Timmins Museum. A re-creation of a miner’s home from the 1930’s (down to the flower garden), the Hollinger House exhibition is a window into Timmins’ history.
Take a walk through the past, as you pass the Timmins Murals. The lore and ore of Timmins are commemorated in these outdoor art pieces. Continue your stroll on the Gillies Lake Promenade. This 2.5 km trail traces through central Timmins and the Gillies Lake Conservation Area
For cold weather adventures, hit the slopes at the Kamiquista Ski Resort. If you get chilly, warm up with some woolly socks from the Dream Acres Alpaca Farm. The products of the happy herd will leave you with warm memories of Timmins once you’re back in Montréal.
The sweet escape of Hersey Lake Conservation Area is sure to be a highlight of your trip from Montréal.
5 km away from Timmins lies 560 acres of forest waiting for you to explore. With copies of the Tamarack Nature Trail Guide and Hersey Lake Conservation Area Guide, you’ll become an expert on every acre (or at least you can pretend you are).
Find your path through the park’s jack pines along the 45 km trail system. These trails are part of the Timmins Trail Network and range from afternoon ambles to difficult daylong adventures. With a variety of difficulty levels, you’ll find a trail to suit your speed and time commitment.
If you get hungry, break for lunch at one of Hersey Lake’s picnic sites. Every al fresco lunch is served with a free side of Hersey Lake’s scenery.
See the park’s namesake with a visit to Hersey Lake. Whether you take to the water or settle into the sandy beaches, an afternoon by the lakeside is a sweet way to spend time.
After swimming, get a bird's-eye view of Hersey Lake Conservation Area from one of the lookout points. Grosse Pointe and Jack Pine Lake offer photogenic views of the sweeping Ontario wilderness below. Keep your camera handy for pictures you’ll want to frame once you’re back in Montréal.
If your visit from Montréal is lacking adventure, venture out to Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park.
Once you’ve driven to Ivanhoe Lake, dive right in. Warm, shallow waters hug the shore of a long, sandy beach. Whether you only plan on dipping your toes or diving right in, you’ll want to pack a swimsuit to enjoy this swimming spot.
While it’s fun to get in the water, it’s even more fun to get on it. Paddle through Ivanhoe’s smaller lakes, Teck and Saw, where you’ll have ample opportunity to photograph the park’s wildlife. Keep an eye on the sky for eagles, or look toward the shoreline to spot moose munching on the vegetation.
For a swifter path, take your canoe along the coursing Ivanhoe River. In these waters, you’re almost guaranteed to catch a glimpse of the park’s plentiful waterfowl.
You’ll find more than just ducks, ducks, and geese among Ivanhoe’s bird population. This area of boreal forest is sometimes called a songbird nursery. Avian acapellas fill the air from the park’s Red-eyed Vireos and Chestnut-sided Warblers. Keep your eyes and ears open for the musical inhabitants that make Ivanhoe Lake a birder’s paradise.
Part of what makes Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park so appealing to birds is its unique glacial geography. Kettle lakes and eskers, formed by the movement and melting of glaciers, write the park’s ice age history in stone. One of the strangest features left behind by glaciers is the park’s quaking bog, a kettle lake overgrown with thick layers of vegetation. On the Quaking Bog Trail, you’ll be quaking in your hiking boots as the bog begins to shake. But don’t worry, the trail itself stays on solid ground.
If you’re looking for something more challenging than the Quaking Bog Trail, take a hike on the Esker Trail. This 8 km path leads you over the height of the treetops, to pass by green kettle lakes, ambling wildlife, and an amazing view of Ivanhoe Lake.
At the end of the day, you can choose to put your feet up between lakeside views and secluded spots for your campsite. In the morning, wake to songbirds to start another amazing day on your trip from Montréal.
Fly from Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) to Timmins Victor M. Power Airport (YTS), with a quick connection in Toronto. Montréal to Timmins flight time is 2 hours and 30 minutes on average. Connection times vary. The distance from Montréal to Timmins is around 1,065 km / 660 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.