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Timmins: The Complete Guide to Hiking & Biking Trails

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Explore hundreds of kilometres of trail systems in one of Ontario's premier wilderness destinations!



Timmins has a lot to offer the outdoor enthusiast! You may have heard that they host the Great Canadian Kayak Challenge every year, or that they're planning the incredible Stars & Thunder music festival and international fireworks competition this year. But did you know that they have hundreds of kilometres of Northeastern Ontario wilderness trails to explore? 

Archie’s Rock

Archie’s Rock is an interesting geological formation that dates back to the last ice age, when a number of huge boulders were deposited on top of one another and in the middle of a dense forest. Scientists have suggested that these rocks, and the rock formation itself, are directly related to melting glaciers. Leave your vehicle on the Little Star Lake Road near Highway 101. Hiking or biking, the trip requires a 1-km walk to the rock formation.

  • Route: From Little Star Lake Road to Archie’s Rock
  • Trail Length: 3 km
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy walking but more difficult climbing the rocks at the end
  • Seasons: All

Bart Thompson Trail

Walkers can park their cars
 at Legion Drive and follow the trail as it enters a spruce/pine forest. A short distance off the trail, you will find evidence of early geological forces that shaped the landscape and produced the gold-bearing rock directly beneath your feet. The return trip can be made using residential roadways or connecting to the south loop of the Bart Thompson trail that winds around Porcupine Lake.

  • Route: Loop from Legion Drive, South Porcupine to Government Complex in Pottsville
  • Trail Length: 10 km
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy walking
  • Seasons: All

Bridge to Bridge

This trail follows the Mattagami River to the Lafleur Bridge on the west side and returns to Mattagami Park on the east side of the river. Exotic wildlife, such as elk, can be seen in fenced-off paddocks at Cedar Meadows Resort on Norman Street.

  • Route: From Mattagami Bridge on Algonquin to Lafleur Bridge
  • Trail Length: 6 km
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy walking
  • Seasons: All

Buffalo Ankerite

Many kilometers of old roads can be traveled in this area behind the present day Buffalo Ankerite Property. Due to overactive beavers, roads are sometimes flooded and can be a nuisance to get across. Using a topographic map, you will be able to get some appreciation for the past history of the area. Abandoned mine workings can be seen, although the buildings and headframes have long since come down.

  • Route: Various on old bush roads
  • Trip Length: Varies
  • Level of Difficulty: Bush roads are not kept up
  • Seasons: Spring to fall

Circle Timmins

This trail will take the walker or cyclist around the periphery of the old town of Timmins.

  • Route: Loop starting from Terry Fox Walk on Pine Street South
  • Trip Length: 13 km
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy walking on established trails
  • Seasons: Spring to fall

Gillies Promenade

The Gillies Lake Conservation Area is the location of the most popular walking trail
 in Timmins. It is well lit at 
night and access is possible from many points around the lake. There are two available parking lots: off Brunette Road north of Highway 101, and off Highway 655 about 1 km north of Highway 101.

  • Route: Around Gillies Lake
  • Trail Length: 2.5 km
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy walking
  • Seasons: All

Goose Lake

This route begins from Stringer’s Road south of South Porcupine and follows a logging road into Goose Lake.

  • Route: From Goose Lake Road south of South Porcupine to Goose Lake
  • Trip Length: 4 km one way
  • Level of Difficulty: Bush roads that are not always kept up
  • Seasons: Spring to fall
Along the High Falls route.

Grassy River/ High Falls

High Falls is a series of rapids and waterfalls with a total drop of about 40 metres. Grassy River was the site of river runs in the early days of the timber industry. Logs were floated down from Peterlong Lake further upstream to the mills in Timmins. The trail is often used by ATVs in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter.

  • Route: From Dalton Road to High Falls
  • Trail Length: 12 km one way
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy walking but a long trip for one day
  • Seasons: All (cross country skiing in the winter)

Hersey Lake Trails

This is an extensive trail system throughout the Hersey Lake Conservation Area with many branches that make every outing a new experience. In the summer there is good swimming at Hersey Lake, the central hub of the trail system. A picnic area and shelter along with washroom facilities can be found there.

  • Route: From Highway 655 to Hersey Lake
  • Trail Length: 11.5 km
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy walking or biking with a few hills
  • Seasons: All (cross country skiing in the winter)

Ivanhoe Lake

Walk over ground that was once the bottom of Ivanhoe Lake and now exposes a quaking bog, viewable from a platform with an interpretive panel. Another trail leads up and over esker ridges, passes beaver lodges and follows the shore of Saw Lake.

  • Route: Quaking Bog, Saw Lake and Teck Lake
  • Trail length: 4.6 km

  • Level of Difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • Season: spring to fall

Kamiskotia Mountain

A ski area in the winter, in the summer and fall the hills are easy to climb and make an enjoyable outdoor walk for
 all ages. From the top of the mountain, there is a vista of
 the area surrounding Timmins. The 148-metre elevation gives residents and visitors an opportunity to see mountains and ridges up to 80 km away. The area is about a 20-minute drive from downtown Timmins.

  • Route: Kamiskotia Ski Resort area
  • Trail Length: varies
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy walking
  • Seasons: Summer and fall

Kettle Lakes

The park is located about
 37 km east of Timmins. The route is mainly through jack pine forest with stretches of poplar and birch trees. The trail is fairly flat with some gentle hills along the way. Side trips can be made through 
the campground roads.
 Island Lake Campground is a beautiful area with an excellent swimming beach.

  • Route: Loop around Kettle Lakes Provincial Park
  • Trail Length: 14 km
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy biking on park roads
  • Seasons: Summer and fall

Nickie’s Trail

Nickie’s Nature Trail is an interpretive trail with podiums along the way describing the flora and fauna, with periodic rest stops, two areas with comfort stations and picnic tables, and a gorgeous viewing platform at Sunset Bay. There are three trail loops of varying lengths to suit everyone’s walking pleasure. This trail was established for all of us to develop and enjoy in memory of the late Nicole Duciaume-Poan  a Timmins-area native. It is hoped that the same love and respect that Nickie had for nature and this trail, which she walked, will grow in each of us.

  • Route: Loop around Little Star Lake
  • Trip Length: 3 trail loops: 1.6 km, 9 km, and 1 km
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • Seasons: Spring to winter

Porcupine Lake Trail

Part of the Bart Thompson Trail system. Access is from any point around the lake. Most
 of the trail is along a wooded path near the water although roads are incorporated at the north end through Porcupine and Pottsville. Along the trail is the Whitney Cemetery at Deadman’s Point, a historical point of interest where over 40 people were buried after the famous fire of 1911 wiped out the community.

  • Route: Loop around Porcupine Lake
  • Trail Length: 8.5 km
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy walking
  • Seasons: All

Ross Stringer Memorial  Rotary Trail

This is a walking/bicycle
 trail that connects the two communities of Schumacher and South Porcupine. The trail wanders through a mixture of forest ranging from poplar to white spruce to black spruce and, in the higher elevations, jack pine. It is relatively flat with some hilly sections.

  • Route: Loop from South Porcupine to Schumacher
  • Trail Length: 8.5 km
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy walking/biking with a few hills
  • Seasons: Spring to fall

Sandy Falls

This bike trip takes you to Sandy Falls on the north side of the Mattagami River and offers a unique view of the rapids. It is best visited in the spring when the river is high and water is spilling over the dam. The return trip takes you up Lefebvre Road and back down Kraft Creek Road to your car.

  • Route: From Kraft Creek Road to Sandy Falls, east side
  • Trail Length: 13 km
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy biking with a few hills near the falls
  • Seasons: Spring to fall

Scout Rock Trail

In the winter, this trail is used by walkers and skiers. In
 the spring, summer and fall, cyclists and walkers travel its pathways. The trail wanders through low-lying areas with marsh marigolds in the spring to higher spots that were once used for farming, and finally through a ravine opening onto College Street across from Denise Park. In the spring the cherry blossoms make for a beautiful display on the trail just east of the hospital.

  • Route: From Timmins District Hospital to Denise Park
  • Trail Length: 4 km
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy walking
  • Seasons: All

Terry Fox Waterfront Trail

This trail follows an old rail bed that once connected
 the downtown with local sawmills. Popular with walkers and cyclists, the trail ends at the river waterfront, part of the Mountjoy Historical Conservation Area that was set aside following the disastrous flood of 1960.

  • Route: From Pine Street South to Mattagami Waterfront
  • Trail Length: 2.5 km one way
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy walking
  • Seasons: All

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