The City of Timmins, Ontario is a winter enthusiast's dream come true. Just 3.5 hours from Sudbury, 4 from North Bay, and a day's drive from Toronto, this vibrant waterfront city boasts easy access to OFSC snowmobile trails, ski and snowboarding hills, Nordic trails, and dozens of lakes for a day of ice fishing. Plus, thanks to the city's many restaurants and breweries, it's easy to fuel up after a day spent outside in the snow.
This winter, take advantage of everything that Timmins has to offer. Here are our top five winter activities for Timmins!
In Timmins there is a great opportunity for snowshoeing at the Porcupine Ski Runners property. They have a well-marked trail system perfect for all experience levels. Trails range from short 1.1-km treks to a more difficult 3.7-km trail and multiple intermediate ones. The Porcupine Ski Runners offer equipment rentals and locker facilities. Check out their website for more information.
The Timmins Snowmobile Club provides maintenance on over 440 km of trails, and the area averages 300+ cm of snowfall each year making Timmins one of the top snowmobiling destinations imaginable. Timmins is also a part of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, which provides easy access to approximately 30,000 km of groomed trails in the area, and proudly part of the "World's Best Snowmobile Destination" circuit. This is truly a snowmobiling city, with well-marked and consistently patrolled trails ensuring safety. In addition, Timmins is one of the few cities in Ontario that allows access to many accommodations including gas stations, restaurants, and hotels via a number of designated trails. With a new 2020 bylaw allowing riders even more access to destinations within city limits, there's never been a better time to plan your snowmobile trip to Timmins.
Porcupine Ski Runners is also one of the largest Nordic ski clubs in Canada, and boasts one of the best trail systems in the region. It's easy to rent your gear and get a quick wax in the Xsastrara Cooper Chalet before heading out on the trails for a day of skiiing. Visit their website for more information and trail maps.
Mount Jamieson (formerly Kamiskotia), just west of Timmins, is the place to be for snowboarders and downhill skiers in the area. The ski hill offers 25 unique runs ranging in difficulty, two chair lifts, and two surface lifts. If you aren't into skiing, or just feel like trying something a little different, they also have the tallest tube park in Ontario, which is a real thrill. A comfortable chalet perfect for relaxing throughout the day will keep you warm with a delicious hot chocolate.
Ice fishing is a classic winter activity in Timmins, with hundreds of waterways in the area teeming with perch, walleye, lake trout, speckled trout, northern pike, and whitefish. Many of the ice fishing spots can be easily accessed from roadways, while other more remote locations can be only accessed from snowmobiles. For local seasons and licensing details, see the Ministry of Natural Resources website.
Your Timmins adventure awaits!