Finding a Hotel in Timmins
Timmins is a charming community in the heart of Ontario’s Lakelands. Though small in population, the city is large in area sprawling widely across the rugged terrain, making it a primary destination for recreationists and nature lovers. As the "City with the Heart of Gold", Timmins is renowned for its mining heritage and resilient community spirit. Mining continues to be the primary economy for the city, though tourism is a growing sector. The city is home to one of the largest airports in Northern Ontario, the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport, which acts as a gateway between Toronto and northern communities.
There are many accommodation options in Timmins, including hotels and motels close to recreational opportunities on the edge of town and those situated in downtown convenient to sights and attractions.
CLOSE TO LAKES AND PARKS ON THE EDGE OF THE CITY
Timmins is surrounded by majestic natural beauty; almost every picture of the community includes towering pine forests and the clear blue waters. Over 500 lakes surround the community, and the Mattagami River, which divides the city, makes it an ideal destination for watersport enthusiasts. The possibilities are endless: relaxed vacationers can enjoy a lazy day waiting for fish to bite, families can burn off some energy playing on the beach, and adrenaline junkies can try a multitude of exhilarating watersports including waterskiing and parasailing.
There are several accommodation options close to natural areas, on the perimeter of the city. On the north end of town, on the west side of the Mattagami River is the Cedar Meadows Resort and Spa, which is set on 111 ha (275 acres) that include a Wilderness Park that offers tours daily to the public. The resort includes amenities and services such as an exercise room, on-site restaurant and spa with Nordic baths as well as rooms and suites with fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs.
On the city's eastside, there are a couple of budget chain hotels situated close to Gillies and Pearl lakes with plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing. These chain establishments offer clean, comfortable rooms with basic amenities, well suited to visitors on the go.
Located from Highway 101 down to First Avenue and from Elm Street to Brunette Road, Downtown Timmins is the centre of numerous urban amenities and popular events in the city. Many historic sites have been preserved, restored and opened to public visitation. The charming city centre reflects a century ago, when the town found prosperity with the discovery of a rich vein of gold, the ‘Golden Staircase’. Renowned photographer, Harry Peters documented the entire history of the Porcupine Gold Rush including its destruction by a great fire in 1911. Timmins history can be explored at the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre, on the southside of downtown.
Visitors can take a swing at the challenging Hollinger Golf Club, take a fascinating tour of the Timmins Underground Gold Mine or visit the site Timmins is most proud of, the Shania Twain Centre which celebrates the life of the city’s most famous resident.
Travellers will find a bounty of choices downtown to satisfy their hunger with dining establishments that vary from sushi to coffee houses to taverns. Visitors looking for a little retail therapy can visit the many shops in the area, selling items such as books, flowers, jewellery, sporting goods, home furnishings and gifts. Downtown is also home to the Days Inn and Conference Centre, an ideal location for meeting or conferences held in Timmins. The hotel features eight rooms with 650 sq m (7000 sq ft) of meeting space as well as an exhibition area, free Wi-Fi, audio visual equipment rentals and full catering service.
Hotels located on the west end of Highway 101 are just minutes from abundant shopping found in the Timmins Square Shopping Centre, the largest regional shopping centre in North Eastern Ontario. A mix of well-known chain stores and local retailers, shoppers will find everything they need from men's and women's fashion to electronics. Travellers staying on the east side of the city will also find a number of hotels, which are near golfing and several small lakes. Among these is the economical Bon Air Motel, which offers free passes to a spa, golf course and ski hill.