4-7-day Ontario road trip: Parry Sound to Northeastern Ontario

Explore rich culture, beautiful scenery and unique attractions in Northeastern Ontario.

START: Parry Sound
END Option 1: Manitoulin Island
END Option 2: Timmins

A person kayaking on the water during a sunset.

Begin your adventure just three hours from Toronto in Parry Sound. Following the highway connectors, you will experience beautiful scenery, epic waterways and communities that await your arrival. From rich Indigenous experiences to world class attractions, urban and Francophone experiences, and food, Northeastern Ontario is truly amazing.

Parry Sound – Day One

Located less than three hours north of Toronto, and two hours south of Sudbury, Parry Sound literally hugs the shores of beautiful Georgian Bay. In 2004, UNESCO designated the area a World Biosphere Reserve, the Georgian Bay Biosphere. Known to locals as the “jewel of the 30,000 islands,” Parry Sound is a great place to start off this tour. 

A bustling waterfront town, take time to explore the Museum on Tower Hill, the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame and be sure to find out if there are any concerts happening for the Bands on Bay series in the summer months.  

Remember crystal clear waters will be calling you on hot days, so relax, catch a few rays and enjoy a beautiful swim. With various parks and beaches in Parry Sound, you will have lots of options. 

Things to Do

Bear Claw Tours has access to Park-to-Park Trails - 1,000 km of wilderness trails across the Canadian Shield for an adrenaline-filled all terrain vehicle tour.

Enjoy a 30,000 Island Cruise aboard the Island Queen, the Islander X or a dinner cruise on the MV Chippewa III.

Parry Sound Bikes for a leisurely ride along in-town waterfront trails.

Ontario Sea Kayak Centre for guided tours and clinics to experience paddling while you explore Georgian Bay’s eastern shores. 

Henry’s is more than a place to eat, it’s an experience! Henry’s is located on Frying Pan Island in Sans Souci Georgian Bay; you are able to catch a plane and fly in right from the Parry Sound Marina, spend the day on a six-hour excursion exploring the area, or simply jump on Henry’s Water Taxi and be there in 35 minutes.  

Places to Stay

Parry Sound Inn and Suites: Hotel located just off the highway and close to many services. This hotel has been ranked highest in guest satisfaction for the last 10 years.

Bayside Inn: Features 12 suites with luxurious mattresses and linens. Located close to the Harbour Front. 

Log Cabin Inn: Parry Sound accommodations along the Boyne River with luxury motel units complete with Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, small fridges and exceptional dining. 

Grand Tappattoo Resort: Located on Otter Lake, 6 km south of Parry Sound with spacious rooms, great food and a pool, you may want to stay longer than one night. 

Places to Eat


Ogiimaa Cafe – has a superb breakfast sandwich! 

Orrs Fine Meats and Deli – features homestyle breakfasts and delicious lunch specials, a must stop if you are a sandwich lover.  


Trestle Brewing Company – is a craft brewery located under its namesake the historic CPR Trestle Bridge where the taproom and patio overlook the river. Featuring a full menu created to pair with their brews.

Brunswick Sports Grill & Bar – newly renovated restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Outdoor patio, too. 

Maurizio's Pizza – has great pizza and more. Sandwiches, calzones, foccaccia romano… come for lunch, come back for dinner!

Di Salvo’s Bella Cucina – is a fine dining Italian restaurant located by the waterfront serving authentic Italian cuisine.

French River – Day Two

Distance to Next Stop: 115 km / 71 mi

The Municipality of French River is a beautiful and scenic area of Ontario. With a true small-town feel, travellers are welcomed with open arms. This area is well known for fishing, paddling, and camping, which is why outdoor enthusiasts have gathered here for years. Throughout history the French River was a natural waterway for Indigenous people as it flowed westward from Lake Nipissing to Georgian Bay. Originally settled by the First Nations people, the French River has the distinct designation in 1986 as being Canada’s first Heritage River. 

Spend a night or two at one of the many lodges along the French River, where you can be outfitted for fishing, paddling and more outdoor adventures, or bring your own gear.

Hint: As you travel through the French River area, glance up at the cliff-like rocks around you. There you will see inukshuks (say "i-NOOK-shook"),  part of the Inuit culture. It’s a mystery as to who builds the Inukshuk, and how long each one has been there. An Inukshuk in the shape of a person signifies safety, hope and friendship. These sculptures, at one time, were important to navigation as a point of reference or as a marker for hunting/fishing ground.  

Things to Do

Stop in at the award-winning French River Provincial Park Visitor Centre for spectacular views and learn about the significance of the river to the Indigenous peoples’ trading heritage and the region’s French and English explorers. The French River Gorge, the visitor centre and Recollet Falls Trail are highligthed at www.visitamazingplaces.ca Consider a moderate hike along the trail, or take in the views from the nearby suspension bridge.

A favourite stop along the highway in the French River is the French River Trading Post. It started as a small family-operated shop on a gravel road and now it’s a booming business with a restaurant, and a trading post filled with souvenirs that include Canadian-made moccasins, local handicrafts, and its famous cream and butter fudge.

Places to Stay

For a rustic escape, your private cabin awaits at Wolseley Lodge in Noelville, operating since 1929. From housekeeping-only to the modified American plan, select your preferred package.

For a luxurious stay, unwind at the Lodge at Pine Cove in Noelville. Book the guided fishing or paddling tours or explore on your own. Rent a 36-foot Montreal Canoe for maximum 20 friends. 

The Beau Inn has been a part of the French River for more than 75 years, offering fine food and newly-renovated accommodations. You can pick a cottage or motel unit. 

The French River Lodge originally opened in 1923 and is now under new ownership. Located on a 16-acre private island on the Lower French River Delta. 

Cranes Lochaven Wilderness Lodge, a beautiful boat in lodge/resort with great food, great fishing and full service private cottages. 

Places to Eat

Dine at the Lodge at Pine Cover or Wolseley Lodge during your stay for breakfast/lunch or dinner.

Noelville Restaurant, a local favourite for breakfast, lunch and dinner that serves Canadian cuisine made with fresh ingredients.

@827 Fish n’ Chips, dine on some delicious fresh and local pickerel or white fish. 

Oly’s Little Red Chip Wagon, burgers, fish and chips, ice cream. This little Red Chip Wagon is a well-known stop for locals and travellers in this area.

Killarney – Day Three

Distance to Next Stop: 115 km / 71 mi

Killarney is a picturesque and historic village situated on the entrance to the North Channel amidst sparkling white quartzite peaks and pink granite rock. Its Harbour shelters from the turbulent waters of Georgian Bay by George Island, the original Village of Killarney is the oldest community on the north shore. The area is popular for boaters, campers, hikers and those who love the rugged wilderness, sport fishing, kayaking and other outdoor pursuits. 

Hint: Don’t forget to pick up some food and refreshments for any hiking you may be doing in Killarney Provincial Park. You drive through the park to get to the village of Killarney – not a lot of services along the way.

Things to Do

Killarney Outfitters – More than 40 years' experience steering visitors to the most desirable and sought-after canoe, kayak and hiking routes and trails within Killarney Provincial Park and Georgian Bay. Rent a variety of outdoor equipment here or book a tour.

Channel Marina – Boat/kayak/canoe/paddle boat/bike rentals, ice cream shop and store.

Hiking Trails – The East Lighthouse/Tar Vat Bay Trail is a circular 7 km trail; George Island wilderness Trail is 7.5 km in length that passes through bush, wetland and rocky areas until it reaches a stony beach.

Killarney Centennial Museum – Contains a variety of household items, medical equipment, photographs and artifacts relating to the commercial fishing, logging, mining and tourism industries. The Old Killarney Jail House is located here as well.

Municipal Beach – Has Sunny and shady areas, a sandy beach and several picnic tables. NO lifeguard on duty, use at own risk.

Lighthouses – There is a Lighthouse Trail, primarily used for walking, hiking and bird watching.

Boating: Some seek moorage north of the village in Covered Portage Cove to admire the cliffs of Indian Head Rock.

Places to Stay

Killarney Mountain Lodge and Conference Centre - A wilderness resort in Canada's North featuring great accommodation, dining and entertainment with exciting activities; Georgian Bay sailing cruises, hiking, kayaking and canoeing in Killarney Provincial Park.

Sportsman Inn Resort and Marina - A luxury hotel accommodation and pet-friendly motel as weekly cabin rentals with a full-service marina. Offering rentals for bicycles and even water bikes, fine dining with a wine cellar, pub and live entertainment with a licensed outdoor patio. 

Avalon Eco Resort – An off-the-grid resort offering families and couples eco-friendly, lakefront housekeeping cabins and campsites on Tyson Lake. 

Places to Eat

Herbert Fisheries World Famous Fish and Chips – Serving up world famous fish and chips for more than 30 years.

The Sportsman Inn features two dining options: Sporto’s Barr & Grill and The Anchorage.

Sudbury – Day Three & Four

Distance to Next Stop: 100 km / 62 mi

Sudbury is situated on the Canadian Shield in the Great Lakes Basin and is composed of a rich mix of urban, suburban, rural and wilderness environments. Offering world-renowned attractions, urban comforts and four-season outdoor adventures, Greater Sudbury is becoming one of Ontario’s popular go-to destinations; and has everything from award winning attractions to impressive four season trails as well as unique shops.

3 kids admiring dinosaur skeletal fossils.

Things to Do

Science North is Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction. Science North’s fun and friendly approach to science education is led by Bluecoats (real scientists and science communicators) who make interacting with the exhibits and live ambassador animals even more informative and fun. 

Dinosaur Valley Mini Golf – Walk among the realistic dinosaur and dragon exhibits, play through the seven unique mini golf courses and walk through the 22’ x 18’ steel dragon skull.

Bell Park – Scenic waterfront walks, day at the beach.

Kivi Park – A fantastic 480-acre playground for those that love the outdoors, get ready to hike, bike and paddle!

Crosscut Distillery – A 100% grain-to-glass distillery sourcing grains and botanicals from all across Northern Ontario. Crafting one of a kind vodka, gin and whisky, there is a spirit sure to please everyone. Book your tour today, or stop in for a tasting flight, craft cocktails and charcuterie!

Those looking for craft beer can drop by one of the city's four breweries: Stack Brewing, 46 North Brewing, Optimist Brewery or Spacecraft Brewery – for a tasting.  

Check out Sudbury Tourism for a full list of things to see and do.

Places to Stay

Hampton Inn by Hilton – Spacious rooms, On the House hot breakfast, indoor pool and short drive to Science North and Dynamic Earth.

Best Western – Pet friendly, CAA/AAA approved downtown hotel, short drive to Science North, Bell Park

Fairfield by Marriott – Upscale accommodation, pool, hot tub, complimentary hot breakfast 

Microtel Sudbury – Only hotel in Sudbury to have automatic doors with roll in showers in our wheelchair accessible rooms.

Carol’s Campsite and RV Park – Two minutes from the Hwy 17 & Hwy 68 interchange on the outskirts of town

Cedar Grove Campground – 30 minutes outside of Sudbury, large private lots on the shores of McCharles Lake

Full list of places to stay. 

Places to Eat


Gloria’s Restaurant – Locals have been enjoying Gloria’s food for more than 65 years. Their breakfast has been voted the city’s best, every year since 2015.

Tutti Frutti Breakfast and Lunch – Serves inventive breakfasts and brunches.

Motley Kitchen – Weekend brunch is a must when in Sudbury for the weekend. 

Respect is Burning Kitchen and Bar – Casual, fun atmosphere for Italian classics located downtown.

Made In Canada (M.I.C.), Eatery & Whisky Pub – A popular and casual family restaurant with delicious and affordable house made Canadian dishes popular with all crowds.

The Laughing Buddha – Home to great pizza, soups, salads, and sandwiches, unique beer and a “killer vibe.”

The Kouzzina – Enjoy a fusion of Greek and Italian cuisine, with their delicious and unique handcrafted dishes. 

Wander Food & Wine – A chic, globally inspired lounge specializing in tapas, small plates and an eclectic wine list.

Di Gusto Wood Fired Pizza, Pasta & Wine Bar – Locally owned restaurant offering everything fresh, from scratch, and made with a love of authentic Italian cuisine.

Things to Do

Urban Air Adventure Park – Best year-round indoor family entertainment centre featuring rock climbing, ropes course, trampoline park, and Ontario’s only Sky Rider!

AY Jackson Lookout – Plunging 55 metres in one gorgeous cascade, High Falls on the Onaping River captured the heart of Group of Seven artist A.Y. Jackson. Hike along the scenic 1 km riverside trail to a bridge that spans the top of the falls and follow the marked trail beyond the bridge to explore the quiet forests for another two km loop. 

Hike the Rainbow Routes Association – Make an outdoor adventure a part of your visit to Greater Sudbury. With trail maps, self-guided nature walks and History Hike urban walks, they have an experience for you. Not to mention we have a 93 km section of The Great Trail (formerly the TransCanada Trail) right through the city.

Fishing – With 330 lakes in Greater Sudbury the options to find a great fishing hole are endless.

Cycling & Biking – There are plenty of routes year-round for all ages and abilities for your next outdoor adventure in Sudbury.

Two Options from Sudbury: 

OPTION 1: Sudbury to Manitoulin
OPTION 2: Sudbury to North Bay to Temiskaming Shores to Timmins

Option 1:
Manitoulin – Day Five & Six

Distance to Next Stop: 175 km / 109 mi

Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater island in the world. With a diverse ecology and geography, the island provides a natural playground where you can hike, bike, paddle or boat and fish. Immerse yourself in the community spirit and history of the Anishnabek people by visiting the numerous museums and galleries.

2 people walking behind a waterfall.

Things to Do

Gordon’s Park has mini putt, hiking trails and guided tours. Located in Tehkummhah, just 11 kms from South Baymouth.

Visit the Pioneer Museum & Welcome Centre located in Mindemoya or enjoy a walk on Wagg’s Woods Park & Trail, a 4 km walk through the forest with views of the Niagara Escarpment. There’s a small sand beach and picnic area with views of Treasure Island at Mindemoya Beach. 

From Mindemoya, about a 15km drive to the beach is said to be the best in Northern Ontario.   

Stroll along the boardwalk which offers scenic views of Lake Huron and the Mindemoya River.  

Kagawong where you’ll find a good variety of shops, cafes and takeout spots.  

Be sure to stop in at the Old Mill Heritage Centre and don’t miss the Bridal Veil Falls Lookout featuring a picnic area, three tiers of lookouts, and stairs down to the base of the falls where you can swim.

Hint: Providence Bay is unique to most areas in Northern Ontario in that there are virtually no black flies and almost no mosquitoes throughout most of the year.

Places to Stay


Cedar Grove Cottages – Two or three bedroom lakefront housekeeping cottages

Idyll Glen RV Park – Family fun in the sun, sand beach, fishing

Manitoulin Inn – 18 deluxe units which include queen-size beds, air conditioning, satellite tv, Kitchenettes, internet

Pirates Cove Cottages – Luxury two-bedroom cottages, steps from the water, boat rentals available

Mindemoya Motel – Cute motel on main drag

Providence Bay

The Mutchmore Lofts – Half a block from the beach, brand new, built out of a refitted general store into a cozy getaway

Huron Sands Motel & Restaurant – A quaint little motel just up the street from the beach

Providence Bay Tent & Trailer Park – Private, spacious and forested sites, virtually free of black flies and mosquitoes, beach, lots of amenities

Woodside Beach Cottages – Seven cottages steps from a sandy beach

Sullivan’s Cottages – Unique place to stay – try ‘the Jail’. Built in 1912, the Providence Bay Jail is now a cozy and cute accommodation that’s great for couples or solo travellers. Walking distance to beach. 

Places to Eat


Maja’s – Veg/vegan options, artisanal bakery, specialty garden lunches and dinners.

Mum’s Restaurant & Bakery – Homemade bread and treats

Mindemoya Grill & Chill – Generous helpings of all your comfort food favourites.

Dressed and Ready To Go – Food truck with delicious dressed fries, burgers and more.


Main Street Café – Drive-thru offering wraps, sandwiches, drinks and more.

Bridal Veil Variety – Take out subs, pizza & ice cream.

Kagawong Market – On Wednesday mornings 10a.m - 3p.m. at Old Church on The Hill Grounds all summer long.

Little Current

North 46 Restaurant – Offers fresh products from the region with a focus on Aboriginal themed dining—an authentic dining experience complemented with exceptional Manitoulin hospitality.

Providence Bay

Lake Huron Fish & Chips – Famous whitefish and chips in the heart of Providence Bay.

The School House Restaurant – Fine dining, locally grown ingredients, wonderful wine selection, reservations recommended. 

Peace Café at The Mutchmore – Specialty coffee and tea, selection of freshly baked goods.

Things to Do – Day Six

Wikwemikong First Nation: Travel the traditional canoe routes of the Anishnaabek with Wass Tours as your experienced First Nations guide shares the history and legends of the majestic Odawa Mnis (Manitoulin Island).

A must-see is in M’Chigeen First Nation is the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation where you can explore the museum and art gallery and find the perfect souvenir in the gift shop. 

The 4 km M’Chigeeng HikingTrail is rated moderate-difficult as one trail runs below the bluff, while the other climbs to the top for spectacular views. 

Lillian’s Crafts is another great stop, located on Hwy 540 offering traditional items by First Nation artists, including their famous hand-crafted quill boxes. 

Just northeast of M’Chigeeng along Hwy 540 you’ll find the magnificent Cup and Saucer Trail. Featuring a dramatic 70m cliff and breathtaking views, up to 12 km of hiking trails, and a 2 km adventure trail, it is one of the most popular trails in Ontario. You can spend anywhere from 1.5 to 4 hours here, taking in spectacular views over both the North Channel and Lake Manitou.

Head back to Tehkummah then to South Baymouth to catch the Chi-cheemaun ferry to Tobermory and head for home!  

Hint: make sure you book ahead and arrive two hours before your departure time.  

Option 2:
North Bay – Day Five

Distance to Next Stop: 127 km / 78 mi

North Bay has been nicknamed the “Gateway of the North” because of the lakes surrounding the city are also major waterways of trade and travel in the northern part of Canada. As any local can tell you, summer and winter are amazing in North Bay.  Located on a beautiful waterfront, downtown North Bay can be a great stroll around to meet locals, browse in quaint stores and for a must stop at “The Moose” for their famous wings. 

If you want to canoe, kayak or both, hike on great trails, or are looking to camp or boat, or even if you want world class fishing, North Bay has it all. It’s a true testament of what is so wonderful about the North. Full urban city with all of the outdoor attributes made famous by this part of the province.

Hint: Make sure and keep enough time to truly enjoy the waterfront in North Bay. It is a gem. 

People are on a three deck ferry viewing the natural landscape.

Things to Do

In North Bay purchase your tickets dockside for the 1:00pm departure of the Chief Commanda II sightseeing tour on Lake Nipissing. You will enjoy the North Bay skyline on your tour of beautiful Lake Nipissing. This two-hour boat tour will teach you about the history of North Bay and the surrounding area.

Laurier Woods Conservation Area is something extra special because here, the Forest comes alive. Literally. Laurier Woods is home to Forest Talk Radio, an app that lets you listen in on the secrets and conversations of the trees and creatures that call this woodland home. Just pull up the app on your phone, put your headphones in and now you’re part of the ecosystem. 

North Bay Museum located in the historic Canadian Pacific train station at the corner of Oak Street and Ferguson Street downtown North Bay. The museum includes a blend of interactive and artifact-based exhibits designed to appeal to audiences of all ages.

Dionne Quints Museum was home to the famous quintuplets, born May 28, 1934, the first quintuplets known to have survived infancy. The identical girls were born just outside Callander, Ontario, near the village of Corbeil. At this museum in North Bay, you can learn about their life and legacy.

Canadian Aerospace Museum, CFMAD strives to inspire within diverse audiences a deeper understanding and connection to Canada’s historical and current contributions to air defence by creating lasting connections to the history and artifacts.

Places to Stay

The Finch Beach Resort – North Bay’s newest accommodation with stylish mid-century inspired cottages, where guests are encouraged to put on their favorite records, relax under the vintage umbrellas or sip a classic cocktail. All this and a soft sandy beach. 

Sunset Inn – Located on beautiful Lake Nipissing, this unique inn brings the lake gateway to life for a relaxing night. Steps away from multiple restaurants, and just a short drive to the downtown core.

Hampton Inn by Hilton – Just off Highway 11, they’re steps from a range of eateries and three kilometers from Lake Nipissing's shoreline. The Laurentian Conservation Area is within four kilometers of the hotel. Enjoy free hot breakfast, WiFi, and their indoor pool.

Places to Eat


Twiggs is a North Bay staple, since 1995 and is the perfect place to stop for a nice freshly brewed coffee with the beans that were roasted in house! And don’t forget to try any of their breakfast/lunch options.

Average Joe’s with far from average view of beautiful views of Trout Lake. Potato-crusted pickerel or the hearty prime rib burger or the beef and mushroom pasta are a few menu choices. Hint: Don’t miss the restaurant’s weekend brunch.

Cecil’s Brewhouse & Kitchen is a wonderful spot for enjoying the fresh air while sipping on a house-brewed beer. The menu features classics like nachos and sandwiches, as well as entrees like beef bourguignon. 


The Boat – Set on a retired 99-foot steel-hulled boat, which ran from 1947 to 1974. This unique restaurant is known for its picturesque sunset views and menu of bar snacks and seafood staples like chowder and fish and chips. 

Station Tap House & Steak Co’s – A wood deck patio with 20 beers and two wines on tap plus a variety of other wines and cocktails available. Burgers made with Canadian prime beef patties are the specialty.

Arugula – The pizza is made using authentic ingredients, like San Marzano tomatoes and Italian Caputo double 00 flour, and cooked in a traditional, wood-fired pizza oven. They also feature sandwiches, salads, and vegan-friendly dishes. 

Hint: Head north and stop at the Fire Towers, at Temagami, a northern destination renowned for the old growth pine forests, with smooth water, paddling, bountiful fishing in warm months. Climb the renowned lookout towers to see the traditional ways to spot forest fires.

Temiskaming Shores – Day Six

Distance to Next Stop: 153 km / 95 mi

Nestled on the shores of Lake Temiskaming at the Ontario-Quebec border, Temiskaming Shores includes the communities of New Liskeard, Haileybury, Dymond, and North Cobalt. It’s location at the headwaters of the Ottawa River made the region an important transportation route for Indigenous peoples and European settlers during the Fur Trade. Its scenic landscapes were an inspiration for Canada’s famed Group of Seven who captured the region in their iconic style and there is even a continued hunt for a missing A.Y. Jackson thought to be hidden away in the area. 

Visitors to Temiskaming Shores can enjoy nature escapes such as hiking, boating, fishing, snowmobiling and skiing and the charms of the local towns with quaint accommodations, wilderness resorts, golf, galleries, beaches and more. 

Photo op: Stop at the visitors’ centre and say hello to Miss Claybelt, the larger than life Holstein cow, acknowledging the area’s important agricultural sector.

Things to Do

In the morning, follow the 2- or 4-km rugged trail to breathtaking views of Lake Temiskaming from Devil’s Rock. Proper footwear required!

Pick-up and snack on local food at Thornloe Cheese, heritage producers from grass-fed cattle, where fresh curds and BBQ-flavour are on the menu. Watch for Big Earl, the 9-ton all-steel sculpture bison on the highway outside Earlton.

Places to Stay 

Waterfront Inn – A convenient location right on the North end of Lake Temiskaming, with beautiful renovated rooms, with all the amenities nearby. It’s like home away from home. 

President’s Suites – This accommodation, owned and operated by French speaking family with a wealth of historical knowledge can offer you paddling and glamping experiences. 

Holiday Inn Express – Located in New Liskeard, just off the Trans-Canada Highway 11, is 3.9 km from the New Liskeard waterfront, which features a beach and a boardwalk.

Places to Eat


Gilli’s Truck Stop – Dedicated to being the best in premium casual dining it can be. Gilli’s is open for breakfast/lunch and dinner.

The Country Kitchen Restaurant – Serves breakfast all day!


Ali’s Grill and Bar – Fine dining, with countless positive reviews.

Rooster’s Bar and Grill – Roadhouse type Restaurant popular with the locals conveniently located at the Waterfront Inn. 

Zante’s Bar & Grill – Supports local farmers and serves up a menu including freshly-made burgers, Thornloe Cheese from up the highway and craft brew.

Timmins – Day Seven

Distance to Next Stop: 162 km / 100 mi

As you continue towards Timmins, located on the traditional lands of Mattagami First Nation,in the boreal forest we invite you to stop for some stress relief and meet the herd at Dream Acres Alpaca Farm. Purchase a hand-woven hat, socks or shawl made of hypoallergenic alpaca fibre - five to six times warmer than wool.

The City of Timmins and the Mattagami First Nations Traditional Territory is a four season destination for the adventurer in all of us. The discovery of gold here in 1909 earned Timmins its nickname, the “City with a Heart of Gold.” The roots of Indigenous, European and countless more communities make Timmins a truly diverse urban centre where all cultures are celebrated. The people of this area are eager to share the sights, sounds, stories and flavours of their community and invite you to slow down, relax and enjoy this beautiful Northern Ontario town they are lucky enough to call home.

People behind a fence petting 3 moose

Things to Do

Arrive at Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa for the tour of the Wilderness Park where you can get up close and personal with wildlife normally found in the region while riding in a tractor-drawn wagon through the wildlife park. Or book a relaxing treatment at the resort’s Spa Grande Nature with Nordic baths.  

Things to know: You will be around animals today so be sure to pack appropriate clothes like long pants and shoes appropriate for a farm environment.  

Tee up your visit with a booking at one of three golf courses: Hollinger Golf Club, Spruce Needles Golf Club and Sandy Falls Golf Course

Our series of walking trails will bring you face-to-face with the most gorgeous, photo-worthy landscapes in the region. Enjoy the sparkling waters of our rivers and lakes, offering a view of the local flora and fauna indigenous to the area.  

Timmins Wake Park is Northern Ontario’s first wake park located in the heart of the city at the Gillies Lake Conservation Area on the lake’s southeast corner along Highway 655. For all ages and skill levels and rental equipment is available. 

Places to Stay

Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa – Home to the Wilderness Park and a great place to stay. With an onsite spa, Nordic baths and a great restaurant, you will want for nothing!

Hampton Inn by Hilton – Minutes from downtown and the airport overlooking Mattagami River, where you can fish, canoe or just relax. 

Wild Exodus – Great locally-produced meals, unique accommodations such as glamping and outdoor vacation packages.  

Places to Eat


Restaurant Nadeau – Heartwarming home-cooked meals served by friendly bilingual staff. Also offers catering, deliveries and an assortment of take-home baked goods.

Radical Gardens – A farm-to-table restaurant and specialty bakery. Ever-changing menu of interesting local options, the menu is different each week.

Northern Lights Fauxmagerie – A unique experience by plant-based cheese and meat makers with a passion for clean, healthy AND delicious food. 


Lady Luck Restaurant – A new Filipino and international buffet restaurant serving lunch and dinner with a convenience store inside the restaurant – selling mostly Asian foods/products.

Get Ribbed Smokehouse & BBQ Pit – Family-owned business serving delectable meat cooked to perfection in a custom-built Texas smoker. The only authentic fruit wood smoked southern BBQ joint in Northern Ontario. Dine at Voyageur Dining and Bar, Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa. Excellent food, conveniently located at the Cedar Meadows Resort. 

Fishbowl Restaurant – A local favourite, serving good food since 1976. 

Last updated: October 5, 2023

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