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Timmins-Porcupine

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Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

The City of Timmins is located in Northeastern Ontario and is one of the richest mineral-producing regions in the western hemisphere. The sites chosen for this year’s Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine reflect our industrial heritage and rich multicultural history.

Discover the hidden treasures of the Porcupine gold fields! Play Timmins Doors Open Bingo and share your results with the Municipal Heritage Committee and the Timmins Museum on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and join the conversation @TimminsMNEC #Timminsheritage.

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Hollinger House Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Hollinger House

From 1919, the Hollinger Mine embarked on a building project to house its growing workforce. More than 300 green and red tar-paper houses were built in rows on the Hollinger townsite. This particular house was originally located on the Underground Mine Tour Site and then moved to its current location at the Timmins Museum. Read local historian Diane Armstrong’s account of how this house was saved from demolition. During Digital Doors Open, join the museum staff for breakfast inside the Hollinger House to find out more!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

325 Second Avenue (Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre)
Timmins, Ontario
www.timminsmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1919, 1936, 1967
Architect: Hill-Clark-Francis
Building type: Attraction, Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Thursday December 31, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Masonic Hall Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Masonic Hall

Freemasons are proud of their heritage and the principles by which they live: brotherly love, relief and truth. The Masonic Hall in Timmins, built in 1915, is governed by the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario and is one of more than 650 lodges in the jurisdiction. Read the Golden Beaver Lodge pamphlet to find out more about the history of Freemasonry in Timmins or view the slideshow to take a virtual tour of the Lodge Room.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

35 Tamarack Street
Timmins, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1915
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Thursday December 31, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

McIntyre Community Building Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

McIntyre Community Building

The McIntyre Community Building was built in 1938 for employees of the McIntyre Porcupine Mines. The company’s president, J.P. Bickell, directed that the building be modelled as a smaller version of Maple Leaf Gardens. Facilities include an arena, ballroom, auditorium, curling club and coffee shop. The building has been under municipal management since 1968. Frank Mahovlich and Bill Barilko are just two of the sporting greats who got their start at the “Mac.” Watch the archival video (from the collection of the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre) or explore further with our exclusive Digital Doors Open video below (coming soon).

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

85 McIntyre Road
Schumacher, Ontario
www.timmins.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1938
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Thursday December 31, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Municipal Building (Town Hall) Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

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Municipal Building (Town Hall)

On its official opening in 1938, the Municipal Building in Timmins was feted in the Porcupine Advance as “one of the most modern municipal centres in Northern Ontario.” Read more from the June 6, 1938 article in the Porcupine Advance. Explore the view from the city hall webcam. And learn about the most recent addition to the city hall – the staircase mural by artist Mique Michelle, completed in 2019 – part of the Indigenous Teachings Murals Project. You can read more about this project in the 2020 Timmins Tourism Guide.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Collections and resources
  • French services available

Contact info

220 Algonquin Blvd. East
Timmins, Ontario
www.timmins.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1937
Architect: P.J. O’Gorman
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Government building

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Thursday December 31, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

St. Mary Orthodox Church Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

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St. Mary Orthodox Church

The Porcupine gold fields offered ready employment and drew many immigrants from diverse backgrounds. St. Mary Orthodox Church was built by the Romanian community and dedicated on September 8, 1935. As part of Digital Doors Open, read a short history of the church or watch this video to see Fr. Orlando Geonea give a special prayer for the end of the pandemic.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

94 8th Avenue
Timmins, Ontario
Telephone: 705-288-8630
Email: stmarychurch1918@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/OrthodoxChurchTimmins

Architecture

Year built: 1935
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Thursday December 31, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

St. Matthew's Anglican Cathedral Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

St. Matthew's Anglican Cathedral

This church was built in 1913 and has been renovated several times over the years to take on its current form. St. Matthew's was designated as a permanent cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Moosonee in September 1961. The interior is interesting for the contemporary stained-glass windows by two well-known Canadian artists: Yvonne Williams and Rosemary Kilbourn. Read more about the church and its windows in the information pamphlet. Or watch the video below to step inside the church virtually and enjoy a special Digital Doors Open performance by Joshua Wood (horn) and Sue Steel (piano) from the Timmins Symphony Orchestra.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

331 Fifth Avenue
Timmins, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1913; 1926, 1947 and 1961 (additions)
Architect: D.R. Franklin (renovations, c.1947)
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Thursday December 31, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Timmins Fire Hall Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Timmins Fire Hall

The Timmins Fire Hall was built in 1957 to replace the old station that was adjacent to the Municipal Building on Algonquin Blvd. Porcupine established its first organized fire department shortly after the Great Fire of 1911. This tragic fire destroyed the mining settlement and took more than 70 lives. During Digital Doors Open, learn more about the fire hall by exploring the photo archive from the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre, and read more about the department’s history on the City of Timmins website. The jurisdiction of this hall’s fire chief includes six other fire halls: Mountjoy, South Porcupine, Schumacher, Whitney, Connaught and Victor M. Power Airport. Watch the video below to see their firefighters in training! (Coming soon!)

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

133 Cedar Street South
Timmins, Ontario
Telephone: 705-360-2626
Email: firedept@timmins.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1957
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Thursday December 31, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Timmins Memorial Cemetery Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Timmins Memorial Cemetery

The old Catholic Cemetery (1912-16) was moved from the churchyard on Fifth Avenue to this location in 1917, under direction of Father Theriault. Check this map to see how, historically, Protestants were buried on adjacent land, as well as the position of the Legion site, which was established in 1937. All sites were amalgamated into the Timmins Memorial Cemetery in 1966. It remains one of three cemeteries under management by the City of Timmins. Points of interest include a monument to victims of the 1928 Hollinger Mine Disaster, the headstone of hometown hockey hero Bill Barilko (watch the 2016 Tragically Hip’s performance of Fifty Mission Cap), and graves bearing the names of several well-known families and early pioneers of the Porcupine area.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1011 Pine Street South
Timmins, Ontario
Telephone: 705-360-2615
Email: cemetery@timmins.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1917
Building type: Cemetery, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Thursday December 31, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre

The Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre is a public resource dedicated to the presentation, promotion and preservation of heritage. During Digital Doors Open, you can participate in their Trivia Thursday and Photo Friday features by following them on Facebook and Instagram. Take a peek into the back room through a slide show that features pieces from the collection. And watch the one-minute lockdown video. The museum is pleased to report that it is now open to visitors once again. You can explore their new permanent exhibition “Where We Stand: Stories of the Land” and visit the temporary exhibition “A Taste of Science,” on loan from the Canadian Agricultural Museum. Find out more about visiting the museum and hours of operation on their website.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • French services available
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

325 Second Avenue
Timmins, Ontario
Telephone: 705-360-2617
Email: museum@timmins.ca
www.timminsmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2001
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Thursday December 31, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Timmins Public Library Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Timmins Public Library

High ceilings and soaring timber columns make this an architectural gem and community haven. Timber was chosen as the primary building material to reflect the importance of the forest products sector in the heritage, culture and economy of Timmins. Find out more about the history and background of the Timmins Public Library here. The library houses a comprehensive local history collection but, due to COVID-19, access is presently limited. You can still, however, explore the rich history of mining in Northern Ontario through a digitized version of the Porcupine Advance (1912-50).

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

320 Second Avenue
Timmins, Ontario
http://tpl.timmins.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2005
Architect: Ano Architects/Architectes Inc.
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Thursday December 31, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Whitney Cemetery and Deadman's Point Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Whitney Cemetery and Deadman's Point

The Whitney Cemetery was incorporated into the Cemetery Department of the newly amalgamated City of Timmins in 1973. Victims of the 1911 Great Porcupine Fire were buried here on the shore of Porcupine Lake, hence the name Deadman's Point. The cemetery has remained in service since that time. Points of interest include the monument to victims of the fire and the Wiess Family Crypt. Watch the video below to hear survivor Minnie Graham relate her recollections of the tragic fire, as well as to learn more about the fate of the Wiess Family from Timmins Museum historian, Ken Doherty.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Cemetery Road, off of Haileybury Crescent
Porcupine, Ontario
Telephone: 705-360-2615
Email: cemetery@timmins.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1911
Building type: Cemetery

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Thursday December 31, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine