The Mattagami Region Conservation Authority (MRCA) provides a variety of recreational opportunities throughout the City of Timmins through its system of conservation areas and community trails.
The Timmins Recreation Trail Network is designed to provide walkers, hikers and cyclists with convenient and safe access to the great outdoors in and around the City of Timmins. The network includes the popular walking oval at Gillies Lake, the wilderness trails at the Hersey Lake Conservation Area and the scenic strolls available at Porcupine Lake.
Situated in the beautiful jack pine forests just north of Timmins, the Hersey Lake Conservation Area is 180 hectares of lakes, trails and scenic lookouts. Picnic areas, nature trails and a swimming beach are a few of the features this area has to offer. The conservation area is located 5 km north of Timmins on Highway 655.
The removal of many residences and businesses from the floodplain along the Mattagami River in the early 70s allowed the Authority to develop this 7-hectare green space. Picnic facilities, washrooms and plenty of parking make this a popular destination if you want to enjoy the shores of the Mattagami River.
Located at the west end of Porcupine Lake, this area offers a beautiful setting to enjoy the area's wildlife or to have a scenic picnic. It also features a boat launch, a children's playground and much more. Access is via the east end of either Bruce Avenue or Bloor Avenue in South Porcupine.
This conservation area features a 2.5 km lit walking trail around a 20 hectare lake in the heart of the City. There is a public supervised swimming area, plenty of parking, picnic areas and public washrooms. It can be accessed from Park Road off of Algonquin Blvd. or from Highway 655.
Tamarack Nature Trail
This self-guided interpretive trail has been designed to introduce the conservation area visitor to some of the unique plants and animals of the northern environment. Located along the trail are fifteen interpretive stations whose numbers correspond to those in the available booklet. Each station acts as a rest spot where you will be able to learn more about the natural and human history of the area while experiencing some of the sights, sounds and smells of the forest around you.
Community Trail System
Whether you are walking or cycling, the City's 45 km recreational trail system reaches out to the four corners of the community. With a hard-packed rock surface, this trail network joins the community's major conservation areas and many points in between. Rest areas, scenic overlooks and interpretive signs are a few of the system's features.