Recreation Master Plan

About Recreation

This project is now completed.

Recreational opportunities are important building blocks for a strong and vibrant community. The City of Timmins has many recreation amenities, including 45kms of trails for walking and hiking, and 82 indoor recreation facilities. A Master Plan helps the City cost-effectively manage its programs and facilities.

The Timmins Recreation Master Plan is a planning tool that will assist Council and City department heads in planning for the long-term . It provides the framework for sustainable, high quality recreation services for the City. You can download the final version of the Master Plan on our Reports page.

The Recreation Master plan provides:

  • An assessement of current facilities and programming in Timmins.
  • An evaluation of population trends and projected needs for the future.
  • Recommendations for moving forward over the next 10 years.
  • An assessment of programs and emerging trends in recreation.
  • Implementation recommendations which includes a budget.

The Recreation Plan is one part of a bigger project to develop an integrated Culture, Tourism and Recreation Master Plan (CTRMP). The integrated plan identifies complementary opportunities in the community that will increase partnerships and investments. Recreation shares many of the same facilities and services as the Culture and Tourism sectors. Developing an Integrated Plan ensures we are making the best possible use of our resources and are not duplicating services.

Recreation Plan Development Timeline

Fall 2013

  • A Steering Committee made up of community representatives selected a consulting team through a competitive process
  • The Consultants worked with the Steering Committee to develop a process that would work for Timmins
  • The Consultants began gathering research and best practices to inform the plan
  • 500 people responded to public surveys about Tourism in the community.
  • 600 people participated in public consultations.

Winter 2013

  • The City sought youth and senior input.
  • Cultural groups responded to specific surveys.
  • Consultants presented findings from on-going surveys, focus groups to the public.
  • Consultants held 5 public consultations to go over proposed recommendations.
  • Consultants met with Council and City admin for feedback.

March 2014

  • Council requested a final round of public consultation sessions.
  • The Consultants completed the final draft.

Summer 2014

On July 28th 2014 City Council accepted a draft of an Integrated Culture, Tourism and Recreation Master Plan.

Our new Plan contains feedback from over 2000 residents and stakeholders, and is a good foundation for future growth and decision-making. It contains over 100 recommendations that will be used as starting points for Council. Council Members have stressed that the Plan is a great source document.  However, given financial constraints, it is likely that not all of the recommendations will be passed, at least not in the near future. Councillors plan to hold more sessions regarding which recommendations will be passed and what the time line for implementation will be.


Coordinator: Heather Duhn (


  • Doug Basso, Department Head of Student Life, O’Gorman High School
  • Steve Black, Councillor
  • Wayne Bozzer, Executive Director, Timmins YMCA
  • Mario Ciccone, Timmins physican
  • Mark Jensen, City of Timmins Director of Community Development
  • Jeannette Johnstone, Owner, Timmins Adventure Tours
  • Guy Lamarche, City of Timmins Manager of Tourism and Communications
  • Elisha Laughren, Timmins Family Health Team Health Promoter
  • Marty Paul, Health Promotor at the Porcupine Health Unit
  • Kees Pols, Executive Director at the Mattagami Regional Conservation Authority