To help remind us all about the vital role of mining and its importance, Timmins celebrates Mining Week.

Mining enriches our lives with everyday essentials. Ontario’s minerals help improve the air we breathe and the food we eat. Minerals help save lives and improve our health.

From nickel batteries to copper wiring, silica in light bulbs to uranium for nuclear power, minerals bring us energy and light. More than 30 minerals and metals are used to produce computers, televisions, stereo systems and kitchen appliances. Minerals also open our word to travel. Airplanes, cars, trucks, boats and trains are built with cobalt, steel, iron, copper, zinc and aluminum.

Mining Week Trivia Contest – Coming Soon

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Mining Quiz

Here are 5 questions to get you started. You will get your results when you finish all the questions.

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Which of these commodities are NOT mined in Ontario?

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Which of the following Ontario Metals are critical to accessing clean drinkable water?

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The process by which mined land is returned to its original state or better is known as?

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When does mine reclamation occur?

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The Ontario gold industry is essential to the production of which of the following?

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Did you know Timmins sits on prehistoric volcanoes?

From the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Center:

The geology of Timmins is structurally complex and rich with resources. 

The city of Timmins has more than 500 lakes with hundreds of miles of rivers and streams. It is also part of the Precambrian Shield which is the oldest geological formation on the planet and underlies most of Northern Ontario. The shield is broken up into provinces with Timmins resting on what is known as the ‘Superior’ province.  

Underneath the Tisdale and Whitney Townships is the Greenstone belt. The Abitibi Greenstone Belt is three kilometres wide and runs east and west. Made up from the fold of grinding volcanic rock that has cooled, this belt holds precious minerals and metals. It is here that the Hollinger, McIntyre, and Dome mines rest.

Timmins is also home to prehistoric volcanoes. They are usually found on or close to the Destor-Porcupine Fault, which is a major structure in the earth’s crust that can be traced several hundred kilometres from west of Timmins to near Val D’Or. Here is where you can find some the area’s major mines.

The city is located about 300 metres above sea level and sits in the middle of what was once a huge glacial lake known as Lake Barlow-Ojibway, stretching from the town of Kapuskasing eastward to Quebec.

Each week, the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre provides TimminsToday readers with a glimpse of the city’s past.

Find out more of what the Timmins Museum has to offer at and look for more Remember This? columns here.

Looking back at a snapshot of history in the Hollinger Mine

From the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre:

Coming up with topics for these weekly columns can be tricky at times however mining primary sources is always a good place to start when taking a deep dive into Local history.

The Hollinger Miner magazine is one such source. Hollinger Mine employees created it for Hollinger mine employees and their families.

The magazine highlighted general goings-on in the community and mine site and ran from 1946 to 1965. In this edition of Remember This? We take a closer look at one very special visit that took place in 1959.

The Hollinger Mine played host to so many VIPs from 1910 to 1968 including ministers, dignitaries, industry leaders from all over the world and no less than two members of the Royal Family, HRH the Prince of Wales in 1918 and his niece HRH Princess Margaret 63 years later in 1981.

In May of 1959, the Hollinger Miner documented a visit by two senior government officials: Mr. W.L Tsitsiwu, Education Attaché of Ghanaian embassy in Washington and Mr. E.V Mamphey director of training and education.

The Ghanian envoys to Timmins were warmly received by E.P Thompson General Superintendent and Manager E.A Perry.

The purpose of their two-day visit? To talk shop and compare notes with their industry counterparts surely and the obligatory tour of the site goes without saying. However, the real goal was to underline the excellence of Ghanaians working and living in Timmins while developing further training plans for the two mine engineering students that were in the Hollinger’s employ at this time.

As luck would have it, the Hollinger team was bested that year by four other teams: The Broulan mine at the number one spot, Paymaster came in second, Dome third and the McIntyre fourth.

The versatile young man who had experience In several of the mining and engineering departments must have been very proud indeed that such an investment was being made in developing his and other employees’ talents.

One can’t help but wonder what he and his colleagues, so young, keen and full of promise went on to achieve. Another deep dive is required for that though.

Each week, the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre provides TimminsToday readers with a glimpse of the city’s past.

Find out more of what the Timmins Museum has to offer at and look for more Remember This? columns here.