Timmins Underground Gold Mine Tour


Useful Information

Location: Timmins. Entrance through the Shania Twain Visitor Center. (48°28'10.62"N, 81°19'1.09"W)
Open: 16-MAY to JUN Wed-Sun 11:30, 13:30.
JUL to AUG daily 9:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15.
SEP to OCT Wed-Sun 11:30, 13:30.
[2007]
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Classification:  Gold Mine
Light: electric.
Dimension: T=3°C
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Address: Timmins Underground Gold Mine Tour, 220 Algonquin Blvd E., Timmins, ON, Tel: +1-705-360-2619. E-mail: contact
Tourism Timmins, 54 Spruce Street South Timmins, ON P4N 2M5, Tel: 1-705-360-8500, Toll Free: 1-800-387-TIMM (8466), Fax: 1-705-360-8509. E-mail: contact
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History

 
1909Hollinger Gold Mine discovered by Benny Hollinger.
1990show mine opened.

Geology


Description

The Timmins Underground Gold Mine Tour (TUGMT) is a touristic overview on historic and contemporary gold mining in the area of Timmins and Porcupine. The tour starts at the Shania Twain Visitor Center, but the only connection between country music and gold mining is, that Shania Twain was born at Timmins. The mine tour is pretty strenuous for the visitor, which have to change clothes. Provided with hard hat, lamp, belt, coveralls and boots they look like real miners. The mine itself is pretty cold, only 3°C, so a sweater and warm socks are advisable.

The underground tour visits Hollinger Mine. Among other things it demonstrates the operation of a scaling bar, a slusher, a muck machine and an operating jack-leg drill. If dont even know the names, you will lear on the tour. There is an underground ride on a mine train and a drilling and blasting display. Exhibits include the largest gold nugget and glass sculptures.

The underground tour takes place various times a day and is guided. While waiting for the tour or afterwards many other sights may be visited. Hollinger House is an old wooden building which contains an exhibition of mining memorabilia. Jupiter Headframe is an abandoned headframe which now contains two exhibit rooms. An observation deck overlooks Timmins and the open cast mine. A miners trail shows mineral outcrops on the surface. The Gold Pour is a working replica of a gold furnace, where true gold is smelted several times a day.


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