Cobalt mining heritage
The Ideal Location for your Family Vacation
Are you looking for a great family vacation? Do you want to be surrounded by nature? Do you want a locale that is affordable, has no waiting lines, and is close to home? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then come to the Lake Temiskaming region; it has countless exciting options for all ages.

Toddlers

It is not always easy to find vacation activities for little ones, but there are many available in the Lake Temiskaming region. Here are some of our activities that you might want to consider. Two of the major attractions for young children are the beautiful heritage carousels and miniature railway at North Bay’s Waterfront, which attracts over 100,000 visitors every summer. The Tech Cominco Prospect Park in Cobalt offers fun for all ages with its splash pool, mining-themed mini-golf, and soccer and baseball fields. Also, the McDonald’s in nearby New Liskeard has a large play structure, so you’ll be able to enjoy your breakfast or morning coffee while your children are having a blast. Haileybury’s beach and waterpark are also a must.

Carousel North Bay

There are several exciting festivals on the Québec side of Lake Temiskaming, including Le Rodéo du Camion during the first weekend of August, the Festival Western de Guigues during the second weekend of August, and the Foire Gourmande in mid-August. These three festivals also offer large play areas for toddlers and children. Your kids will enjoy eating and playing in the restored railcar in the Subway restaurant in Temiscamingue. Next door, an ice cream parlour provides a tasty conclusion to your excursion.

Foire Gourmande

School-Age Children

We have such an enticing mix of museums, nature activities, and interactive learning that your older children won’t want to go home. On sunny days, the enchanted forest at the Fort Témiscamingue National Historic Site makes you feel as if you’re in a fairy-tale. A visit to the fort will transport the whole family to the time of the voyageurs, explorers, and fur traders. Another must see is the supervised Haileybury beach with its 45-metre water slide, water park, and wading pool. Cyclists will adore the 12.7 km Kate Pace Way trail in North Bay. Its deluxe Delfino bikes can carry up to 4 adults and 4 youths. In Cobalt’s underground mine tour, walk the mine tunnels that were carved out a century ago in search of silver deposits, and learn about the miners’ lives and fortunes. Close by is the mining-themed mini-golf course. The Canadian Ecology Centre in Mattawa has a variety of fascinating educational activities for children, including daylong, overnight, and outreach educational programs.

Cobalt mining heritage

Rainy days can be just as exciting. The interpretation centre at the Fossilarium in Notre-Dame-du-Nord uncovers the secrets of fossilization, and offers a wide variety of family-friendly activities. The largest collection of wasp nests in the world - with over 700 nests – is located at the Laverlochère interpretation centre. Discover the methods and materials wasps use to build their nests, and much more!

Fossilarium

For a tasty treat, visit the chocolate factory in Ville-Marie. Les Chocolats Martine offers a wide selection of treats, all made from genuine Belgian chocolate. A guided tour delves into the fascinating history of chocolate, and uncovers the secret of La Caramelle.

Chocolats Martine

Teenagers

The Temiskaming region provides myriad activities for teens that will undoubtedly delight them and engage their interest. The state-of-the-art Harder for Carter Skate Park in New Liskeard is one of the best of its kind in Northern Ontario, and will keep your teenager busy for hours on end. Rollerbladers can speed along North Bay’s 12.7 km paved trail while enjoying the picturesque views of Lake Nipissing. Adventuresome, energetic teenagers will want to climb the 30-metre high Temagami Fire Tower to the top of Caribou Mountain. From this vantage point, the viewer can see beautiful Temagami for a span of over 40 kilometres. The site also has hiking trails and picnic areas. Rock climbing in Ville-Marie, which offers difficulty levels for children of all ages, provides the family with another exciting day of outdoor activities. The Chibekana site has a 15-metre-high rock face. Pyramid Paintball Park in Bonfield, close to North Bay, offers a variety of paintball games suitable for teens.

Climbing, Ville-Marie, Chibekana

For over a century, Temagami has been the home of Temagami region is the world’s third-busiest wilderness-canoeing area.

Canot, Temagami

Don’t forget to plan your accommodation and meals; many of our partners and restaurants also cater to children.
 
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Classic Theatre Cobalt

P.O. Box 29, Cobalt, Ontario  P0J 1C0
We offer opportunities for high school-aged teens to volunteer at the Theatre.
705-679-8080705-679-8080
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Foire gourmande de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue et du Nord-Est ontarien

C.P. 6001, Ville-Marie, Québec  J9V2A1
Inflatable games, treasure hunt, face painting, cooking lessons, children's entertainers, live shows and more surprises! An infant section is also going to be available for you during the event.
819-622-0199819-622-0199
www.foiregourmande.ca
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Le Rift Galerie Théâtre Cinéma

42, rue Ste-Anne, Ville-Marie, Québec  J9V 2B7
art visual classes from 4 years old
819-622-1362819-622-1362
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STATO's Haunted Hustle - 5K/10K/Half & Full Marathon (Boston Qualifier), & The Greyt Relay 4 Person Team Event
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STATO's Haunted Hustle

P.O. Box 64, Haileybury, Ontario  P0J 1K0
The Greyt Relay is for Children 8 - 12 years of age, it is a 4 Person Relay Team Event. Youth 8 to 12 years of age are also welcome to participate in single events 5 and 10K walk/runs.
705-648-8320705-648-8320
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Cross country skiing in the Lake Temiskaming area
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Temiskaming Nordic Ski Club

P.O. Box 2019, Temiskaming Shores, ON  P0J 1P0
The club is great for a family outing even with younger children. We have rental equipment for all ages including baby sleds. You could ski the numerous trails closer the chalet so that it is always easy to come back to warm up.
705-679-5106705-679-5106
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Fossilarium

5, rue Principale Sud, Notre-Dame-du-Nord, Québec  J0Z 3B0
At the Fossilarium museum, you'll discover the fascinating world of fossils. We have giant fossil replicas as well as video animations. We also offer guided tours and souvenirs.
819-723-2500819-723-2500
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Club d'escalade Le Rappel du Nord

Rue Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Ville-Marie, Québec  J9V1Y5
The Chibekana climbing site is the perfect place to practice your climbing skills in a natural setting. Roughly 15 metres high, the rock faces offer routes for every level. Beginners will easily scale some, while seasoned climbers can challenge themselves on a more
819-629-9007819-629-9007
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Concours de labour du Temiskaming Plowing Match

P.0.Box 231, Earlton, Ontario  P0J 1P0
Since twenty years, Temiskaming offers its yearly plowing match. Ploughmen demonstrated and share their passion through a friendly competition. With horses, old tractors they are proud to show their knowledge to youth and citizens. All can see the evolution of the
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Festival des Folies Franco-Fun

P.O. Box 1644, Temiskaming Shores, Ontario  P0J 1P0
This fun-filled festival for all ages celebrates francophone culture and its characteristic 'joie de vivre' through vibrant concerts, local talent, activities for schools, a crazy fun activities for all!!
705-647-6105705-647-6105
http://www.francofun-temiskaming.ca/festival/
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Truck Rodeo
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Le Rodéo du Camion

5 Ontario Street, Notre Dame du Nord, Québec  J0Z3B0
The truck Rodeo first started in 1981, as part of the local fish derby. It all started as a small event, where the control tower was on the president’s veranda: Jacques ” Bébé” Dubé. A dozen of truckers showed their skills before a few hundreds of spectators. Who
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