The City of Temiskaming Shores, the Town of Cobalt and their surrounding areas are very safe, friendly communities suited for family activities. This region has a few beaches, picnic areas, parks and attractions and activities for people of all ages. Our region is perfect for the Canadian family getaway you’ve always wanted.
Beaches, Picnic Areas and Parks
Cobalt, Temiskaming Shores and surrounding area are very welcoming and family-friendly. There are many beaches, picnic areas and parks for all ages. For example, close to the Haileybury Beach, there is an outdoor jungle gym for younger school-aged children to play on. New Liskeard features a state-of-the-art skate park for older kids – but always remember to wear a helmet! In Cobalt, just a few years ago, a mini-putt park was built; this one’s particularly neat because each green features a historic building from the town of Cobalt!
Bass Lake in Coleman Township (just a short drive outside of Cobalt) has always been a local favourite – probably due to the shallow beach’s soft sand. The Haileybury Beach, which is on Lake Temiskaming, is also popular. It is staffed with lifeguards during the summer months and it has an awesome waterslide!
Attractions and Activities for School-aged Children
School-aged children will likely be interested in the local museums that display artefacts and give guided tours on various topics, revealing the region’s rich history. In Cobalt, enjoy the Cobalt Mining Museum: during the summertime, you can sign up for an interesting tour of a mine that was once fully operational, led by the Museum’s own tour guides. While you’re in town, take some time to check out the Bunker Military Museum and the Northern Ontario Firefighters’ Museum. In Haileybury, step inside an actual streetcar and catch a glimpse of Haileybury’s history at the Haileybury Heritage Museum. In New Liskeard, chat with staff about all things agriculture while visiting the Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum.
School-aged children will also love swimming in our sandy beaches, practicing their skateboarding skills at the Carter Antila Memorial Skate Park, and eating yummy ice cream at Big Bites or Big Scoops, which are near the New Liskeard Beach, or R U Hungries, near the Haileybury Beach. During the winter months, take advantage of the public skating times at one of our arenas, or take a dip in our public pool at the Pool & Fitness Centre during the public swim times.
Attractions and Activities for Teenagers
Situated in New Liskeard: Many teens in the region are unsurprisingly drawn to the Carter Antila Memorial Skate Park, which is walking distance from the beach on Lake Temiskaming. Other favourite spots include the café and game room situated in downtown New Liskeard’s only independent bookstore, Chat Noir Books.
Is your teenager a shopaholic? Support local small businesses in downtown New Liskeard. Fashion-savvy teenagers who appreciate local artwork will be drawn to other favourite local businesses including Not So Naked Designs, Once is Not Enough Boutique, Details, White Lace & Promises, Armstrong on Whitewood, and Spirit of the Arts Gallery. Howey Bros is also a great shop for those who are into skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, and popular brands such as Burton, Volcom, Roxy, and Nixon. Active One Source for Sports is another great store in downtown New Liskeard suited to all your sporty teen’s needs.
History buff teenagers will enjoy the local museums. Contact the Temiskaming Shores & Area Chamber of Commerce for information on South Temiskaming’s Welcome Centre and all that the region has to offer.
During the cold winter months, many teens escape to our local ski hills. Snowboarding and skiing (both downhill and cross-country) are local favourites. Snowshoeing is great as well! Take a look at our local trails and be prepared to explore the sweeping beauty of our region.
During the warm summer months, the water-loving teen can enjoy swimming, fishing, kayaking, or canoeing on one of our peaceful lakes.
Our region also offers public gyms with access to cardio equipment, weightlifting machines and free weights. The Pool & Fitness Centre also has a squash room. Also situated in New Liskeard is Balanced Motion Pilates & Yoga – a studio that offers drop-in rates for individual classes. Another great, innovative place to work out is Revkor Temiskaming Shores, situated in the downtown core of New Liskeard. Take a peek at their website to see what you can expect. In Haileybury, Zen Fitness Center offers a great gym with cardio and weightlifting equipment, too.