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Then and Now shares historical photos and personal stories of past people, places, and events and connects them to their significance today. They are made possible through the continued support of Girones Bourdon Kelly Lawyers as part of our Community Leaders Program.

Former Timmins hospital grew from mining company project

Former Timmins hospital grew from mining company project

Bickering over site of early district hospital led to loss of funding
A lot of people put in a lot of work to build a district hospital in Timmins

A lot of people put in a lot of work to build a district hospital in Timmins

The regional facility marked its 30th anniversary this year
Club formed in back in the '30s embraced all-things winter

Club formed in back in the '30s embraced all-things winter

The hikers, snowshoe, and skiing club started up in November 1932
Hauntings have long been a part of local lore

Hauntings have long been a part of local lore

Enjoy these three spooky tales from the early days of The Porcupine
A trio of ghost stories from Timmins' past

A trio of ghost stories from Timmins' past

Hauntings part of local lore from the early days of The Porcupine
First 'talkie' ever filmed in Canada and British Empire shot locally

First 'talkie' ever filmed in Canada and British Empire shot locally

The first movie with full sound was screened in Timmins in 1929
Alligator boat was a key part of early lumber industry

Alligator boat was a key part of early lumber industry

'When the alligator was working, (the workers) lived on a place called the Scow, on an island on Night Hawk ... They would get the odd weekend off and rotate in'
Sport of cricket attracted many to work in gold mines

Sport of cricket attracted many to work in gold mines

William Place was the first to hit a 'century' locally
Frederick House trading post closed after murder spree

Frederick House trading post closed after murder spree

In 1813, a local Hudson's Bay Company site was closed after the post was attacked over the winter
Selecting a city name showed old divisions from amalgamation

Selecting a city name showed old divisions from amalgamation

Timmins, Porcupine and Timmins-Porcupine were ballot choices