Cobalt and its Silver Rush

The Town of Cobalt is home to about 1000 people – a population very proud of their rich history. Cobalt was founded in 1903 and experienced an incredible silver boom that peaked in the 1920s and made a significant impact on Canada’s overall economy. Cobalt was famous! People were eager to hop on the train from Toronto to come here. Many traveled from all over the world to work and live in Cobalt. Today, Cobalt’s downtown core is alive with cultural entrepreneurship – you will find, for example, a local artist’s store selling unique artwork and providing custom framing; an aboriginal craft store; a publishing company housing a small bookshop with material on local subject matter; a historic theatre presenting professional acts and housing community initiatives from year to year, a family-owned restaurant, a hairstylist’s shop, and three very interesting museums.

Cobalt Mining Museum

Heritage Silver Trail

This is a self-guided tour around various mine sites in Cobalt. Maps and further information are available at the Cobalt Mining Museum. The trail can either be navigated by foot or by motor vehicle. It consists of 19 historic mine sites. At each site, you will find a sign depicting the history of that particular site. The tour is very informative and interesting.

Underground Colonial Mine Adit Tour

The underground tour of the Colonial Mine Adit, a mine that was once fully operational in the outskirts of the Town of Cobalt, is offered by the Cobalt Mining Museum during the summer months. Guided tours inside the Colonial Mine Adit last approximately 40 minutes underground. Hard hats are required and are provided by the Museum. This mine was in operation from 1907 to 1937 during Cobalt's silver boom. It is estimated that 1.25 million ounces of silver were produced from the Colonial Mine alone. The tour guides are friendly and knowledgeable. You do not want to miss this one-of-a-kind tour!


Cobalt is home to three distinct museums. The Cobalt Mining Museum features local history pertaining to all things Cobalt – particularly, of course, the town’s mining history. During the summer months, knowledgeable and dedicated staff can take you on guided tours throughout town. The Bunker Military Museum is home to an incredible military collection, telling the stories of soldiers from not just Cobalt, but from all over the world. The Bunker Military Museum is on the bottom floor of the former Fraser Hotel. Cobalt also is home to the Northern Ontario Firefighters’ Museum, with images and information on local fires (Cobalt experienced a devastating fire in 1977) – a great way to commemorate the hard work and dedication of firefighters local to Northern Ontario.

Group of Seven Tour

Take part in a self-guided tour to learn and see where the Group of Seven artists have painted beautiful Northern Ontario landscaping.


Built in 2011, Teck Prospect Park features an outdoor jungle gym and a unique mini-putt for the public to enjoy during the warmer months. What’s interesting about this mini-putt is that all the greens are designed to show off the many historic buildings that exist in the Town of Cobalt.

Right-of-Way Mine Tour

This guided tour was developed only in recent years and is delivered in the summer months by the staff of the Cobalt Mining Museum. The Right-of-Way head frame is one of the most visible original in-town head frames in Cobalt. It is situated by the train tracks, just behind St. Patrick's School. This unique tour is one that you do not want to miss.

Cobalt mining heritage

Bunker Military Museum Guided Tour

The tour of the Bunker Military Museum can either be self-guided or guided by knowledgeable staff. This museum features many unique wartime artefacts unique to the South Temiskaming area, but also provincial, national, and international relics.

Cobalt Mining Museum

Cobalt Mining Museum

24 Silver Street, Cobalt, Ontario  P0J 1C0
The Cobalt Mining Musem has hundreds of artefacts related to the silver boom at the turn of the last century. Artefacts related to the experience of workers, as well as women and immigrant communities, tell a story of Canada's last great mineral rush.

Spring Pulse Poetry Festival

Box 247, Cobalt, ON  P0J1C0
Spring Pulse Poetry Festival is Northern Ontario's largest poetry/arts annual event. Audiences have rated it Canada's best-valued poetry festival.
Art gallery in Cobalt

Laura's Art Shoppe

38 Silver Street, P.O. Box 559, Cobalt, Ontario  P0J 1C0
Custom framing, regional and local artwork, pottery, carvings, sculptures, unique gifts of all kinds.
Aboriginal gift shop

The Silver Moccasin

P0J 1C0, Cobalt, ON  P0J1C0
First Nations owned and operated arts and crafts store specializing in moccasins.
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Town of Cobalt

P.O. Box 70, Cobalt, Ontario  P0J1C0
Cobalt is a dynamic community nestled in the heart of the Pre-Cambrian Shield. Named Ontario’s Most Historic Town and a Parks Canada National Historic Site, Cobalt enjoys all of the services of much larger communities in a relaxed lifestyle. The town’s modern
Welcome to Marsh Bay Resort

Marsh Bay Resort

937740 Marsh Bay Road, RR1, Cobalt, ON  P0J 1C0
Marsh Bay Resort is a family friendly resort offering cottage rentals, full service RV sites, camping sites. Motorized and non-motorized boat rentals are available. The swimming beach and playgrounds will keep children happy and busy.
LIve entertainement

Classic Theatre Cobalt

30 Silver St., P.O. Box 29, Cobalt, Ontario  P0J 1C0
Our theatre is an intimate 250-seat auditorium built in 1926. Situated in Ontario's Most Historic Town, Cobalt, Ontario.

Devil's Rock

Bucke Park Rd, North Cobalt, ON  P0J 1R0
If you are in the Temiskaming Shores area, don't miss the amazing opportunity to visit Devil's Rock. It ranks among the best scenic views in the province. The view from the top is simply spectacular. A fault cliff with a 600 ft face rising 300 ft above Lake
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Cobalt Historical Society

21 Silver Street, Cobalt, ON  P0J 1C0
Dedicated to preserving and promoting the mining heritage of the Town of Cobalt, the Cobalt Historical Society are the keepers of the Heritage Silver Trail - a self-guided tour through the town and the back roads of Coleman Township. Visitors are able to tour dozens

Enterprise Temiskaming

325 Farr Drive, Box 2050, Haileybury, Ontario  P0J 1K0
Enterprise Temiskaming is one of 54 Small Business Enterprise Centres in Ontario offering entrepreneurs all the tools they need to start and grow their businesses. We focus on providing support to start-up and small enterprises during their initial years of
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