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Cobalt, Ontario

Cobalt, is a small town of 1,000 residents located in northeastern Ontario, near the border with Quebec. Cobalt lies just east of the Northern Route of the Trans Canada Highway #11, about 145 km N of North Bay and about 100 km S of Kirkland Lake. Cobalt is accessed via Highway 118 midway between Highway 11 and Haileybury/Temaskaming Shores where it rejoins Highway 11.

If you continue driving on Highway 11, you by-pass Cobalt and Haileybury to the east of the Highway..

Today, Cobalt is a vibrant community that celebrates its rich history and culture. The town is home to a number of historic landmarks and attractions, including the Cobalt Mining Museum, the Heritage Silver Trail, and the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre. It is also a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, thanks to its scenic natural beauty and proximity to a number of lakes and wilderness areas.


Cobalt History

In 1903, a silver deposit was discovered near Cobalt by a railway worker named Frederick LaRose. This discovery sparked a silver rush, and within a few years, the town of Cobalt had grown rapidly as prospectors and miners flooded into the area.

During the early 1900s, Cobalt became one of the most important silver-mining centers in the world, with numerous mines. These mines produced a significant tonnage of silver, as well as other minerals such as cobalt, nickel, and arsenic.

The silver rush made Cobalt a center of industry, commerce, and culture. The town was connected to the rest of Ontario by a railway line, and it had several hotels, theaters, and other amenities.

By the end of Word War II, the area’s silver deposits were depleted and most of the mines in Cobalt had closed. However, the town has continued to thrive as a center for mining and industry for the region.

Cobalt Attractions

Cobalt Mining Museum

24 Silver Street, Cobalt, ON P0J 1C0
(705) 679-8301
Website https://www.cobaltminingmuseum.ca/

This museum explores the history of the town’s silver mining industry, featuring exhibits and artifacts related to mining and daily life in Cobalt. Contact the museum for more information:

Cobalt Heritage Silver Trail
Kerr Lake Rd, Cobalt, ON P0J 1C0

(705) 679-8877
Website https://cobalt.ca/tourism/cobalt-heritage-silver-trail

This self-guided tour takes visitors through the town’s historic silver mining district, featuring stops at various historic buildings and mining sites. Contact the town for more information:

Cobalt Heritage Theatre

This historic theater has been restored to its former glory and hosts a variety of shows and performances throughout the year.

Lake Temiskaming Scenic Drive

This scenic drive takes visitors along the shores of Lake Temiskaming, offering stunning views of the water and surrounding landscape.

Devil’s Rock

This scenic lookout offers panoramic views of the surrounding area and is accessible by hiking trail. Contact the town for more information:
(705) 679-8877.
Website https://cobalt.ca/tourism/devils-rock

Cobalt Lake

This small lake is located within the town limits and is a popular spot for fishing and boating.

Earlton-Timiskaming Regional Airport

This airport is located about 30 minutes from Cobalt and offers flights to Toronto, making it a convenient entry point for visitors to the area.

Silver Bean Café

3 Prospect Ave, Cobalt, Temiskaming Shores, Ontario N6B 3A4
Website https://www.silverbeancafe.com/

This cozy cafe is housed in a historic building and serves a variety of coffee drinks and baked goods.

Lake Temiskaming Tour

(705) 648-1133
Website https://www.temiskamingshores.ca/en/experience/lake-temiskaming-tour.aspx

This boat tour explores the natural beauty of nearby Lake Temiskaming, with stops at scenic areas and points of interest. Contact the tour company for more information:

Miners’ Memorial Park

119 Silver Street, Cobalt, ON P0J 1C0

Pay tribute to the miners who worked in the Cobalt mines with a memorial and interactive displays.

Heritage Silver Trail Mural

Silver Street (intersection of Silver Street and Prospect Avenue), Cobalt, ON P0J 1C0

View a mural showcasing the history of the Cobalt silver mining district.

Cobalt Northern Ontario Firefighters Museum

1 Lang Street, Cobalt, ON P0J 1C0

Explore a museum dedicated to firefighting history in the region.

Cobalt Classic Theatre

1 Silver Street, Cobalt, ON P0J 1C0
Website: Cobalt Classic Theatre

Enjoy live performances, concerts, and cultural events in a historic theater.

Cobalt, Ontario Area Map