Get reacquainted with the history of the Town of Cobalt, with a walk through the life of early residents, thriving businesses and booming silver mining camps.
If you wish to learn more in regards to the Town of Cobalt’s walking trails, please give us a call at (705) 679-8877 or send us an email and we will be happy to help.
Cobalt Walking Trail
The Town of Cobalt was once a thriving community boasting all the amenities of major cities. It had its own newspaper, a stock exchange, a Y.M.C.A. with an indoor pool and bowling alley (the remnants of which can still be found in the municipal building), a theatre, opera house and a number of banks and hotels. The original Bank of Ottawa building and early Bank of Commerce are still in excellent condition on the main street.
The walking tour through town will situate the visitor at many of these locations and provide some insight into the life of the early residents of the once thriving silver boom town.
Heritage Silver Trail
The Heritage Silver Trail winds its way through town and along the far side of Cobalt Lake. It was established to halt the decay of many area landmarks that attest to the glory days of the once booming silver mining camp which extends well beyond Cobalt’s municipal boundaries, into and through the Townships of Coleman, Bucke, Lorrain and the Gillies Limit.
Many of the once famous mine sites are still there, some almost intact in the middle of the wilderness. Other sites would require some archeological skills to locate. Many of the structures are immense and cause one to wonder at the effort and engineering involved in developing such sites.
You may obtain a trail guide book or just a map at the Mining Museum to direct you through this self-guided tour. In the summer season, guided tours may be arranged through the Cobalt Mining Museum. These should be booked in advance.