The Timmins Wake Park is owned and operated by Boombox Wakeparks. The company was founded in 2013 by Justin and Johny Bonney; born and raised in Timmins, Ontario.
These two brothers have been wakeboarding since the summer of 2000 ever since their mother bought a boat to encourage them to spend more time at the family cottage on Ice Chest Lake. She then drove them six hours south to the famous Muskoka Store so they could purchase their first wakeboard.
From there wakeboarding has taken them around the world to places like Australia, Philippines, Europe, and Thailand. After travelling the world once over Justin and Johny began to dream up the reality of having their own wake park right here at home.
The Timmins Wake Park is the culmination of two years of hard work and perseverance. In October 2012, Johny appeared before City Council and proposed the idea of installing a wake park on the shores of Gillies Lake. Nestled in the heart of the city, the Gillies Lake Conservation Area is often referred to as the 'crown jewel' of Timmins. Significant community efforts over the last few decades have transformed this space from a polluted mine tailings site into a beautiful semi-urban wilderness park complete with walking trails, recreation areas, and green space.
Over the next few months, the Bonney brothers would embark on a difficult journey in trying to sell their vision for Gillies Lake and getting the community support they needed to see this project move forward.
Finally in April 2013, the Mattagami Region Conservation Authority passed a resolution in support of a wake park to be installed on the southeast corner of Gillies Lake. After months of careful negotiations, Boombox Wakeparks entered into a land lease agreement with the MRCA in March 2014. This truly is a dream come true for the Bonney’s who grew up just around the corner from Gillies Lake.
The boys feel it is very important to give new opportunities for sports recreation, especially to the youth in our community. Being fortunate enough to grow up with a family cottage wherein they could partake in watersport activities at their own leisure, they are hoping to bring that same opportunity to others by making it accessible for everyone wishing to try something new.
The Timmins Wake Park is deeply rooted in the philosophy of sustainable community development. We are a young forward-thinking company committed to progress, and we look forward to serving this great community for many years to come!
photo: Kelly Mac