What is Northern Ontario Expo?
Northern Ontario Expo is a two day comic con style event held annually in Timmins, Ontario. It's a weekend of fun and excitement with features including celebrity meet and greets, panels, workshops, cosplay, artists, vendors and more!  

Where is Northern Ontario Expo 2017?
Northern Ontario Expo 2017 is at the Archie Dillon Sportsplex and Arena. 396 Theriault Blvd, Timmins, ON P4N 5B6

When is Northern Ontario Expo 2017?

Northern Ontario Expo is May 6th and 7th 2017 

What are the hours of Northern Ontario Expo 2017?

Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM  

Tickets and Prices

Advanced tickets are not available this year, day admission fees are as follows:

0 yr - 5 years of age - Free admission

6 yr - 12 years of age - $5.00/day

13 + years of age $10.00/day

Will my child need adult accompaniment?
Any child using a Child Pass and children 5 and under require adult accompaniment.


How do I become a vendor?
Please visit the home page of our website and scroll down to the red box, click, print and return as instructed.  It's that simple.

Will there be a list of vendors available?

Yes! We will have vendors listed on the website and shoutouts on our social media pages.


What kind of programming will be happening at Northern Ontario Expo 2017?

We’ve got something for everyone! There will be discussion panels, Q&A panels with guests, workshops or seminars on a number of topics, costume contest and so much more!  (schedule subject to change without prior notice)


What’s expected of me as a volunteer?

Volunteers must offer up a minimum of 5 hours of their time over the course of the weekend. Volunteers are expected to perform the tasks they are asked.

What do I receive as a volunteer?

In exchange for their work, volunteers receive a weekend pass to the convention, a badge, a volunteer T-shirt, snacks and beverages.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

To apply to any of the general teams and the gaming team, you must be 13 years old. To apply to the guest team or security team, you must be at least 19 years old.

I think I want to volunteer, how do I start the process?

Head over to the Volunteer page and read the information there.


What are your cosplay and weapons policies?

You can find all our policies listed on our Policies page.

What are the rules for the Costume Contest?

Rules for the costume contest can be found on the Costume Contest page.

Is there an entry fee?

No, the cost of entering the costume contest is included in your admission.

Do I have to sign up in advance?

Yes, details on where and when to sign up can be found on the Costume Contest page.

When is the Costume Contest?

May 7, 2017 at 12:00pm - Archie Dillon Sportsplex Arena

What Category should I enter?

There are three categories, Youth (0-12), Teen (12-18) and Adult (18+).

My costume may not be family friendly or may violate one of your policies; can I still enter the costume contest?

All costumes must follow the rules we have set in our general policies. Costumes deemed to be offensive may result in expulsion from the convention.

When/Where/How does judging take place?

Details on where and when judging takes place can be found  on our Costume Contest page.

Autographs and Photographs

How many people can be in a photograph?

It’s up to the guest’s discretion. We suggest a maximum of 2 people to ensure photo quality won’t be affected.

What will guests sign?

It’s up to the guest’s discretion. Collectible cards, posters, headshots, books, toys, props haven’t posed a problem in the past.

Staying in Timmins

Does Northern Ontario Expo have any partner hotels with special rates?

Please check the Hotels tab at the top of the page.

Where can I park?

Parking is available at the arena. There is no charge for parking.

Is there public transportation available?

Yes, the City of Timmins bus is available with a stop directly in front of the arena. Adult fares are $2.75, Students (5+) is 2.25, Seniors (65+) $2.25 and children under 5 are free. For a list of routes and times, please check the schedule on the Timmins official website.  There are also taxi services in the city.

General Stuff

Can I bring a camera and take pictures?

You may bring a camera, however please note that pictures will not be allowed when you’re standing in line to get a photograph/autograph. Pictures are allowed during stage performances.

How does meeting guests work?

If you are getting a photo/autograph with a guest, you can say a few words, but remember there is limited time scheduled for these events and lines are sometimes quite long. Please be considerate of those waiting for their turn. 

Am I allowed to bring my own bags?

Sure can!

Am I allowed to bring my own water?

Of course!

Where can I get food?

There is a food stand within the arena.

Is there WiFi?

Yes there is.

Is there an ATM on site?

Get your card ready!

Northern Ontario Expo offer refunds?

The purchase of any ticket constitutes accepting all of the Terms & Conditions, tickets are non-refundable. To transfer tickets to another ticket holder, please contact us. Paper tickets do not require our involvement and can be sold to another attendee without a transfer being required. Northern Ontario Expo has no responsibility for secondary market transactions.

Northern Ontario Expo and the Community

Which charities do you support?

We have contributed items and funds to various local groups such as Canadian Metal Health.  The Northern Ontario Expo also contributes to bursaries for O'Gorman High School and Theriault High School.

Which events do you attend?

We have attended The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge, Welcome to Timmins Night and host our own events as well.

Can you show up at our event?

We love getting out into the community and getting our geek on! Email us at with information, dates, and your needs..