SURREAL BEAUTY OF FAMOUS PAINTINGS & REAL LANDSCAPE. FOLLOWING THE PATH OF THE GROUP OF SEVEN.
"See the inspiration for Canada's greatest artists up close in some of the country's wildest and most breathtaking landscapes.
This is the land that resonated so deeply in the hearts of the Group of Seven 100 years ago and that inspired their most iconic works for over a decade".
Entering Algoma Country
Known for its rich farmland , Hardwood forests，freshwater lakes and riversthat making it a summer paradise for boaters and anglers.
Inspired Tom Thomson’s View Over a Lake, Shore with Houses, (c. 1913, National Gallery of Canada)
Tom Thomson(1877 – 1917)
View Over a Lake: Shore with Houses.1913
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Aubrey Falls Provincial Park, Ontario
a Moentsm of Algoma interpretive sign in the shape of an artist’s stool. Thomson’s brilliance as a landscape artist was influenced by a two-month canoe trip he took along the Mississagi River in 1912.
Sault Ste. Marie. The launching point for the Group’s rail journeys into Agawa Canyon between 1918 and 1922, several sites captured by the Group of Seven along the journey, including J. E. H. MacDonald’s Solemn Land and Frank Johnston's Distant Lake Superior.
Bridal Falls and Black Beaver Falls. Lawren Harris and J. E. H. MacDonald captured the light and shadows of these falls.
Art Gallery of Algoma. Permanent collection includes a limited number of Group of Seven sketches. And other related events.
Shoreline, Wawa, Lake Superior (c. 1959, Hamilton Art Gallery) was painted by A.Y. Jackson from Sandy Beach Eco-Interpretive Park, Michipicoten Harbour, just south of Wawa.
Top of Superior
From Wawa towards Thunder Bay, you may entering “Harris Country”—as in Lawren Harris. Some call Harris the Group’s leader, planning trips and pushing to find new inspiration. This push took the artists along the rail line that runs across the north shore of Lake Superior and into communities such as Port Coldwell, Jackfish, and Rossport.
“The breathtaking scenery is ubiquitous; the towering rock fortresses, the trees, buffeted and bent by the wind, clinging tenaciously to the glacially scoured rock and the light, the shimmering, silvery light of Superior, bathing the region in its aura," enthuses Burtch.
The Marathon area offers a few trail options to get you close to the water and land views that the artists saw. Trek along from Pukaskwa National Park to Pic River, part of the Voyageur Trail. Hike Marathon to Sturdee Cove, the area that inspired Harris to create Afternoon Sun, North Shore, Lake Superior in 1924.
Marathon District Museum and Historical Society to see local stories and photographs related to the Group.
Neys Provincial Park
Lawren Harris and the Group of Seven returned to this area for many years. Some of Harris’s most compelling works were created here, including Above Lake Superior (1922), Pic Island (1924), North Shore Lake Superior (c. 1926, ) and Pic Island (c. 1934, National Gallery of Canada),etc.