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GROUP OF SEVEN DISCOVERY ROUTES

The Group of Seven was a community of Canadian artists in the early 20th century who connected with the country’s rugged environment through a unique style of landscape painting. The group was comprised of Lawren Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, Frederick Varley, Frank Johnston, Franklin Carmichael and A.Y. Jackson, along with associated artists, most notably Tom Thompson. The work of the Group of Seven has come to represent a distinct, globally recognized, Canadian artistic identity.

Discover more ways to channel the artist in you and plan your own Group of Seven inspired adventure. Art lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike are invited to visit some of the iconic locations and landscapes that inspired these artists of the past along these discovery routes.

ALGOMA COUNTRY AND THE NORTH SHORE OF LAKE SUPERIOR  
Stand in awe at the beauty of Algoma and Lake Superior’s North Shore. Board the Agawa Canyon Tour Train and ride the route travelled by the Group of Seven when they painted from the box car in the early 1900’s or visit the Lake Superior Provincial Park, a section of the Interpretive Visitor Centre is dedicated to the Group of Seven. Embark on a guided and outfitted sea-kayak expedition with Naturally Superior Adventures from Rossport to Pukaskwa, through Group of Seven inspired landscapes.

AWAKENINGS OF LA CLOCHE 
Paint and paddle on the French River, and immerse yourself in the same magical scenery that inspired Tom Thomson years ago. Hike under the quartz rocks in the La Cloche Mountain range.

ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK AND HUNTSVILLE
Paddle to site of The Jack Pine in Algonquin Provincial Park. Follow a unique outdoor trail that features over 90 incredible mural replicas showcasing Group of Seven works through Muskoka and Algonquin Park.

OTTAWA AND OTTAWA VALLEY 
Experience the Group of Seven and its role in Canadian history through the iconic works at the National Gallery of Canada and other galleries. In the Ottawa Valley immerse yourself into the landscapes and waterways that inspired the artists. 

GREATER TORONTO AREA 
Be in the place where the Group of Seven was born. In May1920 the seven artists first exhibited together as the Group of Seven at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Today the AGO features an impressive collection of work by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. Just north of the city, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg is host to one of the largest permanent displays of works by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. 

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MCMICHAEL GALLERY: CELEBRATING THE ART OF CANADA

Discover the art of the Group of Seven in a one-a-kind setting and see rare masterwork guitars dedicated to Canada’s most famous painters, on view at the McMichael starting May 6, 2017. Accompanying these eight handmade guitars from world renowned Canadian guitar builders  will be a display of the drawings and materials used throughout their creative processes and select paintings and drawings by the Group of Seven.  

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EXPLORE THE GROUP OF SEVEN, FOUR DIFFERENT WAYS!

Porter Airlines flies you to explore special Group of Seven adventures in  Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Toronto, or Ottawa.  Get there in refined style. Your getaway starts as soon as you step onto your Porter flight with our comfortable leather seats and complimentary snacks and beverages, including beer and wine. Plus, Porter lounges in Toronto and Ottawa are open to all passengers and offer free newspapers, snacks and Wi-Fi.

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