It's been nearly a century since a gang of Canadian painters joined forces to celebrate our landscapes, shake up the Canadian art world, and put our national artistic talent on the map. Since then, the Group of Seven have become Canadian icons.
Now, with an unexpected champion in Hollywood's own Steve Martin, who has curated a touring exhibit of standout Group of Seven painter Lawren Harris – which showed this summer at Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario – the Group is back in the public eye with more exposure than ever. In November 2015, paintings by Harris and the Group's mentor Tom Thomson sold at prices far above the auctioners' estimates. A year later, a Harris work broke sales records for Canadian art.
We've all seen some of their famous images, but how many of us have visited the incredible landscapes that inspired their paintings? Many of them are right here in Northern Ontario.
Whether it's visiting the sites that inspired the paintings, seeing some of their original artwork at our galleries, or checking out contemporary artists who've followed their path, Northern Ontario is full of opportunities to walk in the Group's footsteps.
It may inspire some creativity of your own, or you may just share the artists' awe at the beauty of our land. Whether you'd like to explore the Northeast, Algoma or Northwest; by boat, train or sea kayak, we've got some great ideas for a Group of Seven-inspired trip.