Art is Alive in Algoma

The Canadian Carver is one of many unique stops for local art and crafts in Algoma.

Art Galleries, Art Events and Art Tours



The Group of Seven. Photographers. Painters. Artisans. The landscape of our beautiful region has inspired many for years, whether you fall into the categories listed, or you just have an appreciation for beautiful works created by others.

For visitors who want to see, feel and experience what others have captured on canvas or by lens, below is a list of gift shops, self-guided art tours, galleries and events to make it easy for you to find.

These events and tours are perfect if you're coming up for a weekend, or weeklong driving tour, or planning a fall drive to see our amazing fall colours. At the very bottom of the article, you'll find a comprehensive Google Map of all these locations.

Algoma Driving Tours:

BATCHAWANA BAY

Batchawana Bay Art Guild
PH: (705) 882-2154
A collective of artists working in many forms of visual media. Contact for a map brochure of the tour.

BLIND RIVER

Timber Village Museum hosts five art exhibits each year, showcasing local talent. Each exhibit typically runs six to 10 weeks. Admission to the art gallery is by donation. An annual Summer Art Show and Sales takes place in late June and is displayed until the first week of September.
Located on Hwy 17
Monday - Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm
PH: (705) 856-7455

BRUCE MINES

Sylvan Circle Tour
September 21, 2019
9 am to 5 pm
50+ artisans will participate in the tour, exhibiting a wide range of works. Local groups providing food and drink at a number of the tour sites. You're invited to spend a glorious fall day exploring the diverse artistry of our region. We welcome visitors to discover what it means for artists and artisans to live and work in their communities. The tour is self-guided and absolutely free. Look for the Sylvan Circle signs.


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CHAPLEAU

Chapleau Murals
As part of the town's 100th birthday celebration, the Chapleau Murals and sculptures showcase the rich heritage and tradition of the community. This is a fun, self-guided tour and a fun 'thing to do' when you're taking the Grand Algoma Tour. A printable map of the murals can be printed from the town website here. For accommodations visit www.algomacountry.com

HEARST

Place des Arts de Hearst hosts exhibits at Galerie 815.
75 9th Street
PH: (705) 362-4900

ELLIOT LAKE

Arts on the Trail
September 28, 2019
On the last weekend in September, arts, colour and entertainment come to life like nowhere else. Set amongst the flora and fauna of the beautiful Algoma District, Arts on the Trail is a scenic, self-guided art tour in and around the City of Elliot Lake that includes over twenty artists exhibiting and selling their work at local venues, all to the sounds of local performing musicians. For accommodations visit www.algomacountry.com

Art Among Friends Exhibition & Sale
September 28 - 29, 2019 - Laurentian Lodge
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
This is a celebration of art, friendship in autumn. Local artists Joseph Brann, Susan Levesque & Gail LaCasse invite you to explore and discover work by 11 artisans. Beautiful works of art, jewelry, pottery, wood carvings and much more will be available. Great for those looking for unique gift items.

Gallery at the Centre
Monday to Saturday 9 am to 5 pm (summer hours)
Main floor of the Lester B Pearson Civic Centre
Offers a wide range of stunning fine arts to view and purchase. Art is created by local artists and artisans, representing 16 local artists in various media: pottery, painting, photography, stained glass, textiles, jewellery making, woodworking and more.

Recommended Fall Drive: Deer Trail Touring Route

THESSALON

The Round Barn
Did you know there are only three 12-sided barns in Canada, and two are located in Algoma? Originally built in 1928 by the Campbell Family, The Round Barn features pottery, weaving, jewellery, antiques and unique treasures. It is also the maker of the famous "Canadian Weatherstick." A must stop!

PANCAKE BAY

Agawa Crafts & The Canadian Carver
Hwy 17, Pancake Bay
For over 30 years, this family owned and operated business is dedicated to providing authentic and unique crafts and artwork by Canadians and First Nations. Agawa Crafts is a favourite stop of visitors who are traveling along the Lake Superior coastline. If you start Christmas shopping in July, you definitely should stop here.

SAULT STE MARIE

Art Gallery of Algoma
Open year round, the Art Gallery of Algoma showcases fine arts in the local area. The Main Gallery and The Lobby feature rotating exhibits. The Art Gallery of Algoma proudly hosts approximately 5,000 works in their Permanent Collection that includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, installation works and decorative arts. The Collection focuses on Canadian and regional contemporary art with works by Carl Beam, Franklin Carmichael, AJ Casson, A.Y. Jackson, J.E.H MacDonald, Norval Morrisseau, F.H. Varley, Jack Bush, Rita Letendre, Edward Steichen, Barbara Hepworth, Robert Motherwell and many more.
10 East Street
PH: (705) 949-9067

The Post Gift Shop
Located inside The Discovery Centre at the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site, the Post Gift Shop offers a stunning collection of Canadian-made goods including the Hudson's Bay Company. Find the perfect gift for any special occasion, home decor, work by local artisans, and souvenirs.
800 Bay Street
PH: (705) 759-5443

ST. JOSEPH ISLAND

Arts at the Dock
Hilton Beach Marina and the Community Hall
July 21, 2019
11 am to 4 pm
Featuring over 40 artists with a variety of works: painting, photography, wood, pottery, stained glass and more. Free transportation by tractor and wagon provided between the Marina and Hall.
PH: (705) 246-2242

Women's Institute Quilt Show
August 2 - 4, 2019
10 am to 4 pm at St. Joseph Island Central School

Doug Hook Art Show
August 3- 5, 2019
10 am - 5 pm at Old Town Hall in Richards Landing

Doug Hook Art Show – Labour Day Show
August 30 - September 1, 2019
10 am - 5 pm at Old Town Hall in Richards Landing

Wabi Sabi Fine Craft Exhibition and Sale
The Old Town Hall, Richards Landing
August 8 - 11, 2019
10 am to 5 pm
Find beautiful handcrafted work by artisans from St. Joseph Island in variety of mediums: stone, wood, textiles, metal (copper), soapstones, photography, weaving, and more.

Country Road Open House
September 28 - 29, 2019
Tour St. Joseph Island
This tour is sponsored by local artisans, businesses and farms. A map is provided for the tour, and each participating stop displays a green and white sign to help you find your way.
PH: (705) 246-2683

WAWA

Heritage Doors
The stories of Wawa live on through a collection of Heritage Doors located at parks and scenic locations. These original art works tell the stories of pioneers and the community's characters who made Wawa what it is today. This is another fun, self-guided tour.

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