Agawa Canyon Tour Train retraces Group of Seven’s journey

August 11, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONT.—The painter Lawren Harris arrived here in the summer of 1918 with his life in crisis. A nervous breakdown has gotten him discharged from the Canadian army, sparked by the death of his brother on the battlefields of France and his friend, the painter Tom Thomson, in a canoeing accident in Algonquin Park. He was looking for solace and inspiration and famously found it in the rugged wilderness just north of the Soo.

The path Harris took that summer — and would later retrace with fellow Group of Seven artists J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, A.Y. Jackson, Frank Carmichael, A.J. Casson and Frank Johnston — is much easier to follow today, thanks to the Agawa Canyon Tour Train, a day trip that runs on the Algoma Central Railway tracks from Sault Ste. Marie to Agawa Canyon.

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