Dis­cover Your In­ner Artist - Lake Su­pe­rior Cir­cle Tour (On­tario)


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In the fall of 1921, artist Lawren Har­ris first trav­elled the north shore of Lake Su­pe­rior. Moved by the rugged beauty of the land­scape, he con­tin­ued to re­turn for many years, later ac­com­pa­nied by other mem­bers of the Group of Seven. Th­ese camp­ing trips to the Su­pe­rior’s north shore were a cre­ative well­spring and in­spired a large num­ber of pieces in­clud­ing Har­ris’ 1924 work, Pic Is­land.

To­day, trav­ellers can ex­plore the Al­goma and Su­pe­rior North Shore land­scape pre­served in paint by Lawren Har­ris while driv­ing the scenic Lake Su­pe­rior Cir­cle Tour along the Tran­sCanada – High­way 17. Whether you’re a pain­ter, pho­tog­ra­pher or poet, let th­ese land­scapes in­spire you to new cre­ative heights.

Along the way in­clude a visit to a pro­vin­cial park and dis­cover their links to our rich Cana­dian artis­tic and cul­tural his­tory.

Neys Pro­vin­cial Park (59 km east of Ter­race Bay) – The park’s camp­ground is ad­ja­cent to a long sandy beach where you can en­joy even­ing strolls and won­der­ful sun­sets. Be sure to drop by the vis­i­tor cen­tre or join nat­u­ral­ist pro­grams to learn about the park’s his­tory in­clud­ing its WWII Pris­oner of War Camp. View the Group of Seven dis­play cor­ner or wan­der along the Un­der the Vol­cano and Coastal Trails to be in­spired by na­ture. For the en­er­getic, let your in­ner artist out by hik­ing up to the pagoda for a land­scape view of Pic Is­land.

Lake Su­pe­rior Pro­vin­cial Park (Between Wawa and Sault Ste. Marie) – High­way 17 passes through the park for 83 km giv­ing trav­ellers ac­cess to a num­ber of day use pic­nic ar­eas, hik­ing trails, camp­grounds, lakes, rivers and Lake Su­pe­rior beaches. Take some time to ex­plore Lake Su­pe­rior’s rugged coast, mist shrouded hills and deep river val­leys. Be sure to in­clude a hike to the Agawa Rock Pic­tographs (open un­til mid-Septem­ber). The park vis­i­tor cen­tre, lo­cated at Agawa Bay, fea­tures ex­hibits on the park’s nat­u­ral and cul­tural his­tory, in­clud­ing a video re-en­act­ing the Group of Seven’s fa­mous box­car trips. For those driv­ing through the park you can ex­pe­ri­ence the same Al­goma land­scapes that in­spired th­ese fa­mous artists. For the ad­ven­tur­ous, hike the Towab Trail along the Agawa River to get closer to the ar­eas where th­ese artists painted from the Al­goma Cen­tral Rail­way. The trail is 24 km re­turn to Agawa Falls, or you can hike a por­tion of the trail along the river.

LAKE SU­PE­RIOR Clock­wise: Pro­vin­cial Park camp­ing, Pro­vin­cial Park beach and hik­ing.

Neys Pro­vin­cial Park

Or­phan Lake Trail in the fog.

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