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P.O. Box 337, 17 George St.
Parry Sound, Ontario, P2A 2X4 
Email: info@museumontowerhill.com
Phone: 705-746-5365
Adults $5
Senior/Child $3
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Start Date:
Jun 28/2014
The True North: Before the Group of Seven

End Date:
Oct 31/2014

        The True North: Before the Group of Seven exhibit celebrates the centenary of one of Canada's most beloved painters visit to the area, Tom Thomson.

        It is believed that Tom Thomson visited the West Parry Sound District in the summer of 1914 while on a canoe trip to Go Home Bay at the cottage of friend and confidant, Dr. James MacCallum. In mid-July, travelling back to Algonquin Park, Thomson paddled in into the mouth of the Seguin River, stopping to stay in the South Channel for a few days. Thomson painted two images during his stay here in Parry Sound, Trestle at Parry Sound, 1914 and Parry Sound Harbour, 1914.

        These two artworks are now display on interpretive signs, located along the Rotary Algonquin Fitness Trail, which showcase the District of Parry Sound's appeal for Tom Thomson and provide people with the historical and cultural significance of our beautiful landscape. This project was completed in partnership with the Town of Parry Sound and the Rotary Club.

        On July 8, 1917, just as Thomson was reaching ascendancy in his craft, Thomson paddled across Canoe Lake and disappeared. His body surfaced 8 days later. The events surrounding his death still remain a mystery today.

        This special exhibit tells the stories of the lives of Thomson and the members of the Group of Seven before the Group was officially established. Tom Thomson, along with the members of the Group of Seven, helped to create a distinct form of Canadian art.

        Members of the Group followed in Thomson's footsteps and visited Northern Ontario, finding inspiration in its rugged terrain and iconic landscape. Parry Sound holds a special place for the Group of Seven and the recognizable whispy pine, depicted in many artworks, can be found in many local organizations logos.


Our Gift Shop features speciality items on sale for a limited time only related to Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven members

The lowest prices in town! These items make great gifts for friends, family, and for yourself! Pick one up today while quantities last!

A.J. Casson "White Pine" Grande Mug


Tom Thomson "Jack Pine" Grande Mug


Arthur Lismer "Bright Land" Grande Mug


A.Y. Jackson "Bent Pine" Grande Mug


Tom Thomson "Campfire" Mug Set



Tom Thomson "Jack Pine" Tea-for-One Set


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