Main photo: Dignitaries celebrating the Tom Thomson Parkway dedication included (from left) District Chair John Klinck, Huntsville Deputy Mayor Karin Terziano, Township of Algonquin Highlands Mayor Carol Moffatt, Colleen Conley, and Township of Lake of Bays Mayor Bob Young (Photo courtesy of the Township of Lake of Bays)
On Tuesday, September 18, a section of Highway 60—from Highway 11 to the west gate of Algonquin Park—was dedicated as the Tom Thomson Parkway by Lake of Bays Mayor Bob Young in a special ceremony.
A media release from Lake of Bays Township noted that with the 100th anniversary of the iconic painter’s death in 2017, the 125th anniversary of Ontario Parks this year, and the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Group of Seven in 2020, the dedication is a fitting tribute to Thomson. (Though Thomson was friends with many of the artists in the Group of Seven, he died before the group was formed. Member Lawren Harris wrote in his essay “The Story of the Group of Seven” that “Thomson had a significant influence on the group… (Thomson was) a part of the movement before we pinned a label on it.”)
Although Thomson didn’t travel the highway, as it hadn’t been constructed yet, he did paint along the nearby Oxtongue River. It has been widely speculated that he painted “Northern River” along the Oxtongue close to where the current highway crosses the river, just west of the Hamlet of Oxtongue Lake, notes the release.
Read Doppler’s previous stories on the dedication at the links below:
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