Guided canoe trip in Algonquin Park

By Bob Boughner, Special to The Daily News

Paddle your own canoe in Algonquin Park. (QMI Agency files)

Paddle your own canoe in Algonquin Park. (QMI Agency files)


The mystery surrounding the death of Tom Thomson of the Group of Seven in Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park is being fueled by a new book by Canadian author Roy MacGregor.

Thomson often painted at Canoe Lake and it is where he mysteriously drowned in 1917.

The Portage Store, which has been outfitting Algonquin paddlers since 1937, offers half-and full-day guided canoe trips to points of interest on Canoe Lake including the Thomson memorial.

The full-day trips run every day except Tuesdays and Thursdays and are priced at $57.95 per adult.

On nearby Cache Lake, Bartlett Lodge, one of three lodges in the park, will open its new Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson suites this fall.

The two suites are part of a historic log cabin once owned by Isabel McLaughlin that was moved to Bartlett and rebuilt. Isabel was a painter and friend of Harris and Jackson.

Mazinaw Rock, a Bon Echo Provincial Park landmark, has always attracted painters.

A total of 260 aboriginal pictographs are visible on the rock, which rises 100 meters above Mazinaw Lake, one of the deepest in Ontario.

Arthur Lismer painted The Sheep's Nose'' here in the 1920s. It depicts a part of Mazinaw Rock now known as Turtle Rock. The painting sold last year for $1.1 million


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