JEH MacDonald painted “Algoma Waterfall”, believed to be Bridal Veil Falls on the Agawa River, as shown in the site and postcard of the painting.
In the summer of 1918, artist Lawren Harris left Toronto to explore the Algoma area by train, and his soul succumbed to Algoma’s spectacular beauty. Harris rented a boxcar, had it railed to a siding in the Agawa Canyon, and spent the summer hiking and sketching. Over the next four summers, the other landscape artists who made up the original Group of Seven or were associated with them, painted alongside Harris. If you are familiar with the group’s Northern Ontario paintings, you will recognize at every bend in a trail, a river, a roadway or a train track…a Group-of-Seven-worthy scene. A current project is underway to identify, catalog, and interpret Group of Seven painting sites in Algoma, and a guidebook is to be published.
My first stay at the Water Tower Inn was after a family trip across Canada. We pulled in to the brand new facility in the wee hours of the morning after 5 weeks of camping. It was heavenly!!!! So much so that it became our first and last night stop whenever we headed west. Those stays are something of a legend in my family and this July I had the chance to show my son why. On a cold rainy day, coming back from Thunder Bay, we ditched the tent and checked in on our last night. I wouldn't have thought it could be better than my memories but it was. From the warm welcome at the front desk to the 2 hours we spent in the water. Thanks to the wonderful staff, facility and service the legend continues!- Dawn