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.
I was in town for business. I did not expect much out of this place, but I am happy to say that they have exceeded my expectations in terms of cleanliness, being Green, and the restaurant and pub food, and service quality. This is surely the place I will be staying at for my next business trip.- Alba