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Sesquicentennial Celebration in Huntsville

Canada is 150 years young, and the Town of Huntsville is celebrating our sesquicentennial in style! Come on out for events and festivities marking this very special birthday. Learn all about it – including how you can get involved – at

Please download more information on the Sesquicentennial Celebration Event Listing HERE.

For full listing of events, workshops and exhibits from Huntsville’s 2012-2017 celebration of Tom Thomson and the 100th anniversary of his life and death, visit HERE.

Through Tom’s Eyes, a discovery of truth, light and colour

By Janine Marson

In the spirit of Tom Thomson my goal over a year, was to paint 100 oil on birch panels searching out general locations where Tom had been. It is my wish that my work will speak with a truth and passion for the land, that you will see that Algonquin remains as Tom saw and felt it and you will be inspired to love, protect and preserve the wilderness of Algonquin for another 100 years and beyond. Following the opening there will a viewing of the documentary by Bob Hilscher “Painting the wilderness of the Oxtongue. One River. One Lake. Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven” taking place in the Algonquin Theatre sponsored by Algonquin Outfitters.

When: July 1, 2017 “soft opening” 12-2pm, followed by the documentary “Painting the wilderness of the Oxtongue. One River. One Lake. Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven.” sponsored by Algonquin Outfitters.

Where: Partner’s Hall, The Algonquin Theatre 37 Main St. E. Huntsville

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Help Algonquin Outfitters celebrate Tom Thomson’s 100 Anniversary of his death in Algonquin Park (1917-2017), the 150th anniversary of Canada (1867-2017) and Algonquin Outfitters 55th anniversary (1961-2016).

The Paddle Art Contest connects a couple of things in local culture that we love, paddling and art. We’re hoping to have 100 paddles created for Tom Thomson’s 100th anniversary (did you know that Tom’s paddle was never found?). To enter the contest all you have to do is visit an Algonquin Outfitters store (paddles will eventually be available at all of our stores but right now they are already available in Huntsville and Oxtongue lake.) There’s a $25 entry fee and for that we provide the canvas for your masterpiece; either an unfinished paddle blank or a rough paddle blank (for carving). It’s your job to create something unique. It’s not limited to painting, you could burn an image or design into the paddle, or carve it into something unique it’s totally up to you. We can’t wait to see what creative designs you come up with.

Visit Paddle Art Contest for further details on how to participate!

The Great Outdoors Photo Contest

Winter Landscape

Many people have been inspired since 1917 by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven.  This summer we want you to be inspired by the Great Outdoors, experience what Tom Thomson might have experienced 100 years ago.  Take in what you see and capture it to share with others.  This is what our “Great Outdoors, inspired by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven” photo contest is all about.

Contest Guidelines

Tom painted what he saw and experienced in the wilderness of Algonquin Park.  Pick up your camera this summer and capture what you see in the Great Outdoors.

The Great Outdoors is essentially a landscape photo contest.

Your entry should show inspiration from the beauty of nature and the love of the land.  Have a passionate eye for colour and design and the fleeting effects of light.  Each image should be from your unique personal experience.

Visit the Great Outdoors Photo Contest Page for details on how to participate!

Oxtongue Lake Artists’ Day Festival 2017 

You’re invited to a sensory celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Tom Thomson’s untimely death. Discover beautiful fine craft and original art. Take a guided hike around Oxtongue Lake to see vistas painted by the Group of Seven and learn how Tom Thomson painted from a meteoroligical perspective of Phil “the forecaster” Chadwick. Listen to fiddling by the Deelies and view the trailer of Bob Hilscher’s new documentary “Among the trees”. Learn insights from TT Last Spring the “Ghost of Tom Thomson” and taste specially-prepared themed foods including Tom’s mulligan stew, maple products, baked goods, BBQ, and pizza.

The entry fee is $5 per person or $10 per family for a passport momento button

When: Saturday September 23, 2017 from 11am-4pm

Where: Oxtongue Lake Community Centre, 3971 Hwy. 60, Oxtongue Lake

Sponsored by Oxtongue Lake for Arts and Culture

Visit HERE for more information on this exciting festival!


More Canadian Spirit Partner Events will be announced soon!