Province/Territory: Ontario

Artists & Awe in Algoma

  • 02 days of cultural and natural exploration
  • 07 inspirational artists
  • 180-kilometre train tour

It is a vast and rugged landscape—boreal forest, meandering rivers, pastoral homesteads and thunderous waterfalls. It is an inspiring landscape—illuminated through the iconic paintings of the Group of Seven, works now displayed in the world’s most prestigious galleries. And it is yours to explore—follow the paths of Canada’s most famous painters as you immerse in two days of natural and cultural exploration in Northern Ontario's Algoma region.

Gallery tours. Engaging live theatre. Dining in a National Historic Site. And a daylong guided heritage train tour culminating with hands-on instruction while you paint the same landscapes depicted by the Group of Seven.

Welcome to the Agawa Canyon Tour Train: Follow in the Footsteps of the Group of Seven—an immersive group travel experience that will guide you through the works of Canada’s most celebrated artists as well as the landscape of Algoma that inspired them so passionately.

Why you should visit
  • Join a tour-group of like-minded travellers for a two-day exploration of art, nature and history in Northern Ontario's Algoma region.
  • Experience an insider's perspective of the Art Gallery of Algoma, home to paintings by the Group of Seven, during a wine and cheese reception and presentation from the Museum Curator.
  • View a Group of Seven-themed theatre performance at the Heritage Discovery Centre then dine at the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site—a beautiful 19th century stone mansion.
  • Book a day-long experience on the Agawa Canyon Tour Train—a 180-kilometre rail journey into the picturesque landscape of Algoma aboard a fully-restored century-old train.
  • Savour breakfast in the train’s dining car, then view the passing landscape through the lens of information via video footage and GPS-triggered commentary with wireless headsets offering six languages.
  • Stopover at Agawa Canyon Wilderness Park and follow your artist-guide to see locations depicted in some of the Group of Seven’s most iconic paintings.
  • Embrace your inner artist with an instructive painting session—an opportunity to paint your own “Moment in Algoma”—creating a lithograph you’ll cherish for years to come.
  • Explore the 100-year-plus history of the Algoma Railway Company, along with its connections to the Hudson’s Bay Company and the Canadian National Railway, while you ride these storied rails.

Weather

Expect mild to warm weather with occasional precipitation throughout the operating season. Average daytime temperatures are approximately 21°C (June), 24°C (July), 23°C (August), 19°C (September) and 12°C (October).

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Visitor information
  • Contact Tourism Sault Ste. Marie to find operators booking the Agawa Canyon Tour Train: Follow in the Footsteps of the Group of Seven package.
  • Train tickets are booked separately to the evening events; contact your tour operator for reservations.
  • The Agawa Canyon Tour Train runs seven days per week, from June 20 to October 15; departing Sault Ste. Marie at 8:00 a.m. and returning at 6:00 p.m.
  • The train tour is led by one artist-guide per group, with a maximum group size of 55 guests.
  • Lodging, restaurants, attractions and all services are available in Sault Ste. Marie; accommodation is not included in the tour package.
When to go
  • View vibrant fall foliage throughout September and October.
  • June through August are peak visitor times for the Group of Seven-themed experiences.
  • Dining car, GPS-triggered commentary and the 90-minute Agawa Canyon Wilderness Park stopover operate throughout the season.
Need to know
  • Though an adult-oriented group travel experience, there is no age restriction for Agawa Canyon Tour Train: Follow in the Footsteps of the Group of Seven and no previous painting experience is required.
  • At the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site dining event, tour groups of 36 people or fewer will receive a sit-down dinner; larger tour groups will receive a stand-up buffet with limited seating.
  • The Agawa Canyon Tour Train is fully accessible with wheelchair lifts, companion seats and accessible washrooms.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes for exploring the trails of Agawa Canyon Wilderness Park, along with warm layers and weatherproof outerwear.
  • Train coaches are heated and air-conditioned; onboard dining is not included in ticket price.
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