Group of Seven

The Group of Seven, also known as the Algonquin School, memorialized the raw and rugged beauty of Canada through their unique style of landscape and urban paintings in the early 20th century.

These Toronto-based painters were drawn to the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, particularly Ontario, as the landscapes they loved offered them peace, solace, and inspiration. They agreed that these landscapes had to be captured in their very distinguishing painting style. They became known as pioneers of the new Canadian art movement by breaking away from the traditional European style and developing their art through direct contact with nature.

Their works continue to grow public awareness of our greatest assets, the beautiful landscapes. Visit many of their paintings and sketches in Ontario galleries, and then travel to see the incredible landscapes that were their inspiration.

Quick guide to the Group of Seven in Ontario

Founding members of the Group of Seven

The original members to form the Group of Seven were Lawren S. Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, Frederick Varley, Frank Johnston, Franklin Carmichael and A.Y. Jackson. Later members to join where A.J. Casson, Edwin Holgate and Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald.

Learn more from the Paint Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven exhibit.

Tom Thomson

Artist Tom Thomson is often associated with the Group of Seven. Although he was not a group member, he was a great inspiration and influence on their work and their love of Canada’s wilderness.

Get inspired

Get inspired by these Group of Seven routes that connect the art on the wall to the landscapes on the ground. Many landscapes remain today as they did when the Group of Seven painted them.

Know before you go

Check operating season and hours

Some experiences are seasonal so double-check operating hours and dates in advance to avoid disappointment.

Transportation options with Parkbus

Don’t have a car? Parkbus provides day and overnight trips to and from Toronto and Ottawa, Algonquin Park, Killarney Park, Georgian Bay and Tobermory.

Last updated: April 26, 2024

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