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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Channel your inner artist in Algonquin this fall with Deerhurst Resort’s “Spirit of Tom Thomson weekend”

Paddling, Painting and Touring Muskoka’s Group of Seven Outdoor Mural Gallery
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Sun Goes Down on Canoe Lake by John Kinsella
HUNTSVILLE, Ont. -- If you’ve ever dreamed of painting like Tom Thomson, or following in this Canadian icon’s footsteps (or paddle strokes) in his beloved Algonquin Park, then Deerhurst Resort is offering a Fall weekend experience you won’t want to miss.

Just 30 minutes from the park, which is marking its 125th anniversary this year, Deerhurst is located near Huntsville, where Thomson visited during his painting trips to Algonquin.  In fact, his presence is constant in this charming Muskoka town, in the form of a life-size bronze sculpture, complete with canoe and paint box, which sits proudly in front of the town hall. 

For the second year in a row, Deerhurst Resort, a Muskoka landmark founded in 1896 that might well have been known to Thomson, has teamed up with its onsite Eclipse Art Gallery to offer a special getaway weekend, “The Spirit of Tom Thomson” during September 21 - 23, 2018 when the fall colours will be well underway. This year’s guide will be local artist and Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery founder, Gerry Lantaigne.

The weekend starts Friday evening with a welcome reception and guests are invited to browse the Eclipse Art Gallery’s special “Reflections of Algonquin Park” exhibit, which has been curated to inspire visits to the park during this special anniversary year and in years to come.
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On Saturday, host gallery manager Karin Kriekaard and Lantaigne will guide a 3-hour paddling trip on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park to visit some of Thomson’s favourite painting spots as well as his memorial cairn, which is a poignant must-see for any Algonquin visit. After returning from the park, guests can sip wine while creating their own replica Tom Thomson painting under Lantaigne’s guidance.
Sunday will close the weekend with a tour of Huntsville’s Group of Seven outdoor murals, which adorn numerous Muskoka landmarks – including Deerhurst itself. An interesting side note - Lantaigne, the creator and feature artist of the outdoor mural gallery, invited the G8 world leaders to add their brushstrokes to the recreation of Thomson’s most famous painting, The West Wing, during the G8 Summit held at Deerhurst in 2010. That mural, along with the leaders’ paintbrushes, is on display in the Canada Summit Centre in Huntsville. 

“The Spirit of Tom Thomson” weekend package at Deerhurst Resort is priced from $379 per person, based on double occupancy and includes two nights’ accommodation, two breakfasts, Friday night reception, Saturday Algonquin canoe trip with picnic lunch, a sip and paint session and guided outdoor mural tour.

Dinner is additional as is a nightly resort fee that provides access to onsite canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, hiking trails, tennis and more.  For more information or to book, visit deerhurstresort.com or call 1-800-461-4393.


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