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Finding the Group of Seven Jackson sites

Wawa, Canada

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Experience hosted by Johanna

90 mins
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We will be exploring the exact spots where A.Y. Jackson sat and created 10 paintings of the Sandy Beach area. This truly unique Air BnB experience begins at the Sandy Beach Pavillion. You will be met by your tour guide and local historian Johanna Rowe. Walking along the spectacular shoreline you will be encouraged to pinpoint the exact locations where Jackson sat and painted a collection of images collected by Johanna. We have permission to view the cottage property A.Y. shared with the family of Harry and Jennie Ross. Wear comfortable footwear for sandy, wet, rocky terrain...and wear appropriate clothing for the potential for a sudden change in weather next to Lake Superior. Hike is approximately 1.5 km's in length and takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.
Other things to note
Weather is normally a bit cooler along the lake....bring a sweater especially if it is earlier or later in the day. Most days there are no bugs but just in case you don't like these pesty critters, bring bug dope.
We will be exploring the exact spots where A.Y. Jackson sat and created 10 paintings of the Sandy Beach area. This truly unique Air BnB experience begins at the Sandy Beach Pavillion. You will be met by your tour guide and local historian Johanna Rowe. Walking along the spectacular shoreline you will be encouraged to pinpoint the exact locations where Jackson sat and painted a collection of images collected by Johanna. We have permission to…

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Meet your host, Johanna

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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I am a life-time resident of the Wawa area and passionate about our vibrant, rich and diverse history. I have written a number of books on the history of the Wawa and Superior East region including a work-in-progress on the Group of 7, A.Y. Jackson and his time sketching and painting in the Wawa area. I am a member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals and provide presentations and tours to groups of all interests.
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Where you'll be

The tour takes place at Sandy Beach which locals consider their secret beach site on Superior. The sand is fine, the water is shallow and warm (during July & August) and often we are the only ones on site. If we time it right, we may just have to go for a dip in the lake or capture photos of the one-of-a-kind Superior sunsets.

Rated 4.88 out of 5 from 8 reviews.

Jessica
October 2020
Johanna is a real expert on the topic of the group of seven and has a passion for the history surrounding their art and the places where they painted. She has done lots of research and has some special insights into the community that welcomed these painters from Toronto. This was a very special experience.
Johanna is a real expert on the topic of the group of seven and has a passion for the history surrounding their art and the places where they painted. She has done lots of research…
Mark
September 2020
The A. Y. Jackson historical tour was a very nice part of our time in the Wawa area. Johanna really knows her topic, and she uses the Sandy Beach location as well as audio and visual aids to make the art works of this incredible Canadian come to life.
The A. Y. Jackson historical tour was a very nice part of our time in the Wawa area. Johanna really knows her topic, and she uses the Sandy Beach location as well as audio and visu…
Brandy
August 2020
This was a wonderful experience. Johanna’s love and passion for the area and it’s history was evident in the way she spoke. It ignited a spark in me to explore more of The Group of Seven locations. I had a great time and got to see some breathtaking views. Totally recommend this experience. I will be back to take in those views again. Thank you! ❤️
This was a wonderful experience. Johanna’s love and passion for the area and it’s history was evident in the way she spoke. It ignited a spark in me to explore more of The Group of…
Jenny
August 2020
This tour is wonderful. There is such rich art history in this area, and some of it is only just seeing the light of day now. Johanna is deeply connected to this place and has a great deal of knowledge about so many facets of Wawa.
Sue & Jenny
August 2020
Johanna has an intimate and lifelong passion for the Algoma area and is energetic and generous in her way of sharing all that she knows. After spending and an hour and a half with her, I could only see the viewscapes and vistas through AY’s eyes. What a gift! If anyone is concerned about the physicality of the walk- you need not be. Johanna caters to the audience and is very flexible. This is a MUST do activity while in the area.
Johanna has an intimate and lifelong passion for the Algoma area and is energetic and generous in her way of sharing all that she knows. After spending and an hour and a half with…
Lianti
August 2020
It was very special to actually see the locations and AY Jackson's paintings of them together. And to top all of that, Johanna had a wonderful surprise at the end about the painter! This opportunity helped me connect with Wawa in a different way.
It was very special to actually see the locations and AY Jackson's paintings of them together. And to top all of that, Johanna had a wonderful surprise at the end about the painte…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 5 and up can attend.

What to bring

Bring a bathing suit and towel if you and the Lake are in the right mood for a swim.

If you are a shutterbug, bring your camera - the view is amazing.