MEMORIAL ON CANOE LAKE, 1917

"Tom had a favourite camping place on the lake and usually made his first spring visit to the Northland at that point, sketching the melting snows and ice and the changing season’s ups and downs from blizzards to cherry blossoms. It was therefore fitting, that after his tragic death, a number of his fellow artists and friends should get together and decide to place a memorial to him there.

This was stone, a brass inscription  plate was designed and engraved and set on the south face of a simple truncated pyramidal cairn of boulders, strongly plied and cemented in a commanding position close to the old camp of the artist. There above the rocks that still show the paint-scrapings made by the artist in cleaning the palette after work, the simple and fitting memorial stands facing southwards down the long reach of the lake."

- J.E.H. Macdonald 

Tom Thomson Memorial Cairn
< THOMSON'S LAST SPRING, 1917
MEMORIAL ON CANOE LAKE, 1917