"Thomson loved the north. The north and painting were his life. He lived through the winter in town with the sole idea of making enough money so that he could go north as soon as the ice broke in the rivers and lakes.
Tom did not want a studio in the building. He would not feel at home in it. There was a dilapidated old shack on the back of the property which was built in the days when that part of Toronto was the town of Yorkville. We fixed it up, put down a new floor, made the roof watertight, built in a studio window, put in a stove, and electric light. Tom made himself a bunk, shelves, a table, and a easel, and lived in that place as he would in a cabin in the north. It became Tom's Shack, and was his home until he died in 1917.”
- Lawren Harris (The Story of The Group of Seven, Rous and Mann, 1964)