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A. Y. Jackson at Grace Lake Describing His Painting Style

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A. Y. Jackson at Grace Lake Describing His Painting Style

A wonderful 1941 documentary about A. Y. Jackson by the Academy Award winner Radford Crawley. Watch Jackson and prospector Keith McIver leave Willisville to canoe and portage to Grace Lake. He climbs the Grace Lake ridges to paint the beauty of La Cloche. Jackson explains his art as he paints various Grace Lake scenes in what is now Killarney Provincial Park.  Click here to view Canadian Landscape.

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How Killarney Provincial Park Began!!

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How Killarney Provincial Park Began!!

How Killarney Provincial Park began!! Sheer devilment by Newland Spreadborough!! From Cottage Life's 1993 story about the Spreadborough Cottage Yacht Registry and an interview with 84 year old Margaret (Spreadborough) Hooton who spent her first summer at the Pool, Baie Fine in 1917. 'An entry in the yacht registry from September 2, 1931 shows a sketch of four small figures bent under packs and canoes. The signature is A. Y. Jackson. "Father called him 'Haywire Jackson," Margaret chuckles. The famed Group of Seven artist was entranced by the Trout Lake pines and Trekked to paint them. "Father told Haywire that...

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A. Y. Jackson at Grace Lake in the 1930s

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A. Y. Jackson at Grace Lake in the 1930s

Grace Lake was a favourite of Group of 7 artist A. Y. Jackson and here is a portion of a letter he wrote to his relative Naomi Jackson Groves on October 22, 1933 and postmarked 'Willisville' October 25, 1933. "I merely make sketches. I have a box full of them. It's been hard work getting them with so much rain and cold wind. Grace Lake is surrounded with big rocky hills. There are several little islands on it. Your Dad would love to spend a summer here. There is one little lake up on top of the hills, with muskeg...

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Finding Carmichael's Rock

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Finding Carmichael's Rock

In 2005 Jim & Sue Waddington discovered that Carmichael's Rock, on a Grace Lake ridge, had been vandalized. It was gone!In July, 2006 Jim & Sue Waddington along with Kerry & Jon Butler went searching for the rock.Success!!

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La Cloche Industry

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La Cloche Industry

From the exhibit 'Through The Camera Lens; La Cloche 1900 - 1950' curated by Jon Charles Butler & Kerry Butler at the Art Gallery of Sudbury in 2018. Industry In 1889, John Charlton developed Timber Berth 11 with The White Fish River Improvement Company. This company built the first dams and timber slides on the Whitefish River and in later years Manley Chew Lumber Company of Midland, Ontario maintained a Timber Office at Willisville. The dams allowed winter cutting and the river transfer of timber for process and use in southern markets. The last recorded log drive on the Whitefish River...

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