10Best Day Trip: Explore Kleinberg

North of Toronto in the quaint village of Kleinberg is some stunning art

The Group of Seven are Canada's most distinctive artists whose paintings of the Canadian landscape have become famous throughout the world. They created a new school of painting that challenged the old European tradition and created a unique Canadian style that was both ground breaking and breath taking.

Entrance to McMichael Gallery
Photo courtesy of Photo by Commodore Gandalf Cunningham
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection in the quaint town of Kleinberg offers its visitors a chance to explore see these paintings by Tom Thomson, Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson and others against the backdrop of the Canadian scenery. Included in the permanent exhibitions of close to 6,000 artworks are works by First Nations and Inuit artists that add to the discovery of Canada's artistic heritage.

The gallery itself opened in 1952 and was housed in a pioneer-style home named Tapawingo (believed to mean "place of joy"). Today, the McMichael facility is considerably larger with 13 exhibition galleries, a theatre, and Gallery Shop. The log, barnboard walls and fieldstone fireplaces of the original home are still standing. The surrounding woodlands are the perfect location for a hike and a picnic. It's paertricularly beautiful during the autumn when the leaves are sporting their crimson reds, sparkling yellows and rich oranges.

The Town of Kleinberg is also worth a visit since it's a charming example of small town Ontario life. Talk a walking tour and see the Victorian turn of the century homes and businesses. Nearby is the Kortright Centre, Ontario’s premier environmental and renewable energy education and demonstration centre. It too has gorgeous hiking all season long, great for hiking or cross-country skiing. The Centre holds special seasonal exhibits as well geared to children.

It takes about one hour to get to Kleinburg and is an easy route along Highway/Highway 407. It's a fun little day trip for everyone and you'll come away with an appreciation of Canada's iconic artists.

 


About Shelagh McNally

Freelance travel writer and editor, Shelagh McNally has been a world traveler since her teens.  After 20 years in Toronto, she left her job as Communications Officer for a major bank and moved to Puerto Morelos, Mexico where she helped establish the Miami Herald’s satellite office in Cancun. She went on to contribute to 12 editions of Fodor’s travel guides as well as writing a book about Mayan ruins. She is also the author of the Adventure Guide to Guatemala and the Pocket Guide to Guatemala. She now divides her time between Mexico and her adopted hometown of Montreal, Quebec.  She continues to write about Latin America but also about her favorite locations in Canada for a number of international and North American online and print publications.

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