Now that the ice has melted and the warmth is starting to return, it’s time to end the hibernation and head back outdoors! And why not enjoy some arts & culture while you’re at it.
Start this mini-road trip at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, located in the quaint, small town of Kleinburg, to take in the beauty and diversity of its all-Canadian works of art. The permanent collection includes more than 6,500 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations, Métis, Inuit and contemporary artists. Be sure to also explore the McMichael grounds and trails to discover the outdoor arts, including the Ivan Eyre Sculpture Garden, the Tom Thomson Shack, and cemetery, where six members of the Group of Seven have been laid to rest. Ask about their audio-guide to gain additional insights into these key landmarks along the way.
Then head up the road for lunch at one of Kleinburg’s fine eateries. For those of you with a sweet tooth, include a stop at Old Firehall Confectionery and indulge in a sweet hand-made treat or two! Plan ahead, and spend the afternoon creating your own masterpiece at Paintlounge– the pioneers of social paintingTM! Don’t worry if the paintbrush doesn’t come naturally to you, step-by-step instructions are provided in their workshops.
As an alternative, consider heading to historical Unionville instead, where a similar experience awaits! Here you will begin at the Varley Art Gallery, named after Frederick Horsman Varley, one of the original members of the Group of Seven. Unionville is also home to the McKay Art Centre, an 1850’s heritage house once home and studio of Fred Varley during his last 12 years. Then stop for lunch at one of Unionville’s diverse restaurants followed by a stroll along historic Main Street. Grab a coffee and top it off with a decadent ice cream at Old Firehall Confectionery. And if you want to create your own work of art, register for a painting workshop at Paintlounge Markham.
Enjoy one of our small towns your way!