All aboard! Final weeks are fast approaching for the Agawa Canyon fall foliage train tour north of Sault Ste. Marie. Vistas painted by members of the group of Seven landscape painters are beautiful year-round but spectacular in autumn.
Looking for a counterbalance to the horrors of World War I, these adventuresome artists lived in a boxcar outfitted as a bunkhouse while painting the canyon with vibrant personal styles that pioneered a new Canadian genre.
For over a century the Algoma Central Railway has run freight trains between “the Soo” through beautiful Agawa Canyon 114 miles / 183 km to mining and logging operations further north. The daily passenger train takes visitors into the canyon for a 1 ½ hour walkabout before returning to the city in early evening.
Despite the sometimes cantankerous vintage rolling stock, these day trips have become enormously popular since being introduced in 1952.
Honouring the 100th anniversary of the Group of Seven formation in 1920, the ride has been dubbed the ‘Group of Seven’ train. Agawa Canyon takes its name from native Ojibway which means ‘shelter’.
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