During my recent trip to Algonquin Park I was able to visit, for the first time, the memorial cairn that was erected for Tom Thomson at Canoe Lake on Hayhurst point.
For those of you that have never heard of Tom Thomson I’ll give you a little rundown on who he is and why there’s a memorial for him in Algonquin Park.
Tom Thomson is a famous Canadian Artist who directly influenced the start of The Group Of Seven. Tom Thomson was not in the Group of Seven as he died before it was formed but he did paint with many of them.
I think the thing that makes Tom Thomson the most famous is the mystery surrounding his death. He died in Algonquin Park on Canoe Lake right at Hayhurst point (where the memorial cairn is). He was found approximately 8 days after his death and reportedly had fishing line wrapped around his leg and an injury to his head. Was this suicide or murder??