Community Murals

Located around the Town of Marathon are artists interpretations of the infamous Group of Seven.

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Pic Island

Pic Island is the iconic backdrop of many famous Group of Seven Paintings. Some examples are: Pic Island by Lawren Harris and Pic Island, Lake Superior by A.Y. Jackson.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive 30 kms west of Marathon, turn left at Neys Provincial Park sign. Park entry fees apply. A map of trailhead is available at the gate. Access via Pic Island Overlook Trail, a 4.5 km/9 km, return typically takes 2.5 - 3 hours.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Difficult

MURAL LOCATION: Marathon Center Mall

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Peninsula harbour

Peninsula Harbour was painted from many angles by members of the Group of Seven.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive Peninsula Road, turn right onto Stevens Ave at the Marathon Museum. Follow along to Winton St and follow signs to the Marathon Boat Launch. Once at the boat launch, stay right and follow the shoreline a few hundred meters to the site.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Easy

MURAL LOCATION: Marathon Center Mall

 
 
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Port Coldwell

Port Coldwell was a famous stop for the Group of Seven where there are many paintings from different members. This particular photo is of Port Coldwell, Lake Superior by Lawren Harris.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the Trans Canada Highway 17 west (about 19 km from Marathon) and turn left onto Coldwell Road. Park before the CP Rail tracks and continue down the marked trail towards the lake, take the trail to the left just past the cemetery. Please respect private property of the camp owners. Approximately a 1.2 km return.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Easy

MURAL LOCATION: Marathon Public Library

 
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Tower Hill Overlooking Neys Provincial Park towards Slate Islands

There are a number of Slate Island sketches and paintings from the Terrace Bay side. This particular photo looks across Ashburton Bay to the Slates. An example is Slate Islands, Lake Superior by A.Y. Jackson.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take Highway 17 west 30 kms and turn right onto the un-named road opposite entrance to Neys Provincial Park (right before Neys Lunch & Campground).

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Moderate

MURAL LOCATION: Marathon Public Library

 
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Photograph of Picnic Table Hill

There are many paintings along the shore of Peninsula Harbour. This particular spot facing towards Picnic Table Hill is reminiscent of Hill, North Shore, Lake Superior by Lawren Harris.

HOW TO GET THERE: Just off Carden Cove Road on the coast of Peninsula Harbour.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Easy

MURAL LOCATION: Marathon Public Library

 
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Picnic Table Hill

There have been many paintings of the islands in Peninsula Harbour.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take Carden Cove Road and park at the end, walk to the end of the beach where the trail starts. About 2 km in take side trail on the left to top of hill. Approximately a 5 km return typically takes 1 - 2.5 hours.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Moderate

MURAL LOCATION: Marathon Public Library

 
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Neys Lookout

Pic Island is the iconic backdrop of many famous Group of Seven paintings. There are many different locations around the island and this particular spot is reminiscent of Sombre Isle of Pic, Lake Superior by Arthur Lismer.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive 32 km west of Marathon on Highway 17, turn left a Scenic Lookout sign before the Little Pic River Bridge.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Easy

MURAL LOCATION: Marathon Public Library