The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, a swell and easy day trip, is most notable for its focus on Canada's famous landscape artists The Group of Seven. But the more than 6,000-piece collection goes well beyond those celebrated works, including pieces by other notable Canadians such as Emily Carr, and an extensive body of works by First Nations and Inuit artists. The museum is set on a 100-acre site with lush gardens, forest, walking paths, picnic spots, and hiking trails. The main log-and-stone gallery was originally the home of founders Robert and Signe McMichael, who donated it, the property, and their private art collection to the Ontario Government. They have been laid to rest in a small graveyard on the property along with six members of the Group of Seven. The facility houses some 13 exhibition galleries with warm wood decor and lots of floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the lush, woodsy landscape and sculpture garden. The museum also features displays of totem poles, wood masks, a gift shop, the restaurant Seven, and even artist Tom Thomson's painting shack, which was moved from its original site in Toronto's Rosedale Ravine.
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
10365 Islington Ave., Kleinburg
Our Rating Neighborhood Village of Kleinburg, 35km (22 miles) northeast of Toronto Hours Tues–Sun 10am–4pm (May–Oct till 5pm), open all Mon holidays Transportation From Islington subway take bus 37 north to Steeles Avenue, then transfer (another fare) to York Regional Transit (YRT) 13A service to Kleinburg. You want stop 3357. This YRT service is limited—it does not operate on weekends, and only in morning, mid-afternoon, and evenings on weekdays. Those driving take Hwy 400 north to Major Mackenzie Drive, go west to Islington Avenue, then north to the village of Kleinburg; it is on the east side Phone 888/213-1121, 905/893-1121 Prices $15 adults, $12 students and seniors 65 and over, $30 families; weekend tours free with admission; parking $5 Web site McMichael Canadian Art Collection