Walk in A.Y. Jackson's Footsteps
Walk where A.Y. Jackson walked, sit where Jackson sat and see what Jackson saw. Wawa is proud to be connected to one of Canada's most beloved painters and founding members of the Group of Seven.
Between 1955 and 1966, Jackson ventured by foot and by boat from his tiny Sandy Beach cabin. Accompanied by friends and fellow explorers, he created over 100 sketches and paintings depicting the Lake Superior landscape from Batchawana Bay to Pukaskwa. Many of Jackson's Wawa sketches were painted in the vicinity of Sandy Beach.
In 2019 the Town of Wawa published an exciting brochure which encourages you to find Jackson's painting sites. Local historian Johanna Rowe also offers guided tours through Air BnB Experiences. Her extensive research and access to local diaries and journals have lead her to find over 15 locations where Jackson painted the incredible Superior vistas at Sandy.
Sandy Beach on Michipicoten Bay, Lake Superior
near Wawa, Ontario
SANDY BEACH is a treasure trove for Jackson sites. How do you get there? Turn off Hwy 17 at Michipicoten River Village, 5.5 km south of the Wawa Goose (Hwy 1010 and Hwy 17 Junction). Follow the signs to Sandy Beach approximately 5 km from the Village.
Please respect private property, be prepared for all types of weather, and wear appropriate footwear.