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Ugly? Hardly. This Ontario train trip showcases scenery that changed Canada's perspective of its landscape

Ugly? Hardly. This Ontario train trip showcases scenery that changed Canada's perspective of its landscape

Canada’s Algoma region, a vast near-wilderness in Ontario, is so scenic that a heralded group of landscape painters visited repeatedly a century ago.

This Group of Seven, as they were known, developed a distinctly Canadian style, influenced in part by their travels in this region, which stretches north from Sault Ste. Marie on the Canada-U.S. border.

Their works helped change the national perspective on this slice of the Canadian landscape, once thought ugly and unpaintable.

Access to the area was provided by the Algoma Central Railway beginning in 1900, when it began to build north from Sault Ste. Marie to...

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