The Jack Pine
Carcajou Bay, Algonquin Park

The Jack Pine, by Tom Thomson, is one of Canada's best known paintings and that particular tree is probably the best known tree in Canadian Art. Almost certainly, that tree no longer exists. Indeed, an urban (bush?) -myth has it that it was burned as firewood in the '70s.

But while the "original" jack pine is now gone, its relatives live on in the Achray area.

2004 August 31

Jack Pine Carcajou Bay Algonquin park

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Today I was paddling in Carcajou Bay and discovered this tree. To my eye, the resemblance of this tree to Tom Thomson's jack pine is uncanny.

Tom Thomson painting  The Jack Pine

The Jack Pine by Tom Thomson

Jack Pine Carcajou Bay Algonquin park

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It is interesting that the National Gallery claims that the location of The Jack Pine was Little Cauchon Lake. While it is perhaps rash to challenge the National Gallery regarding icons of Canadian art, I believe that, in this case, the Gallery is mistaken. The site of The Jack Pine is near Achray on Grand Lake looking towards Carcajou Bay. Indeed, to my dismay, a plaque marking the site was recently erected and has vandalized what was once such a beautiful location. See: The Tom Thomson Jack Pine Site — Desecration of a Beautiful Spot.