On Saturday, August 23rd, Six Mile Lake Provincial Park is celebrating the opening of a new hiking trail honouring Canadian artist David Milne. Mr. Milne lived for six years on the shores of Six Mile Lake and completed one of his finest artworks entitled Over the Rock which illustrates the rolling rocks of the Canadian Shield.
David Milne was born near Port Elgin, Ontario in 1882. His career as an artist led him around the world, with his most well known works produced at the end of WWI while enlisted with Canadian War Records. He painted camp scenes from England, France and Belgium. Mr. Milne was practically unknown until 1934 and did not receive the due attention of his contemporaries, such as the Group of Seven, until recent years. Today many in the art community have recognized Milne in highest acclaim among Canadian painters. He is commonly singled out by foreign curators and critics as our foremost painter. Before his death in 1953, Milne produced over 3000 paintings, with an equal number of drawing and prints.
The celebration festivities include David Milne Jr., representatives from the McMichael Gallery and Six Mile Lake park staff. They begin at 2 pm with the trail dedication ceremony featuring a small collection of original works by David Milne, followed by a guided hike on the newly created Over the Rock trail, a family art painting lesson program and finally a James Gordon/Scott Thomas music concert at 7 pm. All activities are free with a camping or day use permit and take place at the park’s main Picnic Shelter.
Call Six Mile Lake Provincial Park at (705) 756-2746 for additional information
Photo Credit: Doug Hamilton