Georgian Bay Islands National Park of Canada

Artist in the Park Program

Family at sunset

Questions & Answers | Important Dates

Georgian Bay . Place of breathtaking natural beauty and source of artistic inspiration. Its lush hardwood forests and distinctly rugged Precambrian Shield have been muses to the likes of the Group of Seven, Ed Bartram, and many others over time.

As an Artist in the Park, we invite you to spend a week in the iconic landscape of Georgian Bay Islands National Park. Based out of our new rustic cabins on the western shore of Beausoleil Island, you'll be inspired by the park's natural beauty and cultural riches.

Calm shoreline
Shoreline at Georgian Bay Islands
© Parks Canada

As an Artist in the Park, you will:

  • Bring your creativity and sense of adventure to the inspiring landscapes of Georgian Bay Islands National Park;
  • Share your art and speak with visitors about your art and creative process;
  • Help park staff promote your work and participation in the Art in the Park program;
  • Provide Parks Canada with one quality digital reproduction of a work related to your participation in the program for educational and promotional use.

Parks Canada will:

  • Provide one rustic cabin at Christian Beach, located on the western shore of Beausoleil Island where you can admire sunset views of Georgian Bay;
  • Provide the park entry pass and access to the island-based park with the DayTripper shuttle service;
  • Promote you and your work in the park through local media, the web and Parks Canada's social media;
  • Provide space and promotion for 'Meet and Greet' sessions with the Artist.

Questions & Answers

How are the artists chosen?
We seek artists who are eager to share their passion for the arts and their interest in Georgian Bay with visitors. The artists' applications are reviewed by the Admissions Panel that determine ideal candidates for participating in the program.

What art form is accepted for this program?
We are seeking artists that are creative, energetic and willing to share their passion for the arts with park visitors. Whatever your medium, we invite you to apply to the program.

How many artists will be selected?
Up to a total of 6 artists will participate, each participating in a five-day session.

Can I lead workshops for visitors?
Every artist participating in the Art in the Park program will be asked to participate in an informal "Meet and Greet" session during their stay. This will give the artist an opportunity to showcase their art with visitors of the park and to speak with them about their artwork and creative process. If an artist is interested in delivering a workshop for visitors, we will be happy to help organize and promote this activity.

Can I travel to the park using my own boat?
There are no docking facilities at Christian Beach. If you choose to travel by boat, canoe or kayak we ask that you advise park staff of this arrangement prior to departing for your stay.

How do I get to and from Beausoleil Island if I don't own a boat?
The park is accessible by boat only. Artists are invited to take the DayTripper park shuttle service to reach Beausoleil Island, the largest island of Georgian Bay Islands National park. The fees for the DayTripper are included in your participation in the program.

What facilities are at the Visitor Centre?
The park's new Visitor Centre is centrally located in the Cedar Spring campground and day use area, the main location for visitor activities and information. It's the spot for visitors to plan their stay and learn about the park. It is an ideal location to showcase your artwork and meet visitors from around the world.

How many people visit Georgian Bay Islands National Park?
Approximately 56,000 people visit Georgian Bay Islands National Park every year.

Can I use natural materials in the park to create my art?
Georgian Bay Islands National Park is a very unique place. It was designated a national park in 1929 to protect the natural and cultural heritage for all Canadians to understand, appreciate and enjoy. All natural elements are protected by law and therefore you cannot use natural materials found in the park.

What can I do during my free time?
We invite you to enjoy all the park has to offer. Take in an interpretive program, explore the hiking and biking trails, swim in the clear waters of the bay or simply bask in the sun with a good book.

Where is Georgian Bay Islands National Park?
The park is composed of 63 islands and is accessible by water only. Visitors taking the DayTripper shuttle service depart from the park base in Honey Harbour. Driving time from Toronto to Honey Harbour is approximately 2.5 hours, depending on traffic.

What is provided in the rustic cabin?
For a full list of what is provided in the cabins and a list of suggestions on what to bring, visit our Rustic Cabins page.

Where can I buy groceries and supplies?
We recommend that you arrive in Honey Harbour with everything you will need during your stay. However, there's a small general store in Honey Harbour where you can make last-minute purchases. Ice and additional firewood can be purchased at the Visitor Centre in the Cedar Spring campground.

To apply, candidates must submit the following by email at info.gbi@pc.gc.ca:

  • The completed Program Application Form (PDF, 81 Kb);
  • A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) high quality digital reproductions of their artwork; and
  • An artist resume or other biographical information (artist's website, exhibit reviews, newspaper articles, etc.)

Applications can also be mailed at:
Artists in the Park Program
901 Wye Valley Road, Box 9
Midland, ON
L4R 4K6

Please note that mailed applications will not be returned to the sender.


Important Dates

  • The deadline for applications for the 2014 program of Artists in the Park is 4 pm EST April 17th, 2014.


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