We have very few eyewitness reports describing the discovery of Tom Thomson’s body on July 16, 1917. A few telegrams were sent out of the Park to notify family and friends, but these documents don’t tell us much. The most interesting documentation we have is the reports of Dr. Howland and Park Ranger Mark Robinson, who examined Thomson’s body the day after it was discovered.

As you’re reading these documents, you might keep a list of the questions you have that you can’t find answers to. Other investigators might have had very similar concerns. Then, you might find it useful to visit the Investigations section to consider testimony gathered by investigators long after the events took place.

Diaries, Journals or Reminiscences





Newspaper or Magazine Articles

Photographs, Paintings or Drawings