Please note: This scavenger hunt is a work of historical fiction and not associated with the AGO. Any questions relating to the product, location, etc. should be directed to Urban Capers.

Over a hundred years ago Tom Thomson, Canadian outdoorsman and iconic artist, mysteriously disappeared into the mists of Algonquin Park. On the anniversary of his death, CBC Arts and Culture reporter Maggie Shankins takes a fresh look at the case.

She uncovers a startling story that suggests a connection between the powerful Boulton family who founded the AGO and the eclectic group of landscape painters who went on to form the Group of Seven.

Along the way, she encounters another, who is investigating a much older mystery: The long lost Da Vinci Trove, the artist’s fabled personal collection of art, sculpture, journals and inventions, the location of which went to the grave with him. He left behind clues, of course, but the code has never been cracked, the location never found.

Help Shankins sift through evidence separating fact from fiction to unravel age old mysteries that have haunted the art world for years.

Tickets are $65.00 + HST per person for everything your group will need to enjoy the hunt, including admission to the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Inquire about an event

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    Player Capacity

    This hunt can handle groups from 20 to 40.

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    Date and Time

    Choose any date and start time for this hunt, Tuesday through Sunday, from 10:30 am. Contact us for gallery hours, as they are subject to change.

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    Intrigue at the AGO is $65/person plus HST. This includes entry to the gallery.

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    Event Time

    2.5 hours – 2 hours for the hunt and 30 mins for intro/conclusion.

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    Caper Type

    The hunt involves individual clues and an overarching mystery to be solved.


Teams receive a hunt package:
a clue book, suspect list (for mysteries), map, etc. Our hosts get players in the mood and ready to play and then send them off!

Teams have two hours to explore the museum, tracking down and solving clues, seeking answers and completing challenges.

To wrap up, teams are scored, a winner is declared. The winner receives the coveted Golden Magnifying Glass.

Yes, Intrigue at the AGO is a perfect introduction to Urban Capers.
Your group will be brought into the AGO together, and given a detailed introduction by our hunt hosts, but once the hunt starts, groups will separate into smaller teams to solve the mystery. We have created multiple routes for each hunt, with different starting points, so teams will not be not be following one another.
Once you have decided on a date and time, and spoken with our dedicated event planners, and are ready to book, we have a simple process. We ask for a 50% deposit on your estimated player count, which secured the booking. From there, you have up to a week before the event to adjust your headcount.
Our hunts are finely tuned and well tested to ensure maximum fun for all. Therefore, we do not encourage changes to the hunt route, or specific questions.

We are happy to change the start or ending location to suit your needs, and include special announcements in the introduction or conclusion.

Yes, at the end of the hunt, we will present the winning team with the much coveted golden magnifying glass (1 per team.)

However, some groups prefer to offer additional prizes to the winning team, or even to all participants. If you wish to do so, you can simply give the prizes to our hunt hosts at the beginning of the event and they will award them to the winners at the end of the hunt.