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 Michelle 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 allow access to the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Book Tickets


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.

Some of the clues and references will be over kids’ heads and they can get frustrated. Participants as young as 14 have taken part with their parents and had a great time so at the end of the day, it is up to the parent / grandparent / guardian / cool aunt or uncle.
If you would like to get in touch, please send an email to, or call 647 852 6444.
No, there will be a sign-in sheet for those registered. If you are transferring your ticket to another person, they must bring your ticket.
Once you have purchased a ticket for an event, our people go into action, printing off materials, lining up staff for the event day and purchasing admission tickets if a museum or other institution is involved. Because of this, we do not offer refunds. However, your ticket is transferrable. So if you can’t make it, you can give your ticket to someone else to bring to the event.
Yes, at the end of the hunt, we will present the winning team with the much coveted golden magnifying glass (1 per team.)