A Memorable Experience
When I decided to travel to Chemainus, in Vancouver Island, BC, one of the things that I looked forward to are the murals and sculptures depicting the small town’s rich history. And I was not disappointed. I was welcomed with a very wonderful and interesting town.
According to the town’s registry, there are roughly 400,000 – 500,000 people who visit Chemainus every year. The town has now turned into an outdoor Art Gallery. The credit goes to the people of Chemainus who invited international visual artists to utilize the small town to be their canvas. Today, there are over 35 murals and 12 sculptures illustrating the rich history of Chemainus.
As I follow the yellow and white-colored footprints along the town, I saw murals describing the interesting history of Chemainus. Among the murals that I saw were that of the Japanese occupation, illustrating fishermen and mill workers from 1900 to 1942 and that of the Chinese bull mobs as they move timber. Other murals that can be found in the town include steam trains, sailing vessels and workers which were all instrumental in Chemainus’ foundation.
Murals depicting ancient buildings also brought joy to my eyes. I felt as if I was brought back in time. I also passed through the Waterwheel park. There I found a mural coupled with a functioning water wheel. One of the highlights of my trip to Chemainus was the sight of the superb sculptures of First Nations People.
As I stroll along the seaside of the town, I passed through art galleries, antique stores, and boutiques. I also took the chance to take a dip on the beach and stay under the sun while eating the popular flavor of ice cream in town.
To further enjoy the beautifully-crafted murals along the town, I rode in one of the horse-drawn carriages that are available before you enter the town. I felt like I was brought back in time because of the ancient-themed murals and the nice footsteps of the horse I rode with. I really felt that I was part of the history of Chemainus. It felt like I was role playing all the events that transpired in the ancient eras. Anyone who would visit the town must definitely try this experience.
But my adventure did not stop there. I was still able to visit the Chemainus Valley Museum and the town’s live theater. I really enjoyed my tour in the museum and theater because I was able to trail my artistic side.
If you think that Chemainus is just about murals, sculptures, museums, art galleries and live theaters, you are definitely wrong. This town has still a lot to offer. After visiting those heritage sites, I was able to play golf with my friend whom I just met there. I was also able to go fishing and boating before the day ends. At night, I decided to try camping in the town and it was really fun!
On my last day in the town, I tried hiking with my newfound friends. The result: My trip to Chemainus is indeed memorable and educational. I will definitely go back to this place with my family, friends and loved ones.