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A few weeks ago, we went on a road trip to Vancouver Island. There we stopped at Chemainus to take a break from the road. This small community is located between Victoria and Comox, on the island’s east shore. The small town has become a popular spot thanks to the murals that adorn many of the its buildings.
Chemainus was founded in the 1800s as a logging town. Its name honours chief “Tsa-meeun-is” (Broken Chest), a brave man who survived a deep chest wound. The Chemainus First Nation people inhabited this beautiful valley for centuries, and their heritage is very much present in many of the murals around town.
Back in its early days, Chemainus received many Chinese immigrants. They came to work in the lumber operations and, later, on the Trans Canada railroad. There are also murals reflecting some of their history on this part of the land.
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