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In Tune with Nature, by Kris Friesen,
Chemainus' latest mural addition with a
working piano

Indigenous Heritage by Paul Ygartua

A typical Chemainus shopping street

Resting in front of the Steam Train On
Bridge Over Chemainus River mural

Post Office

become an inspiration to towns worldwide looking to reinvigorate themselves. The trademark mural, Native
Heritage by Paul Ygartua, is at the
town's entrance (from the highway)
and honours Indigenous people and
heritage; the mural is flanked by carved
poles and sculptures.
Many of the other murals depict
the forestry and shipping industry so
important to the town's past economy.
Thus, Harold Lyon's Logging with
Oxen shows the slow plodding of these
strong beasts dragging massive trunks.
Harry Heine's H.M.S. Forward portrays the ship's 1863 arrival to search
for the murderers of William Brady and
the Marks family. The other murals can
be seen on foot by following the yellow footsteps painted on the sidewalks
around town. I saw a just unveiled
mural under the eaves of the Chemainus
Public Market, across from Waterwheel
Park. Named In Tune with Nature, an
actual piano has been painted to match
the wide blue-dominated scene depicting a gray whale and a family of orcas,
fringed by kelp. The mural was painted
by Duncan-based artist Kris Friesen.
Just as I approached this latest mural,
a young girl perched on the stool and
began playing the piano.
Waterwheel Park features a

full-sized, red cedar replica of the original Chemainus waterwheel, and water
still powers it. Next to it, a wood carving
commemorates the timber industry, with
its hand-sawn log, power winch and
draught animal. A huge 500-year old red
cedar stump shows the girth of the forests' trees that once covered the region.
The cedar had grown to a height of 200
feet with a width of 11 feet. The stump's
survival reveals how past fallers cut
down a massive trunk. They cut notches
that could support steel-edged planks a
few feet above the roots; then two fallers stood on the planks on each side of a
tree and using axes and double-bit saws,
they'd manage to chop down even the
largest trees.
The Chemainus Museum is also
housed in the same square. It reveals
much of the history of the town, with
Indigenous art and artifacts, a host of
early logging tools and their subsequent improvements, as well as household items from the families that once
lived here. It's located adjacent to the
Chemainus Visitor Centre where you
can pick up your mural map. A few
steps further, a bronze statue pays tribute to H. R. MacMillan, whose forestry
company, MacMillan Bloedel (known
as "MacBlo") was a long-term local
employer. The company lost some of its

luster when it became caught up in the
protests against clearcutting the ancient
Clayoquot temperate rainforests.
Chemainus' streets are filled with
small emporiums enticing visitors looking for art, antiques, beads, second-hand
goods, clothing, or a bite to eat. Utopia
is a Dutch/European bakery at 9780
Willow Street. I indulged in "krentebollen," delicious buns with raisins reminding me of my childhood. I also bought
some scrumptious "appel flaps," reminiscent of apple turnovers. To make sure
the boat was properly provisioned, I
also brought along some traditional ginger cookies and whole grain bread. For
those less interested in traditional Dutch
baked goods, you can find donuts, pasties and meat pies at the Oak Street
Chemainus Bakery on your way back to
the marina.
We had lunch at the Owl's Nest
Bakery and Bistro and really liked the
crispy croissant with egg salad with a
side of fresh fruit. But as I walked further down the streets, I had to stop again
and again to admire more murals.
One that caught my attention
was the depiction of the first telephone
company. It was housed in a private
residence and run by the owner Daisy
Bonde, assisted by telephone operator
Sophia Horton. Painted by Cim

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting October 2020

AT THE HELM: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
BOOK REVIEW: BOLD SEA STORIES
SPECIAL FEATURE: BAHAMAS – THERE AND BACK AGAIN
POWER REVIEW: BENETEAU ANTARES 11
POWER REVIEW: FOUR NEW JEANNEAU MODELS
SAIL REVIEW: HANSE 418
THE PORT HOLE: OCTOBER 2020
TRAVEL DESTINATION: CHEMAINUS - THE LITTLE TOWN THAT COULD
FEATURE: WINTERIZING
CROSSING THE LINE: ON THE ROCKS
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - Intro
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - Cover2
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - AT THE HELM: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - 4
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - BOOK REVIEW: BOLD SEA STORIES
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - SPECIAL FEATURE: BAHAMAS – THERE AND BACK AGAIN
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - POWER REVIEW: BENETEAU ANTARES 11
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - POWER REVIEW: FOUR NEW JEANNEAU MODELS
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - SAIL REVIEW: HANSE 418
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - THE PORT HOLE: OCTOBER 2020
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - TRAVEL DESTINATION: CHEMAINUS - THE LITTLE TOWN THAT COULD
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - FEATURE: WINTERIZING
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