Best Outdoor Murals of Canada.
Murals… oh how we love them. So much so … we have compiled a list of our Top 10 murals in Canada! Murals educate, enlighten and beautify. Murals egg us on to walk the streets of communities and sightsee. What is there not to like about murals?
A well designed and applied mural program can change a whole perspective of a town, building or business. And no we are not talking graffiti here. Murals, in many cases, are sanctioned by the town and created by local talented artists or art groups – graffiti is not.
Not all communities have murals but more and more are beginning to realize the positives. A beautiful mural program in a downtown area can accomplish many objectives and promote a more positive image of a community when done professionally. Here are just a few benefits of a good mural program.
1. Murals promote the local artist community.
2. Murals beautify a town.
3. Murals attract people to downtown therefore increasing shopping revenues.
4. Murals (like advertising) promote attractions, history and adventures of a community.
5. Murals attract attention to a business.
6. Murals stimulate interest in a town.
We have come across some pretty impressive murals over the years during our travels east-west-north-south in Canada. Here are the Best Murals of Canada according to our travels.
Midland, Ontario, Canada
“Brebeuf Lighthouse- This lighthouse was built in the 1900’s to help guide ships on course from Giant’s Tomb to the channel serving Midland Bay. Note the window in the top of the lighthouse is real.” OntarioEH.ca is coming soon to Canada eh Travel & Adventure.
Merritt, BC, Canada
Adam Gregory Canada – Touching our Canadian spirit. Being that we are Canadian this mural is impossible to miss while walking the downtown streets in Terrace, BC. One of the many murals in town promoting the Country Music Walk of Fame. Plan a visit to Terrace at :
Port Alberni, BC, Canada
North Pacific grey whales travel 20,000 km (12,400 mile) round trip between their southern breeding grounds off Baja California, Mexico to their northern feeding grounds off Alaska and the Beaufort Sea. The migrating whales pass by the western coastline of BC, Canada every year creating a successful whale watching tour industry. Plan a visit to Port Alberni at :
Chemainus, BC, Canada
From the “Little Town that Could” this First Nation mural is a classic for us as we grew up just south of Chemainus. For as long as we can remember this mural has stayed with us from our childhood. Mural depicts Ce-who-latza, chief of the Lyakun Village on Shingle Point, Valdez Island, and former Chemainus Band Chief Clay-sa-luke; and a Salish woman. Plan a visit to Chemainus at :
Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada
Windsor was originally known as Pisiquid which translate to”Junction of Waters” in the language of the Mi’kmaq First Nation people. Celebrating their past and present are over 12 murals located throughout the community. This one gets recognition as it turns an older building into an entire city street mural. NovaScotiaEH.ca is coming soon to Canada eh Travel & Adventure.
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
The entire building is painted as a street scene, store fronts an people going about their day in 1902. The mural depicts the corner of Commercial St. and Factory St. (now rue Dufferin and rue Frontenac). It is a beautiful transformation of an older building into a wonderful piece of art. QuebecEH.ca is coming soon to Canada eh Travel & Adventure.
High River, Alberta, Canada
Buffalo jump mural depicting a First Nation hunting party. Historic digs in 1959 discovered bones and artifacts over 2000 years old. Before the First Nation people had guns theywould coax herds of buffalo off the end of steep cliffs. Buffalo was used for clothing, food and tools. Plan a visit to High River at :
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Called the Saamis Tepee. It towers at just over 65 metres (215 feet) looming over the Seven Persons Creek river valley and its coulees. Inside the Saamis Tepee are a series of 10 historic story board murals detailing the lives of the First Nation people. There are giant murals, beautifully done – each with information billboards. Plan a visit to Medicine Hat at :
Huntsville, Ontario, Canada
Over 90 world class murals celebrating the artwork of Canada’s best artists like Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven. Murals are spread out throughout the Muskoka region. This one caught our eye because of its vivid colors. It is a mural celebrating the work of Lawren Harris’s Northern Painting from 1924. OntarioEH.ca is coming soon to Canada eh Travel & Adventure.
Dawson Creek, BC, Canada
In an alley way we discovered Old Town Dawson Creek. The walls painted in a series of nickel and dime stores from the days of the Gold Rush. It was as if we stepped back in time. Plan a visit to Dawson Creek at :
Sidney, BC, Canada
‘NIl/tu,o’ in Sidney, BC, complete with a true bas relief – which very few if any murals in this country have..