Pembroke Heritage Murals©

© Robin Burgesse 1999

The Pembroke Heritage Murals© celebrate the area's rich character and heritage through large-scale paintings on an ever-increasing number of our city's downtown walls, colorfully portraying a bygone era for the enjoyment of today's generation. As you walk through the streets of downtown Pembroke, view the story  of the Pembroke area. In 1613 Samuel de Champlain was the first European to visit the area. By the turn of the 20th century, the area had grown into a vigorous logging community. In 1884 Pembroke became the first community in Canada to have commercial electric street lighting and an electrically lighted town hall. As the town grew, the landscapes and lifestyles changed. The Murals are an illustrated record of Pembroke's ever changing history.

The first five murals were painted in 1990 and since then, Pembroke Heritage Murals© has overseen the creation of more than twenty murals by both local and national artists. The artists various styles are as varied as the wealth of historical source material they've researched and been influenced by. During the summer months, you may see murals in progress and may have the opportunity to talk to the artists about their work.

The artists include :

  • Stephan Bell

  • Neil Blackwell

  • Robin Burgesse

  • Craig Campbell

  • Randy Chester

  • Robert Garneau

  • Pierre Hardy

  • David Yeatman

  • John Ellenberger

  • Marillyn Saffery

  • Karole Marois

The walking tour of the Murals takes approximately one and a half hours.
Brochures describing the murals can be obtained at the Pembroke Visitors centre as well as at other area tourist information centres, booths and locations. Guided tours can be arranged for a small $2 fee which goes back to the Pembroke Heritage Murals Committee for mural purposes. Call 613-735-3413 for more information.

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