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 :
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.