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Chemainus

“Never let those who say it can’t be done, stand in the way of those who are doing it. This is the credo of Karl Shulz, the force behind the original Chemainus Mural Project. There were many who looked at Chemainus, and declared that turning the town into an Outdoor Art Gallery simply could not and should not be done. Fortunately, the people who were busy trying to do it were too busy to get discouraged. And that is why, today, Chemainus is known as “the little town that did.” Chemainus, tucked in the heartland of the Cowichan Valley, was once primarily a mill town, and home to the largest covered-in sawmill in North America. The port of Chemainus was one of the first ports to have been developed in the Pacific Northwest. Chemainus lies within the boundaries of the District of North Cowichan, tucked neatly in the Cowichan and Chemainus Valleys, on southeastern Vancouver Island. North Cowichan is the third oldest municipality in British Columbia, with a population of approximately 27,000.” Municipality of North Cowichan (Chemainus)