Second Chemainus Sawmill

Mural #24

Mural #24 — Second Chemainus Sawmill2.4M X 6M (8’ X 20’) Painted in 1988 Chemainus Rd  Show on Map
Artist: Bruce Rickett
Painted in 1988. Restored in 2004 by Cim MacDonald

This sawmill was the second to be built on the same site. Constructed in 1879 by T.G. Askew, it was converted to steam power by Croft & Severne in 1883.

The mural is based on a photograph in 1886.

A mill operated continuously at this site for over 100 years before shutting down for a short period in 1983.

In 1985, MacMillan Bloedel opened a new modern mill, which marks the site of the longest continuous lumber production in BC.