Chemainus Road – Circa 1945

Mural #45

Mural #45 — Chemainus Road - Circa 19453.66M X 2.44M (12′ X 8′), 9750 Chemainus Road
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Artist: Kris Friesen
Painted in 2020.

The mural is based on a photo showing Chemainus Road looking south. The Jolly Trio Snack Bar is on the right. South of that building, at a later date, was a building that housed Jimmy Webster’s barber shop, a beauty salon, and upstairs, Dr. Bryant’s dental office. Clement’s Drug Store and Shaw’s Men’s Wear are on the left. The old planer mill is in the distance.

But the mural tells a romantic story from around 1945. The girl riding the bike is Aileen Heikkila, and the paper boy is Russ Roe. One day, as Aileen rode home after picking up the mail, some envelopes flew out of the basket of her bike. Russ helped her retrieve the wayward mail. Aileen and Russ went on to celebrate a wonderful 59-year marriage and partnership.