August 09, 2012 | Tips from Travellers >
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There are about 10 beautifully painted murals on many of our unique, old, and new buildings in Smithers. The nice thing is they are all within walking distance of each other, so I spent an afternoon admiring the work of local artists and enjoyed the detail they put into these masterpieces. My favorite painting would have to be the Eagle in Flight; it is located on the corner of Main Street and First Ave. It is made up of purples and blues for the sky, with trees, and the eagle with its wings spread wide. This painting was created with the purpose of displaying a skewed perspective of an aspect of the Valley. The eagle is one of the amazing creatures native to Canada and commonly found in the Bulkley Valley. Other paintings include Poineers of the Bulkley Valley, Music of the Valley, and Northern Sunset, just to name a few. In the presented picture is our newest mural in town, it has snowboarders to represent our wonderful ski resort, a musician to represent music in the valley and our talented local musicians, and a fisherman to represent the great fishing our area has to offer. I grabbed a brochure from the Smithers visitor centre called, a Tour of the Murals in Smithers, and this allowed me to experience every painting, and plus it gave a brief description of each mural. If you are looking to enjoy some art, come to Smithers because its all over town.