365 Canadian Sights | Day 264: Chetwynd Carvings

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It’s been 15 years since the carvings started coming fast and furious, and they’re giving Chetwynd a unique look.

The wood carvings all over the small Northern B.C. town are the result of an annual competition where chainsaw carvers compete against each other. The results populate parts of the city’s core.

And while you may have seen towns with lots of murals or statues, the carvings depicting animals, fantastical creatures and other characters are there own thing. And it’s not just a couple, that’s part of why they are a sight on this list.

There’s 120 around town.

To be fair, they trace their history back nearly 30 years, but in the past 15 the annual competition really balloons the numbers.

You can spot an Ent, mermainds, a lion and even a pair of copulating tortoises.

Chetwynd is one of the B.C. towns on the other side of the Rockies, so driving there is a little awkward. Prince George is the closest city, still, though, which is about three-and-a-half hours away. Edmonton is a larger centre, but it’s much further away, well over 7 hours. So while this isn’t remote in the backwoods, it’s not really close to much.

The top thing to do in Chetwynd according to TripAdvisor, the carvings are a draw both as a permanent display and as an event. The Facebook page for the carving event can be found here; I’m mentioning it since (even though I only like to do sights that are relatively year round and predictable) it’s really the ideal time to hit the town. There’s also not a lot of info just about the carvings without the competition overshadowing it, so might as well go to the source, so here’s the town’s tourism site.

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