Refinishing work underway to protect the hand-carved welcome figures at the Chilliwack Visitors Centre on Luckakuck Way. (Eric Buermeyer photo)

Refinishing work underway to protect the hand-carved welcome figures at the Chilliwack Visitors Centre on Luckakuck Way. (Eric Buermeyer photo)

Stó:lō welcome figures are getting a little TLC in Chilliwack

The pair of welcome figures, with arms outstretched, can be seen from Highway 1

The Stó:lō welcome figures that stand proudly outside the Chilliwack Visitor Centre are getting a facelift.

“We are getting them refinished and resealed,” said Allison Colthorp, executive director of Tourism Chilliwack.

It’s part of the behind-the-scenes prep work that’s going on as they get ready to welcome visitors once again.

The figures, with arms outstretched in a welcoming gesture, can be seen from Highway 1, and they reinforce the history and connection with the Stó:lō people.

“Visitors just love them and often take pictures with them. They really have become the gateway to our community.”

The welcome figures were completed in 2017 by master carver Terry Horne, chief of Yakweakwioose First Nation, to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

After a few years of battling the elements, the welcome figures were in need of some TLC.

The refinishing and resealing is being completed by Coast Timber Frame and Log workers behind a huge scaffolding structure built by Aarc West.

“The idea is creating some longevity for these figures that have become so integral to our community,” she added.

“We’re hoping they’ll be ready for when restrictions on travel might be lifted and we can welcome visitors again.”

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