#CanadaGem: Stunning street art across Canada we can't stop staring at
We here at CBC Life are just as excited as you about Canada's 150th birthday. So in the month leading up to July 1, we're showcasing some of our country's amazing hidden gems from coast to coast: totally Instagram-worthy food, tiles too pretty to *not* shoot, crazy views and more. #CanadaGem #CBClife
Canada boasts its fair share of impressive architecture, but some of the country's biggest structural scene-stealers are the outdoor murals that line the side and back walls of otherwise boring buildings.
With their intricate detailing and magnetic pops of colour, these artful additions to businesses, garages and fences are perfect for showing off local art talent, sharing a slice of the region's history or even honouring a late, great hero. Plus, they make a pretty rad Instagram backdrop.
Here are some of the most unbelievable outdoor murals — and where to spot them — from the snowy streets of Igloolik to bustling downtown Vancouver.
Along Graffiti Alley in Toronto, Ont.
On the side of the Moncton Farmers Market in Moncton, N.B.
Along Industrial Avenue in Vancouver, B.C.
On the side of Dragon Arts Collective in Winnipeg, Man.
On the side of Igloolik Community Hall in Igloolik, Nun.
Along Duckworth Street in St. John's, N.L.
On the side of The Rose & Crown Pub in Calgary, Alta.
In the 'Quartier des spectacles' district in Montréal, Que.
Behind Broadway Shoe Repair in Saskatoon, Sask.
On the side of Freak Lunchbox in Halifax, N.S.
In the city of Chemainus on Vancouver Island, B.C.
On the side of Khoa House in Winnipeg, Man.
On the front of Big Bear Donair in Whitehorse, Y.T.
Along Whyte Avenue in Edmonton, Alta.
On the walls of Union Station in Toronto, Ont.
Behind Timothy's World Coffee in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Along Scanlan's Lane in St. John's, N.L.
On the side of APTN in Yellowknife, N.W.T.
Behind École Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Quebec City, Que.
On the side of Alter Egos in Halifax, N.S.
Covering the Igloolik Radio Station in Igloolik, Nun.
On the side of The Fundy Chocolate River Station in Riverview, N.B.
Along Bank Street in The Glebe neighbourhood in Ottawa, Ont.
On the side of the Cooper Building in Montreal, Que.
In the downtown core of Edmonton, Alta.
On the streets of Regina, Sask.
On the wall of the Billy Mosienko Lanes in Winnipeg, Man.
Along Main Street in East Vancouver, B.C.
On the side of the Däna Näye Ventures building in Whitehorse, Y.T.
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