Chemainus Travel Guide

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Chemainus Things to Do

  • Weyerhauser Mill

    The Weyerhauser Mill is newly designed and technologically efficient, now competing with the rest of the world. Wood is made to order, and they are able to extract the highest grade of lumber from every piece. As I come from Australia, I found it quite interesting, seeing all the logs in the water, and watching the freighters load up with lumber...


    If you come to Chemainus, then you must have a look at the beautiful Mural's that are painted around the town.The Mural's, began in 1982, and now, there are over 40, and still growing!Most of them are in the Centre of Town, but to see all of them, you need to head to the Old Town area, where there are about eight more, may be more now. On the way,...


    Not only Mural's in this town, but excellent sculpture's scattered around the town too!On my opening page, is a photo of the carving based on the first mural to be painted in Chemainus,.......' Steam Donkey At Work. It is a three-dimensional cedar depiction showing the steam donkey.My photo is of a sculpture in town, depicting a scene on a moonlit...


    Waterwheel Park is located in the main part of Chemainus. If your a tourist, you will find it nestled in giant fir trees, near the Tourist Information centre.Quite a few of the trees are indigenous to Vancouver Island. There is a lovely Mural, and a Waterwheel which is a replica of the original that powered the early mills. This wheel and the first...

  • Different ways to see the Murals...

    Chemainus, known as 'THE LITTLE TOWN THAT DID' and for its Murals. The way we saw the Mural's, was by taking the Chemainus Express around the town. This was like a mini steam train, included the driver and a young lady who gave a commentary all the way. The tour was good and interesting, plus it saved our legs that were pretty tired as we were...

  • Beautiful architecture at CHEMAINUS

    CHEMAINUS is one of my favorite towns in Canada. It is a town that is well known for its Mural's, something that I really enjoy viewing, but what I also found here, was lots of lovely painted very quaint houses.There are mill houses along Chemainus Road, as well as historic character homes in the Old Town.Do take the time either to walk or drive...

  • Chemainus Theatre

    This famous theatre offers approximately 5 different productions throughout the year. Visitors can stay in the newly built close by Chemainus Festival Best Western Hotel. Package deals (hotel and theatre) available from $89 per person based on double occupancy.

  • Murals...You Can't Miss Them !!!

    As I mentioned in the introduction, Chemainus is most famous for its murals.One just has to walk around the town, look at the walls of the buildings to find a mural...they're everywhere!


    The CHEMAINUS THEATRE is another big draw in town and presents live professional theatre year-round, with special summer family production, new plays featuring guest artists from across North America, pre-show dining and a gallery displaying works by local artists.


    Created by Paul Ygartua, in 1983, NATIVE HERITAGE is based on the figures from the Native past and present in this area. Three tribes are depicted. This mural was my favourite. Also the flowers surrounding it were absolutely beautiful.


    Mural by Peter Bresnen (1988). On May 16, 1897 Harry Smith and partner staked the famous Lenora Claim for copper.


    Billy Thomas (Mural by Sandy Clark) was the first white male born in Chemainus in 1874. He lived to be 102 years old.


    Tuesday, June 3. After Duncan, we came across CHEMAINUS Famous for its Murals. Also known as "The Little Town that Did", became Canada's largest permanent art gallery. Over 32 murals cover the public buildings, depicting the early life of the area.

  • Visitor Center

    There is a visitor center in downtown Chemainus where you can get more information about the town, murals, and other towns in the area. Follow signs from the main road to the center. There are public restrooms and a gift shop there as well.

  • The Thirty-Three Metre Collage

    This moral, "The Thirty-Three Metre Collage", is painted in 1982 by Frank Lewis, Nancy Lagana, and Paul Marcano. It depicts everything from the Chemainus wharf to the Chemainus log dump.

  • Murals Everywhere!

    Murals are located everywhere in downtown Chemainus. This is truly an outdoor art museum. Here you can see two murals. The one on the left is called "Logging with Oxen" and is painted in 1983 by Harold Lyon of Fountain Hills, Arizona. The one on the right is called "Steam Donkey At Work" and is painted in 1982 by Frank Lewis and Nancy Lagana of...

  • World in Motion Mural

    This is another mural you will see in Chemainus. This one is called "World in Motion" and is painted in 1986 by Alan Wylie of Crescent Beach (White Rock), BC. This painting is a montage of historic buildings and events in the area between 1883 and 1939.

  • Memories of a Chinese Boy Mural

    This is another mural you will see in Chemainus. This mural, "Memories of a Chinese Boy", is painted in 1996 by Chen Shu Ren of Vancouver, B.C. and shows the life of a Chinese family in Chemainus. Very beautifully done!


Chemainus Hotels

  • Best Western Chemainus Festiva

    9573 Chemainus Road, Chemainus, BC, V0R1K5, CA

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Fuller Lake Motel

    9300 Smiley Rd - Trans Canada Hwy, Chemainus, V0R 1K0, Canada

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Business

  • Chemainus Tudor Inn Bed and Breakfast

    10050 Panorama Ridge Road, Chemainus, BC, Chemainus, V0R 1K0, Canada

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Chemainus Restaurants

  • Best Bakery Ever!

    Best bakery ever! This is a real bakery. The break is baked fresh daily. There are plenty of treats to choose from all at ridiculously low prices! The owners are fabulous people who will always take a moment to chat! There are tables to sit and enjoy the scrumptious treats.


    Hans and I couldn't resist going into BILLY'S DELIGHT for an ice cream. I had my usual double Butter Pecan with a waffle cone. MMMMM! Home of the original fresh-baked Chemainus Waffle Cone, Hearty soups, Sandwiches and other light lunches. Coffeeand Expresso Bar.

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Chemainus Shopping

  • Antiques

    If you enjoy looking at, browsing through, or buying antiques, then this is one of two best shops in Chemainus to go to!Most of the stuff they have is authentic...what one would expect to see in an antique store...not just crap picked up at garage sales, thrift stores, or from garbage bins by some phoney "antique dealers" who want to cash in by...

  • Antiques in the Lower Town

    Here's a real treasure trove for Antique lovers!!!There are SO MANY antiques here, but most of them are small. Don't expect to find any furniture or larger items here. Lots of household antiques, fine glassware, jewellery, and everyday objects.It has gone down in quality a little bit (for what it's offered these past couple of years) but there are...

  • BEST and ONLY BAKERY in TOWN !!!

    This bakery has been operating in Chemainus for 50 years! They offer really good and absolutely DELICIOUS baked goods!!! They bake their breads and pastries using only natural products with no additives or preservatives in the ingredients.The owners/ bakers...a married couple who bought the bakery about a year ago, really seem to enjoy their job...


Chemainus Off The Beaten Path

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    by Albernfrau Written May 11, 2006

    This is a great park. Hardly anyone is ever there. A great rocky, sandy beach that you can stroll for a long time. A nice meadow starts your walk which leads through the trees and down to the beach. Admire the colourful birdhouses someone has put up lining the path.

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    We went to Chemainus as I really enjoy Mural's.As usual, we found the Visitor Centre which was located in an old police station on Willow Street in the town centre. One of the world famous mural's depicting a steam train crossing a bridge over Chemainus River was painted on the wall.Here, the helpful lady told us how much the Horse & Carriage...

  • General Info

    Tourist OfficePO Box 575 / 9796 Willow StreetChemainus BC V0R 1K0Canada- Tel.: (+1) (250) 246 39 44- Fax: (+1) (250) 246 32 51- Internet: E mail:


    Some murals are tucked in corners or laneways . A wide angle lens is a help .Ths mural is 31.08 meters long by 3.69 meters high .


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