About Chemainus

Chemainus: More than just Murals

Located on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island, Chemainus has long been a popular tourist destination, but it is also a great place to live, play and do business.

In the heart of town, nestled in giant fir trees, is Waterwheel Park.  While children play in the whimsical, nautical-themed play area, parents can relax and watch performers at the outdoor bandshell. Don’t miss the sights and shops in Old Town, just a short stroll through the Gateway.  Kin Park is a seaside picnic spot with a playground, swimming beach with change houses, and boat ramp.

Of course, you won’t want to miss the murals, an attraction known around the world. Read the story of Chemainus’ transformation from a mill town to a quaint town with character and exciting possibilities.

You may also visit the website of the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society at www.muraltown.com.  Gift shops and art galleries abound, offering some of the Island’s best pottery, native and local artworks. Peruse the antique and collectibles shops for one-of-a-kind treasures.

Take a break from your browsing in one of the numerous coffee shops and restaurants – but be sure to save room for a trip to one of the many inviting ice cream parlours.

Chemainus Theatre

Don’t miss the renowned Chemainus Theatre, beloved by locals and visitors alike.  An award winning neo-classical building houses the 274 seat theatre and Playbill Dining Room, where professional stage productions, musicals, concerts and first class dining are offered year round.  For current theatre info go to: www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca.

After an evening’s entertainment, be pampered in one of our hotel/motels or charming bed and breakfasts. Join in one of the many festive, entertaining weekend celebrations. Mount Brenton Golf Course challenges golfers.

Camping, boating, fishing, and trails for hiking and mountain biking are all close by. Chemainus is situated in a central spot affording many delightful day trips. Take a scenic one and a half hour drive to Victoria, or visit more of the beautiful Cowichan area.