So much to discover in one little town…
Those who come are mesmerized by the local artistry that
can be seen in everything throughout town, not just the murals.
Store front windows hold local hand made objects and gifts, artisan food destinations dot the town, the world renowned Chemainus Theatre operates year-round, the parks are lovingly adorned with carvings in homage to the culture of our heritage, and slew of festivals and events seen throughout the year all hold those artistic elements close.
Young at heart visitors love the town’s distinctive free and easy character and the friendly, homespun service. The true charm of this lively community is the chance to share experiences and connect with the people who live here – affectionately known as Chemainiacs.
Because the murals are so walkable, we pride ourselves on accessibility. The town is an easy walk for seniors with many rest stops along the walking tour as well as being very wheelchair friendly. Most stores that are not directly at ground level offer ramps and switch backs that aid in you being able to move freely throughout the town. Most of our parks, and the small trials within walking distance, also allow for the same accommodations. We implore you to go and explore.
Chemainus is located just off the TransCanada Highway, an hour North of Victoria and a half hour South of Nanaimo. Steeped in rich history and culture, Chemainus was originally a quiet string of first nations settlements that grew to a town filled with opportunity. For more information on our history please click here.