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Whether you’re an enthusiast, adventurer, antiquer, foodie or historian; we have everything here.

Enjoy all Chemainus has to offer

Live Theatre

The Chemainus Theatre Festival features some of the finest professional performers and performances in Canada. Completed with a delicious dining room, and wonderfully stocked gallery a night out at the theatre is always sure to entertain and enlighten.


World Famous Murals and Sculptures

With 44 murals currently and a few planned for later this year, plus 13 works of art and countless others hiding through the town; you are sure to have a wonderful day exploring the town. Follow the yellow footprints at your own pace from one mural to the next or take a narrated tour in an old fashioned, horse-drawn carriage. Each mural showcases the rich history, each scene depicts some part of Chemainus culture.

Parks and outdoor activities

With countless parks surrounded in old growth trees, the long and meandering Trans Canada trail, lakes with sandy beaches, ocean access and sunken scuba diving treasures; you could spend days going from park to park for weeks. Each area has easy access to trails and open spaces, along with a number of specific activities like swimming, scuba diving, mountain biking, and skate boarding.

Markets, Artists Studio Tours, Museums and Events

Throughout the year we host a multitude of event. We are a bright an lively town that like to celebrate with family friendly gatherings, no matter the occasion. Wednesday Markets are held in waterwheel park, which feature a large artisanal offering of local wares and handmade objects, while our big summer market attracts visitors from Victoria and Nanaimo all at once. If your up for a quick walk filled with history, our museum is a find showcasing local period pieces that must be seen before leaving. By donation, this is one of the best and most reasonable places to spend an afternoon on the Island. Our small artist studios are open for touring around town, while others are available by appointment.

Chemainus Public Market

Housing dozens of independent businesses you can spend the entire day there shopping, dining, or even playing at the arcade. Relax on their outside patio or inside their garden are.

Regardless of what you are looking for you are sure to find it.
Go to our Art & Attractions page for a full and detailed listing.