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— where to start —

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


so much to do and see



From classic plays to contemporary musicals, each performance at the world renowned Chemainus Theatre is a testament to the power of storytelling and the art of live theater. The talented cast, supported by exceptional production values, transports audiences to new worlds.  



Embark on a captivating journey through the streets of Chemainus, taking in the world-renowned outdoor murals that adorn the town's walls. Each mural tells a unique story, depicting historical events, local legends, and imaginative scenes that ignite the imagination. There are unique works of art that include 3D, sound, and others are interactive. Enjoy a self-guided tour with one of the Mural maps.


Crafted by talented sculptors, these pieces add a touch of enchantment to the town's aesthetic. From intricate bronze sculptures depicting historical figures and to contemporary abstract wind driven pieces that spark contemplation, the sculptures of Chemainus invite visitors to explore this beautiful three-dimensional artistry.


Operated by the Chemainus Valley Historical Society, their mission is to promote research, preserve records, and be the guardians of the rich cultural heritage of Chemainus.


The Chemainus Public Market is filled with food establishments, boutique artisan shops, vintage items, and even an arcade. Visitors can immerse themselves in the towns unique culture and indulge in an array of delectable foods, handcrafted goods, trinkets, and takeaways at this delightful marketplace.


Throughout the year we host a multitude of events. We are a bright and lively town that likes to celebrate with family-friendly gatherings, no matter the occasion. For more information on what's happening in town, check out our featured events. Wednesday Markets are held in Waterwheel Park seasonally and feature a large artisanal offering of local wares and handmade objects. Our big summer market attracts visitors from Victoria and Nanaimo as well as other communities on Vancouver Island.



Whether you're an adventure seeker or a nature enthusiast, Chemainus has something for everyone. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty, breathe in the fresh air, and witness the diverse flora and fauna that make this region so captivating. Enjoy the many panoramic ocean views and lush green spaces, including our Waterwheel Park with its charming water feature and labyrinth. Visitors can immerse themselves in the tranquility of these curated outdoor sanctuaries.


Discover a plethora of artistic talent at the various galleries and shops scattered throughout Chemainus. From contemporary to traditional art, the artists create an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and more. Chemainus truly celebrates the arts in all its forms, inviting visitors to embrace their creative spirit and indulge in the rich cultural experiences it offer. The town provides a vibrant canvas for artistic expression and a source of inspiration for all who venture into its creative realm.

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.

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