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Whether you’re an enthusiast, adventurer, antiquer, foodie or historian; we have everything here.
so much to do and see
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 over 50+ murals currently and a few planned for later this year, plus 14 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 a rich history, each scene depicts some part of Chemainus culture.
PARKS AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
With countless parks surrounded by 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. Each area has easy access to trails and open spaces, along with a number of outdoor activities like swimming, scuba diving, mountain biking, and skateboarding.
MARKETS, ARTISTS' STUDIOS, TOURS, MUSEUMS, AND EVENTS
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. 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. If you're up for a quick walk filled with history, our museum is a find showcasing local period pieces that must be seen before leaving. The Chemainus Valley museum is by donation; this is one of the best and most reasonable places to spend an afternoon on the Island. Another local attraction is all the art in town. 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 in their garden area.
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.