"CHEMAINUS ---WORLD FAMOUS MURALS" Top 5 Page for this destination Chemainus by LoriPori

Chemainus Travel Guide: 30 reviews and 59 photos


On Tuesday, June 2, Hans and I visitedCHEMAINUS. We were told that it was a definite must see and we were not disappointed. This charming seaside village on Vancouver Island is a favourite destination for family fun and romantic getaways.
In 1982, the people of Chemainus invited internationally known artists to use the town as a canvas.Today more than 34 murals and 12sculptures depict the town's history, people and future. You can follow the footprints for a self-guided tour or go by horse-drawn carriage.
Gift shops and art galleries abound, offering some of the island's best pottery and native and local artworks.There are numerous open-air cappuccino bars and restaurants.
Open year-round, The Chemainus Theatre is a live professional regional theatre company, staging world classics, musicals and new plays featuring guest artists from across North America.
History buffs will enjoy the Chemainus Valley Museum where artifacts and archives document the area's history.
Chemainus is a scenic one hour drive from Victoria or 1/2 hour south of Nanaimo on Highway 1. If you get the chance to go there, please do. Hans and I thoroughly enjoyed it there.

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  • Pros:So Many Beautiful Murals
  • Cons:So Little Time
  • Last visit to Chemainus: Jun 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • canuck68's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    I was interested in your Chemainus pages Lori. I was born there 150 years ago,

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2010 at 1:59 AM

    One of my favorite towns in Canada!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    It was very interesting to know about Canada's largest permanent art gallery. Thanks Lori for sharing!

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    An interesting little town with great works of art.

  • Diana75's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2007 at 4:53 AM

    What an interesting place! The murals look great and are so colorful.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    Wonderful murals! That was a great idea to ask a bunch of artists to cover the walls of the city!

  • enspy's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2006 at 11:02 PM

    A beautiful page! I've moved to chemainus in the last 2 years and i love it. :)

  • Karolina01's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2006 at 5:56 PM

    A nice page about this cute town. Your favorite mural is my favorite as well. We visited this place on our honeymoon, last week.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2005 at 1:07 PM

    A very interesting little town! My wife and I stopped there briefly a few years ago while driving north to Comox.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2005 at 8:32 AM

    Unique page and unique murals!


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