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Chemainus Travel Guide: 30 reviews and 59 photos


Chemainus, is located on Vancouver Island's east shore.

This is a little town, snuggled in-between a mountain range and the ocean, one that I fell in love with!

To me, it was so interesting, so beautiful, with all the little quaint, freshly painted homes and buildings.

Throw in the Murals and Sculptures, plus nice parks, ........
the lovely village area full of interesting shops, .............
this was one of our best times on Vancouver Island.

Chemainus is located 1 hour north of Victoria (80 kilometers), or 1/2 hour south of Nanaimo


Chemainus, is a town full of spirit and determination.

When natural resources were running out, times were hard and it looked like Chemainus may become a ghost town, it was decided a new vision was needed for the future to help the town survive.
Idea's were thrown around, and the idea of giant outdoor wall murals was decided upon to help put Chemainus back on the map, and to help bring money back into the town once again.

Tourism, they thought, would be the answer.

Well, as they say "THE REST IS HISTORY!" as the plan worked,

and .............

Chemainus became known as 'THE LITTLE TOWN THAT DID"

Since then, other Town's around the World have followed suit, and Mural's have pulled many a town out of the doldrum's.

Today, the estimation is that between 350,000 and 400,000 visitors visit each year. Many stay overnight at one of the many bed and breakfast accommodations, and Vancouver Island tour companies almost always include Chemainus as one of their stops, with sometimes 25 buses in a given day.

Good on Chemainus!


To date, more than $300,000 has been invested in the Chemainus mural project.
Lots of Artist's have called Chemainus home, and older people began to retire there. Chemainus of today, has a population of 4,000 and includes cafes, restaurants, gift shops, antique stores, and arts and crafts galleries.
70 new businesses settled in the first 15 years of Chemainus? redevelopment.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Plenty of interest to keep you entertained
  • Cons:.....................
  • In a nutshell:A very pretty little town, full of character!
  • Last visit to Chemainus: Jun 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • blueskyjohn's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Interesting. I particularly like the sculptures.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Really like the looks of these murals. Was close to there a few years ago but did not go there there unfortunately.

  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Fun little town isn't it Dee...I should send you a book that I have about the early days of the logging industry on Vancouver Island..the old photos of the giant Fir and Cedar trees are amazing..I'm happy,seems you enjoyed your stopover here :o)

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Another Phoenix rising from the ashes! Great to see these once important towns come alive again. Loved the murals and architecture.


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