Things to Do in Chemainus

Chemainus night is  not enough

Make Chemainus your destination point, the perfect place to take in the amenities and attractions of Vancouver Island.  Let us entertain you.  Here's  a taste of what's to see and enjoy right in Chemainus:

Walk the "footprints" and view the world's largest outdoor gallery of murals revealing the history and mystique of Chemainus.  There are 37 bigger than life murals to view as well as many sculptures by notable artists.

Join a group for a tour by train or take a romantic horse drawn carriage ride.

Watch the ships loading lumber from the WaterWheel Park viewpoint or take a mill tour to learn about one of BC's foremost industies.

Stroll the beach at Kin Park, skip stones or take a dip in the ocean.  Relax and watch the boats go by.

You'll find great trout fishing, fresh water swimming, tennis and picnic grounds at Fuller Lake.

Explore Askew Park with its meandering creek, old growth forest and an eagle's nest.

Experience professional live theatre at the Chemainus Theatre Festival with entertainment for all ages.  Enjoy a buffet lunch or dinner in the Playbill Dining Room before the performance and visit the Gallery Gift Shop showcasing over 100 BC artists.

Antique malls and unique shops scattered around town have treasures waiting to be discovered.

Go scuba diving and explore BC's newest artificial reef, the Xihwu (pronounced key'quot) a decommissioned  Boeing 737 Aircraft just off Kin Beach.

History buffs will enjoy the Chemainus Valley Museum where artifacts and archives document the area's history.

Play  a round of golf at Mount Brenton Golf Course, an 18-hole course that brags it's the "friendliest" golf course in BC.

Visit and walk 'round the Peace Pole, one of only 50 in Canada.  The presence of a Peace Pole announces this is a special place dedicated to Peace on Earth.


The name "Chemainus" comes from the native shaman and prophet "Tsa-meeun-is" (Broken Chest). Legend says that the man survived a massive wound in his chest to become a powerful chief. His people took his name to identify their community.

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