Chemainus Murals, Province of BC

Chemainus

The small seaside community of Chemainus has become well known for its over 40 professional murals, carvings and statues that depict the history of the area. These murals attract thousands of visitors every year. Gift shops and art galleries also abound, offering some of the Island’s best pottery and native and local artworks. You can also be entertained at the Chemainus Theatre, an award-winning neo-classical building that houses the 274-seat theatre and Playbill Dining Room, where professional stage productions, musicals, concerts and pre-show dining are offered year- round. For outdoor activities visit Fuller Lake, a pristine lake, free of pollutants, and stocked with trout. It is a great place for swimming, paddling, fishing, picnicking, hiking, or just relaxing on the beach.  Golfing, walking trails and water sports are all nearby and if you are a diver there is a unique Boeing 737 Dive Site  located in Stuart Channel between Chemainus and Thetis Island.

Location

Chemainus is located 32 km (20 mi) south of Nanaimo and 80 km (50 mi) north of Victoria on the Trans-Canada Highway 1.

A Step Back in Time

The early history of the Chemainus area is inextricably tied to its forests and the First Nations people that lived here for centuries. Chemainus, or more specifically the bay around which the town grew, was home to natural features which made it attractive to the forest industry. The sawmill, which opened in 1862, was operated by a powerful stream with a potent waterfall.

The late 1880s heralded the arrival of the railroad and the town slowly grew for the next thirty years. In the early 1920s the population was estimated at 600 with the inhabitants being of Chinese, Japanese and Salish Indian origin.

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Chemainus & Nearby Accommodations

9 Listings

Country Maples RV Resort

Country Maples RV Resort

Chemainus

Quality RV Resort with lots of space, grassy and shaded sites. 160 sites off Hwy, heated pool, mini golf, clubhouse, playground. Cell service available. West side of Hwy 1, 1/2 mile south of Henry Road. Nearby golf, fishing, antique and curio shops, Chemainus murals. ... Read more
Chemainus River Campgrounds

Chemainus River Campgrounds

Chemainus

3 km south of Chemainus on Trans Canada Hwy. Enjoy our 9 wooded ha situated along the Chemainus River; featuring large sunny and wooded sites with water, power, sewer, showers, Laundromat and internet. Close to golf course and regional park. River swimming, badminton, horseshoe pitch; guest patio ar ... Read more
4 All Seasons Resort

4 All Seasons Resort

Ladysmith

A family owned camping facility, situated on inside coast of Vancouver Island on the Cedar peninsula, covered by mature trees and bounded by beautiful rock beaches over 100 sites in a treed setting. 3 night minimum stay for long weekends. ... Read more
Riverside Campground & Cabins

Riverside Campground & Cabins

Duncan

Riverfront camping, large grassed and shaded areas. Full and partial hookups, pull-thrus, cable TV, flush toilets, group and cyclist rates. Tent sites have firepits. Washrooms open May 1 - Oct 1. Open year round for self-contained RVs. ... Read more
Rondalyn | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Rondalyn | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Ladysmith

A beautiful forested Parkbridge Resort with a big rig friendly park on Halsam Creek is the ideal destination for families to have a fun filled vacation. Offering year round accommodation, we welcome guests to stay with us during any season. Your RV and camping experience will be the best one yet at ... Read more
Beaver Lake Resort

Beaver Lake Resort

Lake Cowichan

Resting between the mountains and fir trees, Beaver Lake Resort is the ideal destination for tranquility and relaxation. Featuring spacious sunny or treed RV, tent or cabin sites, you will enjoy 1500 feet beautiful lake frontage views and private access of Beaver Lake. Our family oriented, pet frien ... Read more
Lakeview Park Campground

Lakeview Park Campground

Lake Cowichan

This campground offers 75 sites, 28 of which have lake views. The marina is just a short walk away. Power and water are available on some sites. ... Read more
Malahat Mountain Meadows RV Resort

Malahat Mountain Meadows RV Resort

Malahat

Situated north of beautiful Victoria, British Columbia near the summit of Malahat Drive, the resort is an experience with nature nestled amongst the giant cedars and seasonal creeks. We offer spacious, fully serviced RV lots and some private and scenic campsites, perfect for every need. Choose from ... Read more
Cedar Springs Ranch

Cedar Springs Ranch

Malahat

Nestled amongst towering cedar and fir trees, Cedar Springs Ranch offers a family-friendly destination. Situated in a forested mountain setting of Malahat Drive, our campground is an escape from urban life while still being only a 20 minute drive to Victoria. Explore the historic city, boat across t ... Read more
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