Chemainus, (population 3900) located on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island between Victoria and Nanaimo, has long been a popular destination for tourists.
Founded as a logging town in 1858, the town is now famous for its 37 outdoor murals. This outdoor gallery has given birth to many businesses, including a theatre, antiques dealers, and eateries. The town is home to many artisans including: painters, glass blowers, potters, sculptors & carvers.
The Chemainus Theatre, exciting town festivals, local attractions and a wide variety of opportunities for outdoor adventure will make Chemainus your destination of choice when visiting Vancouver Island.
Chemainus is an artistic community that boasts a unique mix of gift shops, antique malls, art galleries, boutiques, specialty shops, cafes and restaurants.
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.