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“Surprising little town.”
Review of Chemainus

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southern alberta
Level 6 Contributor
32 reviews
51 helpful votes
“Surprising little town.”
Reviewed October 20, 2010

We stayed in a wonderful little palce called, Chemainus. We stumbled upon it while running an errand for our niece. We passed a sign on the highway about the murals there, so, when we were done with our errand, we decided to go back and see what it was all about.
We checked into the Best Western there. It is fairly new and well appointed. There was a lovely whirlpool and swimming pool as well. That facility is the only one of its kind in the town, so the locals pay to use it as well.
We checked with reception to see what might be of interest in the town for us, and of course to inquire about the murals. The receptionist, brought out a map, which showed all of the murals as being numbered. The next day we decided to walk around and check things out. We were pleasantly surprised to find that all the little shops were boutique style, and there was everything from a candy store, christmas store, ice cream parlor, and a barber shop that offered shave with a straight razor. They had a nice amphitheatre, with entertainment going on, a great little museum, all about their town and area's history. The murals were fabulous! They were done by many different artists. We spent most of the day wandering around and taking in this beautiful little place. We walked back to the hotel, and got ready for dinner.
We had purchased tickets before we left that morning for the dinner theatre that came highly recommended by the receptionist at the hotel. Well, what a great experience! The food was fabulous, and so was the play.
I would recommend taking in all the sights in this little town. For some people who might be interested. They also have a beautiful golf course. We don't golf, but it looked very nice. I don't think there is one thing that I could say bad about this town. I would give it a five star rating!

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Vancouver, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
105 helpful votes
“we enjoyed the murals, even in the rain”
Reviewed October 14, 2010

In Chemainus, almost 40 murals depicting the history and culture of the town are painted on the sides of buildings. The first murals were painted in 1982 in an effort to promote tourism after the demise of the wood products industry here. We picked up a great map of the murals at the Tourist Office and then walked down to the water front and back up to the old town area and viewed the murals along the way. We stopped to have some refreshments in one of the cute restaurants in old town and continued on our walk to view more murals and sculptures even though it was raining. The murals and statues all tell a story and are very charming, as are the shops in the old town.
We felt this was definately worth a stop!

1 Thank VancouverLeslie
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Frankfurt, Germany
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
50 helpful votes
“Cute little town worth a visit”
Reviewed October 9, 2010

We had the chance to stay in this region of the island for six weeks on our trip around the globe.

Chemainus is a little town trying hard to attract tourists as their is not much other industry around. However, they set up the "world famous murals", we think is neat but to obviously touristy, yet in combination with the sleepy charm and the cute old fashioned houses it gave us the feeling of being the only tourist around. We liked that.

They also have a theatre with a good reputation. But we didn't go to see a show, hence, we can't comment on this.

We'd liked the possibility to take the ferry to Thetis Island for a one day excursion with a bicycle and there are some easy, yet, nice hikes available in the area.

We recommend a stay of one to two nights, ideally combinable with a trip to Ladysmith.

Thanks for reading


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Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
42 helpful votes
“The friendliest place, and a charming small town”
Reviewed May 18, 2010

I read a leaflet about Chemainus and really wasn't sure about stopping there. It is famous for the large murals painted on the sides of many of the buildings, but it is so much more than this. We stopped for a coffee break. We were able to park easily in the main street outside the tourist information centre. The person in there was really helpful and recommended a cafe and a short walk around the town.

We never made it to the cafe because the a group of local people were giving away free tea, coffee and cupcakes as part of hospital day. They refused to take even a donation. We strolled around the narrow streets and past tiny shops and houses to the dock. It is a nice small scale compared to other towns in the area.

I stopped in the soap shop to buy a small gift and was given a free sample of a nice sized piece of soap. I ended up not buying anything as this was plenty. Chemainus is a difficult place to spend money and feel really guilty as everyone was so nice and friendly. Therefore I am writing this review to encourage others to stop and find out for themselves about this lovely town.

Thank mcreader
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