Situated just a short drive south of Nanaimo, Chemainus is small town of about 4,000 residents and is a thriving community favoured by local artisans.
Chemainus is famous for its 40+ murals and is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Particularly in the warmer months, the streets are filled with people enjoying the unique restaurants, markets, wineries, brew houses, art galleries, horse-drawn carriage rides and music in the park. Other highlights of the area include the famous Chemainus Theatre , which offers year round productions and live dinner theatre events. If you are visiting with the little ones or are young at heart, make sure to stop by Hansel and Gretel’s Candy Company on Willow Street for an authentic candy store experience!
Founded in 1858 as a logging town, Chemainus was originally a resource-based community, and industry was the main source of employment for locals. Chemainus has evolved over the years to include smaller industrial and manufacturing companies, tourism related businesses and many specialty businesses. Many residents have lived in the area for generations and wouldn’t live anywhere else!
Reasons to live In Chemainus
As well as offering art, culture and history, this lovely town is also a great place to be outdoors. Hiking, biking, marine sports, lake swimming, ocean beaches, clubs and parks are all at hand. Chemainus features Mount Brenton Golf Course, an18-hole golf club surrounded by towering firs and has been in operation since 1948. The area also offers a fully serviced ice arena, skate park, youth centre and thriving Early Years Programs for children.
While Chemainus may be considered off the beaten path by some, its proximity to larger communities such as Ladysmith, Duncan and Nanaimo make this worth a look if you want a quieter lifestyle, while still remaining close to all the amenities of a larger city.
Chemainus is 25 minutes from the Nanaimo Airport, 40 minutes from the BC Ferries Departure Bay terminal and is the docking point for the Thetis and Penelakut Island Ferry.
If Chemainus sounds like the place for you, call John at 250-751-1223 or contact him here. He is always available and ready to help.