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CHEMAINUS Crofton & Thetis Island

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CONTENTS Getting here History Dining Murals Isabel Askew Chemainus map Shopping Art Theatre Spas Recreation Events Things to do Accommodation Crofton Thetis Island

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getting here


little town that did

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Chemainus is a charming town tucked between the Pacific Ocean and mountains on Vancouver Island. Chemainus falls into the Municipality of North Cowichan, and is part of the Cowichan Valley Regional District. The town is perhaps best known for its fabulous murals, which are painted on buildings throughout the whole town. Upwards of 80,000 visitors come to take in the sights on an annual basis. The Island, accessible by ferry, plane and float plane, has a highway from one end to the other, making Chemainus easy access for Island residents and visitors. The community of around 3,900 is located about 30 minutes south of Nanaimo, and about an hour north of Victoria, making it the perfect place for a quiet getaway. The town offers plentiful shopping opportunities at locally owned businesses. Find hand crafted soaps or novelty items, artisan pieces or basics like bread and groceries. Stop by a cozy restaurant or drop into a bakery for a quick coffee break — or take your coffee to the beach or Waterwheel Park. Enjoy spa services, or a round of golf. Take in a world class show at the Chemainus Theatre or explore the museum and absorb the community’s history. Chemainus is the perfect place to relax with the family, escape on a romantic weekend or just step back from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Heading to Chemainus By Ferry Visitors can come to the Island by ferry and drive or take one of the public transit options to Chemainus. There is daily ferry service between Tsawwassen and Victoria, and Vancouver and Nanaimo. There are bus and taxi options to travel to and from ferry terminals. Visitors to and from Thetis Island can take a ferry right to Old Town Chemainus as well. For more information and ferry schedules, see www.


By Airplane

By Car The Trans-Canada Highway goes from one end of the Island to the other. The entrance to Chemainus is prominently set along the highway, so visitors from the north and southern portions of the Island can just take a picturesque drive, take in the views and make their way to Chemainus year round.

By Rail Visitors can also travel by rail. See www.viarail. ca for more information.

The Nanaimo Airport is located in Cassidy, a nearby community. Air Canada flies to the airport from Vancouver. Expansion work on the runway in 2009 eventually will also open up the airport to expanded services.There are also chartered flights that use the airport. See www.nanaimoairport. com for more information. There are also float plane flights between downtown Vancouver and downtown Nanaimo. See,, and •

historical roots

From lumber to tourism In 1963 the Chemainus Valley Historical Society was founded to preserve the historical facts of the community. Donations of artifacts and archival material were collected and stored with the dream of one day opening a museum. In the mid 1980s a group was formed within the society to look into finding a building site for a museum. By February 1991 the Chemainus Va l l ey M u s e u m w a s s t a r t e d i n Waterwheel Park. You can see almost all the original drawings of the murals on display and artifacts dating back to the mid 1800s. The Chemainus Valley Historical Society plans to have a larger museum by 2015. The museum is open from March to December. Call 250-246-2445 for information, or stop by for a visit.

praising the rich land around Chemainus, which resulted in a multitude of settlers. From 1889 to 1945 the Victoria Lumber The first Europeans set foot on & Manufacturing Co. ran the mill. There Chemainus soil in 1852. The “Cowegin” were many changes, fires, shut downs, loss First Nation called the area “Tsiminus” of workers due to war, and huge changes which later was changed to Chemainus. In in technology. In 1915, it is said, a young 1858 land was pre-empted and the develH.R. MacMillan, after some problems with opment of Chemainus started. Life for the mill management, quit. He vowed that these first settlers was harsh, with poor someday he would come back to purchase housing, isolation, Indian attacks and many the mill and fire all the management. diseases resulting in In 1946, he bought high mortalities. As the mill. Later the families settled in the “If you want to understand name was changed area, changes started today, you have to search to MacMillan & to happen. Schools Bloedel Ltd. when a were built, small gennew partner joined. yesterday.” eral stores sprung up During the next four and the town started decades the mill — Pearl Buck to grow. prospered and the Settlers like town received donaMontague Drake saw the potential of the tions of parks and monies towards enrichlumber industry and developed the first ing the lifestyle of the population. water powered sawmill in the Chemainus But on Feb. 23, 1983 the MacMillan Bay (known as Horseshoe Bay). In 1862 he Bloedel Chemainus mill site was closed sold the mill to Thomas Askew who ran permanently. This was the end to an era it for 23 years. Henry Croft and Henry for the township. The following year it Severn took over as owners and hired was announced that a new state of the a young machinist, Matthew Howe from art sawmill would be built and opened England. by 1985. But it only needed to about one Howe purchased a large tract of land third of the original workers. Weyerhauser where he built the Horseshoe Bay Inn. took over the mill in 1999 until 2004 He also took out the first water-rights on when Brascan (Cascade) Western Forest Fuller Lake. He also sent word to England Products became the newest owners. By Norma Greer Chemainus Valley Historical Society

Murals brought tourists to town The downswing in the lumber industry in the early 1980s lead to worry, even after the new mill project was announced. The town’s population still fell. It was decided that a revitalization project was needed to bring people to the town. From a first, tentative idea a dream was born.The first suggestions of painting flowers on building walls morphed into painting the history of the town on the walls. Chemainus became one of the most popular towns in the world with more than 40 murals.Tourism is the number one business. •


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mural magic The Festival of Murals Society has two new murals scheduled for completion in 2010. The first was announced in August 2009 for the side of the Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre and is being painted by Lurene Haines. Plus, the society is working on bringing in painter Carey Newman to paint another Emily Carr mural, a tradition that was started last year with a new mural on the side of the Chemainus Theatre Festival building. “It’s a stunning departure from our traditional historic murals, which have served us so well over the last 26 years,” said society founder Karl Schutz in 2009, adding the society is venturing into a new era with the life of Emily Carr. The schematics to bring about the next mural are in the works. “Then they will be hopefully finished by the end of the year,” Schutz said. “This is our wish.” The first Emily Carr mural was painted in 2009 and is a realistic gallery setting. It is a tromp l’oeil, a type of optical illusion that tricks viewers into seeing depth were there actually isn’t any. Steffen Junemann, who lives in Germany, painted it.The Emily Carr House has endorsed the mural project. Also planned for 2010 is a revitalization project. Schutz said a specialist from the United States is coming to rejuvenate all the murals with a new formula. He said it is a new process which will bring all the murals back to their original life. Aside from restoring the murals, it will also preserve them, Schutz said.

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Stroke by stroke, the newest mural is appearing on the wall at the Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre. Artist Lurene Haines volunteered to paint one there after noticing that the building didn’t have one of the famous murals. “The building is a key part of Chemainus,” Haines said. The Festival of Murals Society and the seniors centre embraced the idea. Ideas about the content for the mural were bounced around and eventually a social scene with a mix of people, including seniors and First Nation people, was decided upon. Unlike some of the other murals, this one is not a re-creation of an existing photograph. Haines had to imagine the type of social event that would have taken place in the community in the early 1900s. She said she envisioned a social gathering with dancing, instruments, and a picnic. Mount Brenton towers in the background. “I did a lot of reading,” Haines said. “It was very interesting. It definitely sounds like it was a tough place to live.” She said the mural conveys the outlook of the seniors centre too. “I think the story of the mural mimics the story of the seniors centre,” Haines said. The mural shows people engaged and involved with one another in a fun way. Haines said the mural is actually in five segments. It wraps around the building. Work on the mural was expected to continue through the spring and summer.

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sabel Askew has no problem telling your you’re over-shaved and under-dressed, or that she’ll take your funny money. After all, she’s from late 1800s Chemainus, and frankly, money and fashion were different back them. Take a historical walking tour with Askew and take in the town’s amazing history. Actor Michelle Lieffertz, plays the role of the spunky Isabel, who came to Canada on a bride ship when she was 13. Askew was in love with a naval officer, but she had to marry George Thomas Askew instead. He was essentially the town founder, although there had been other settlers in Chemainus. See ISABEL 11

The world can wait.

There’s no better time to recharge. Life is nuts these days. We’re all moving way too fast. It’s easy to forget the important stuff and hard to gear down. But if not now, when? So, cancel your appointments, turn off your cell and swing into Ladysmith. Your desk won’t miss you. Mellow out in a café on our heritage main street, soak up the sun at our oceanside beach park or cruise around our marinas and protected waterways by boat or kayak. Seriously. The world can wait.



Isabel Askew leads the way through history The Askews had eight children, and then George Thomas died. Isabel was left to make do on her own, and she was left in poverty. Lieffertz said Isabel took on running the mill and opened the general store, post office and a liquor depot out of her home, which incidentally is now the parking lot at Waterwheel Park. “She organized for a school district,” Lieffertz added. “Against all odds she pulled it together and muddled through.” Lieffertz said in that way, Askew herself is much like the town of Chemainus. “Isabel is the woman who did,” Lieffertz said, referring to the town’s slogan The Little Town that Did. “I admire all of the traits in her.” Isabel was also one of

the first woman settlers in Chemainus. During the walking tour, Lieffertz covers the early days of the town to the modern times. “I try in 40 minutes to tell the story from the very beginning with the First Nation people,” Lieffertz said, noting the band that lived in the area was called the Tsameenis, which was converted to Chemainus in English. “We use the murals as a jumping off point,” Lieffertz said. “We talk about the murals and the Askews.” She also expands on both the world wars and Copper Canyon, as well as the role of the Chinese people in the town, along with settlers and town industry. “I love history,” Lieffertz said. “It makes me excited. There’s

so much I wish I could put in.” The guided tours are at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. and start from the Visitor Information Centre across from Waterwheel Park Wednesdays through Saturdays. See the website at for information.

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So many choices By Ingrid Rennblad Chemainus Chamber of Commerce Shopping in Chemainus is a refreshing experience. The little town is home to a number of small shops and spas. There isn’t a single big box store in sight. Everything is easily accessible, parking is free and easy to find. The town is quaint, the pace gentle and the scale just right to make it a pleasant and memorable experience. This is a good place to visit to stock up on necessities and a few extras for your trip. The two grocery stores are well stocked. The local health food store carries a wide range of products, vitamins, supplements, plus a line of natural clothing. If you are looking for baked goods join our regular visitors who stock up on Chemainus Bakery’s old fashioned

favourites such as apple fritters, rolls and other delicacies. Another stop is the Utopia Bakery, where you can stop to pick up some exquisite European baking. For muffins, check out the daily offerings at the Muffin Mill. Tea aficionados may want to check out the large selection of teas at the Twisted Sisters Tea Room. See SOMETHING 17

During the summer months, Wednesday is Market Day in Chemainus. The market runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Waterwheel parking lot. For more info head to the Visitor Centre across from Waterwheel Park.


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the arts

The Pottery Store P eggy Grigor has been a potter since 1977. She and her husband recently took over ownership of the Pottery Store, and she now exhibits her work there. She specializes in creating crystalline glaze. Grigor also creates functional pottery for the home and garden and teaches classes. See www.potterybypeggy. com.


enee Sala is a professional potter living in Victoria. See her website at www. She creates functional pottery and mixes her glazes with natural, non-toxic, lead-free ingredients. Her current line features thrown and slab work.

The Pottery Store has been a hub for the arts in Chemainus for years. Last year, the store on Willow Street changed ownership. Brad and Peggy Grigor bought the store from the five potters who owned it. The original potters still have their work in the store. Josee Duffhues and Victor Duffhues of JoVic Pottery, Harriet Hiemstra and John Robertson of Cobble Hill Pottery and Renee Sala all still supply the store. Although the primary focus of the store is pottery, there are other speciality products made by Vancouver Island artists and artisans available at the store. Gera Scott of Amused Creations sells polymer clay jewelry that is designed to look like beach rock. The store also carries glasswork by the Redroom Artglass Studio.There are also handcrafted books by Those Great Little Books, soap products from Saltspring Soapworks, fused glass jewelry from Kiln Art Glass, books from Turning Point Arts, candles from Qualicum Candleworks, paintings by Barb Sapergia and pieces by silversmith Lorne Flach. See for more information. The Pottery Store is not the only place to find beautiful art. Chemainus picturesque setting attracts artists. The Visitors Information Centre or the art gallery in the Chemainus Theatre Festival may be able to help connect visitors with art.

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anadian favourites and all round classics feature prominently in this year’s Chemainus Theatre Festival productions. The 2010 coming shows are The Sunshine Boys, Guys and Dolls, Wingfield’s Progress and A Christmas Carol. Mark DuMez, artistic director, said there are threads running through all the productions. “One of the threads is what we’ve become known for, in featuring classics,” DuMez said, noting he has tried to update the definition of classics. The comedic The Sunshine Boys runs April 15 to June 5. It is written by Neil Simon and directed by Nicola Cavendish. Summer brings with it Guys and Dolls June 17 to Sept. 11. The Tony award wining play features lots of music, gangsters, card sharks, night club singers and the Salvation Army in New York. “I think it is a classic musical,” DuMez said. As a follow up to last year’s Letter from Wingfield Farm, Ron Beattie returns to Chemainus in round two of Walt Wingfield in Wingfield’s Progress. Rounding out 2010 is a production of A Christmas Carol Nov. 11 to Jan. 8. For the younger set of theatergoers there is of course the Kidzplay series in the summer and winter. Munsch Ado About Nothing and Wild Holiday Shorts are written for the four and older crowd and their families. There is also a new program called Discovery for children aged 10 and up. This year’s production is called the Remarkable Emily Carr. For up to date information and show times, see

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Something for everyone “The town has something for every taste and every budget.” — Ingrid Rennblad Why not pick up some freshly roasted coffee beans at the Dancing Bean Café? If you are looking for kitchen gadgets and a more extensive selection of gifts, candles & cards, Gifts & Things is the place to visit. The Pottery Store and the Gallery at the theatre are just two of the places that carry work of local and B.C. artists and artisans. Visit local artist Sheryl Sawchuk in her studio gallery on Maple Lane. Want to satisfy a sweet tooth? Pick up some freshly made fudge or hand made chocolates at Caravaggio’s, or try out some of the Queen’s favourites at British Allsorts. A visit to Hansel & Gretel takes you back in time to an old fashioned candy store where much of the sweets are sold by weight and packed in charming little boxes. Chemainus has its own fashion houses that cater to the more mature women. Degage designs and sells its own brand of clothing and also make clothes to order. Kinney clothing carries some of the well known lines such as Tilley and French Dressing. Chemainus is also home to the Golden Hanger which specializes in high quality consignment clothing. If you are looking for something really special, Toad Hall Emporium carries play things for all ages, children’s clothing, and work of local artisans, unique imported crafts, and garden ornaments.

You can pick up a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers at A Flower Affair. If you are looking for something for Fido stop by Sonshine Flowers; in addition to fresh flowers, they also carry a line of doggie stuff. If you want to pick up something for your garden or need some garden tips, stop by Sandpiper Garden Centre. Chemainus is home to two very different soap shops. Willow Street Soaps carries a number of lines of fine imported soaps and other indulgences for the bath. In the opposite end of town Vancouver Island Soap Factory manufactures and sells a line of natural soaps and other cleaning products through their retail outlet. If you are looking for a special treat stop at one of the local spas, the Flowering Tree Natural Spa offers full spa services using organic skin care products. The Urban Legend offers both full Spa services and hairstyling. In addition to the above, Chemainus has a respectable collection of used stores selling antiques, knick knacks, books, and a thrift shop. The town has something for every taste and budget. When you visit, make sure you look around town as some of the restaurants and stores are tucked away. After a day of successful shopping, treat yourself to an ice cream from Billy’s Delight & Ice Ceam Parlor or Small Tall Treats Ice Cream. •

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Chemainus is a natural wonderland Start exploring Chemainus Lake — This place is perfect for dog walking and has a dock for fishing. The lake is wellstocked. Circle the lake in half an hour, and explore two different types of forest.

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Guided by Michelle Lieffertz, an experienced historical interpreter, you’ll walk in the footsteps of Chemainus history as ‘Isabel Askew’ (b.1850) brings the murals’ stories to life.

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hemainus and the surrounding area lend themselves to outdoor activities, from walking, hiking, swimming or just relaxing outside. Dive deep — Divers have the unique opportunity to explore the world’s only sunk Boeing 737 artificial reef off the coast of Chemainus. Spot sea creatures, and explore the underwater plane. For information about the artificial reef, call 250-2520758 or see

Fuller Lake — Fuller Lake offers fishing, boating, tennis, swimming and more. There is room for a picnic and lots of wildlife to spot. Askew Creek Wilderness Trail — This trail is accessible from Oak Street in Chemainus. There are eight kilometres of trails to wander and view flora and fauna. Stephanie Addis photos

Visit Kin Beach — This lovely park offers a wide expanse of lawn, plus a play area for children. Explore the beach or use the boat ramp. The view from the park is spectacular.

Go golf — Visit Cottonwood north of Ladysmith in Cassidy. The course has 18 holes and can be reached at 250-245-5157. See Ladysmith Golf Course is a familyfriendly par 3 suitable for all levels. 250245-7313.

Waterwheel Park — This park is in downtown Chemainus and features a working waterwheel, as well as carvings hidden in the trees. There is a playground for children, and easy access to the Chemainus museum. The park is also home to the band shell, which features musical acts in the summer.

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Fun all year long April April 17-18. Arts and Ethnic Fest. Food, entertainment, art April 17 at the Bandshell, Waterwheel Park and Chemainus Royal Canadian Legion. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18, music, 2 p.m. Bandshell. Chemainus Cultural Arts Society. 250-416-0382. April 15 to June 5. The Sunshine Boys. Chemainus Theatre Festival. Tickets/show times call 1-800-5657738.

June 19 The Rotary Club of Chemainus hosts Chemainus Summerfest, including a parade, from 8:30 a.m. 4 p.m. Free. Waterwheel Park. 250246-2994. June 20. St. Michael’s Presents Rising Stars of the Cowichan Valley. 2 p.m. St. Michael’s Church. June 26.The Fab Fourever. Saltair City Limits. Saltair Pub. 250-2465050 or 250-246-4942. Stephanie Addis photo

April 25. St. Michael’s Presents Spring Reverie, Ann Baker on piano. 2 p.m. St. Michael’s Church. May May 1. Open mic night. Dancing Bean Cafe. 7 p.m. 250-246-5050. May 29. Steel Wheels the Rolling Stones tribute band. Saltair City Limits. Saltair Pub. 250-246-5050 or 250-246-4942. May 30. Cowichan Valley Youth Choir. Bandshell, Waterwheel Park. 2 p.m. May 30. St. Michael’s Presents Ensemble Laude, medieval music. 2 p.m. St. Michael’s Church. June June 2 and all Wednesdays in June, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Outdoor market. Downtown Chemainus. June 17-Sept. 11. Guys and Dolls at Chemainus Theatre Festival. Tickets/show times call 1-800-565-7738. June 15. Twilight Shuffle 5 km run around town. Call Phil Nicholls. 250-246-2994. 20

July July 3. Giant street market. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Downtown. 250-2463944. July 3. Pancake breakfast at the Chemainus Royal Canadian Legion. 7-11 a.m. July 3. Strawberry tea in the garden at St. Michaels Church. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 250-246-4470. July 7 - Aug. 21, Chemainus Theatre Festival 2010 Kidsplay series: Munsch Ado About Nothing. Showtime 11 a.m. 1-800-565-7738. July 7 and all Wednesdays. Outdoor market. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Willow Street. July 10 . The Powder Blues Band. Saltair City Limits. Saltair Pub. 250246-5050 or 250-246-4942. July 24. Artisans in Waterwheel Park. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 250-246-3944. August Aug. 4 and all Wednesdays. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Outdoor market. Willow Street. 250-246-3944.

Aug. 13 Arrival — Abba Tribute. Saltair City Limits. Saltair Pub. 250246-5050 or 250-246-4942.

October Oct. 5. Fall Auction. 250-2463944.

Aug. 14. Dreams — Fleetwood Mac Tribute. Saltair City Limits. Saltair Pub. 250-246-5050 or 250246-4942.

November Nov. 11 - Jan. 8. A Christmas Carol. Chemainus Theatre Festival. Tickets and info at 1-800-565-7738.

Aug. 21. Street Market, and other events. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Willow Street. 250-246-3944.

December Dec. 4. Self Guided Christmas Walking Tour. Chemainus businesses. 250-246-2421.

Aug. 25 - Sept. 18. Chemainus Theatre Festival 2010 Kidsplay series: The Remarkable Emily Carr. Showtime 11 a.m. 1-800-565-7738. September Sept. 1 & 8. Wednesday market on Willow Street. 11 a.m. -4:30 p.m. 250-246-3944. Sept. 11. David Gogo Trio. Saltair City Limits. Saltair Pub. 250-2465050 or 250-246-4942. Sept. 23 to Oct. 30. Wingfield’s Progress Chemainus Theatre Festival. Tickets/info: 1-800-565-7738.

Dec. 11. Christmas Carol Ship. 250-246-3947. Dec. 18. Little Town Christmas. Waterwheel Park. 250-256-1448. Dec. 18 - Dec. 31. Chemainus Theatre Festival 2009 Kidsplay series: Wilde Holiday Shorts. 11 a.m.Tickets and info 1-800-565-7738. Check the Chemainus Visitors Information Centre for the most up to date information. Call 250-246-3944 or stop by the office, located across the street from Waterwheel Park. •

fun for free


things you can do for nothing

1townFollow the yellow footprints. They lead around 6 Visit the Chemainus library, where there is free and past all the murals the town is famous wireless Internet service for everyone, along with for. The Visitor’s Information Centre also carries a mural guide.

plenty of books, magazines and more to read and sign out.

2Chemainus Check out fabulous artwork in galleries at the 7 Fishing — once you have a licence there is Theatre Festival and downtown like plenty of fish to be had at Chemainus Lake and Sheryl Sawchuk’s Croft Street gallery. The Pottery Store also houses a variety of art and pottery work. See the stained glass at St. Michael’s and All Angels church.

Fuller Lake. Fish from the dock at Chemainus Lake, or slip a kayak, canoe or rowboat into the water and enjoy a day on the lake.

gardening supplies, books, antiques, flowers, electronics and specialty foods are some of the things that can be spied through a window.

to Crofton and swim at the Crofton Pool open in late June through August.

a picnic with gorgeous ocean views. Plus, there is a playground for children. Watch boats launch and seagulls fly.

serious, treasure seeker.

8 Swim, swim, swim.There is certainly opportunity 3shopping There are plenty of delights to be found window to do that in the waters off of Kin Beach Park, and in Chemainus. Clothing, candy, art, soaps, at Chemainus and Fuller lakes. Or take a quick drive 9You can find lots of antiques in Chemainus.There 4family,Kinbecause Beach Park is the perfect place to bring the are plenty of antique shops (Willow Antique Mall, there is a wide expanse of lawn for Antique Emporium and Top Hat) for the casual, or 5

Use your ears and eyes for music in the park during the summer months. Also, every Wednesday evening there is a farmers’ market, with local, fresh products for sale. Waterwheel Park, downtown.


Wander the Hermit Trail. Follow the path of Charles Abbot, who created the trails in the wild. Go north on Chemainus Road from downtown, and turn left onto Elm Street. Walk to the end, where the road meets the trees and go over the fence to the trail.

Take in the stained glass at St. Michael’s and All Angels, or watch out for street entertainment in Chemainus. •

Get your money’s worth Chemainus is planning to have its own currency. Dubbed the Chemainus Dollar, the specially designed currency will be available through Coastal Community Credit Union and valued at par with the Canadian dollar. It can only be used in Chemainus. The bills will be available in the familiar Canadian denominations from $1 to $100 and have several security features. To minimize confusion, Chemainus Dollar notes will also be similar in colour to Canadian bills of equivalent value. “Our currency will only be accepted in the Chemainus area,” said Karl Schutz with the Chemainus Monetary Fund, the group behind the project. Schutz compared the introduction of a new currency to the mural project he helped launch in the 1980s that revitalized the community. But he said there was much more doubt surrounding the success of the murals. “This is a community project and they are part of the community so we hope they embrace the [Chemainus] Dollar and support the community in the long run.” Watch out for the Chemainus dollars in 2010.


Rooms with a View

staying here

Make a home away from home

T Comfortable rooms with harbour views. Close to Transfer Beach, shopping and marina. Complimentary breakfast.

Holiday House Motel toll-free reservations 1-888-310-2299 ofďŹ ce reservations 250-618-5830 540 Esplanade (Trans Canada Hwy)

he perfect place to stay on a getaway to Chemainus is a cozy bed and breakfast. There are plenty to pick from, and each has something unique and special about it. For those who prefer a hotel, visit the Best Western Chemainus Festival Inn, which is pet friendly and just a short walk right into the downtown area of Chemainus. The hotel opened in 2005, and has a 4 Green Key Eco-rating from the Hotel Association of Canada. The hotel features a pool, fitness facility, computer use, free parking and in house massage facilities, along with a complimentary continental breakfast. For more information on cottages, camping options, RV parks, holiday homes and motels, in and around Chemainus, visit www.

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B&B Guide

Castle Cove Inn


“On the Ocean” • private • minutes from Chemainus’ famous murals


Hawley Place Bed and Breakfast

10121 Chemainus Rd. Chemainus, B.C.

Island Estuary

BED & BREAKFAST Enjoy local island food with fabulous ocean views

The Perfect Getaway Rhonda and Ed Shirley 302 Hawley Place, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1X9 Fax/Ph: 250-245-4431

302 Roland Road Ladysmith, BC V9G 1X8 Contact: Lynda + Ted Tel: 250-245-0665

Yellow Point Bed & Breakfast A warm & elegant guesthouse with a taste of Dutch hospitality 4130 Yellow Point Road, Ladysmith

(250)245-7059 Web:

Summerley Bed and Breakfast 9909 Cedar Street, Chemainus

250-246-9104 • 250-701-4709 (cell)

Your Home for Marine Life Viewing in the Spectacular Gulf Islands • sauna • hot tub • kayaks • beach 120 Clam Bay Rd 250-246-9770 Thetis Island

Chemainus Tudor Inn

Jarid’s Corner B B

You deserve to be spoiled. Come experience our hospitality

& 10050 Panorama Ridge Road Chemainus, BC 1-877-246-2393 250-246-2393 •

250-246-4938 10621 Chemainus Rd Ladysmith 23

visit crofton

Where else to visit? Crofton is also the gateway to Salt Spring Island, a popular place to indulge in local arts and scenery. Take the 20 minute ride and pop over to Salt Spring Island with a BC Ferry. The terminal is located in Crofton. Visit for more information.

Looking for Cool... ...try these Cool Spots! Crofton Pool - Crofton

Call for swim times or lessons 250-746-POOL (7665) OPENS JULY 2 - AUGUST 22

Crofton’s story


rofton is a quaint, cozy community snuggled between hills and the Pacific Ocean.

HISTORY The original town site of Osborne Bay was homesteaded by a small number of families in the mid-1800s. Timber and farming were the main economic areas. But at the turn of the century, Australian born Henry Croft developed a mine at Mount Sicker. By 1902, his mine was producing plenty of ore, and Croft bought Osborne Bay to build a copper smelter and house his employees. When copper prices plummeted the mine closed and the town was supported by logging and fishing. In 1956 a large pulp mill was built. Nowadays, visit Crofton for its village charm, breathtaking views and fantastic recreation. From Crofton, enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing, or peruse the town on foot and pop into the shops.

WHAT TO DO Visit the Old School House Museum. This one-room school was built in 1905, and it was operated until 1948. Discover Crofton’s history through pioneer and smelter displays and artifacts. There is also information about the school when it was used as such.

Check out the Old School House Museum in Crofton. Explore Osborne Bay Regional Park, or take a picnic and relax at the park. Clam on the beach at Osborne Bay, (if there are no harvesting restrictions), fish, and view wildlife like sea lions or Orca whales.

Fuller Lake Park

a fun day at the beach this summer Beach Volleyball, Picnic Area OPENS JULY 2 - AUG 22

Before July 2 Call 250-746-POOL MUNICIPALITY of North COWICHAN For Information 24

Incredible ocean views at the gateway to Salt Spring Island • Gourmet Muffins • Specialty Coffees • Salt Spring organic coffee • Light Lunch Visit the Galleria - local arts & gifts

1532 Chaplin Street, Crofton

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Take a lovely, scenic walk long the boardwalk, which begins at the lower parking lot at the Crofton Small Craft Harbour.

Visitors in Chemainus will find Crofton is a quick drive. It is accessible from Chemainus, and from the Trans Canada Highway.

Visit Crofton Pool. This outdoor pool opens June 28 and closes Aug. 24. Call 250-746-POOL for swim times or lessons.

Location: Crofton is located off the Trans-Canada Highway 1, on the southeast coast of Vancouver Island, 8 km north of Maple Bay, and 11 km south of Chemainus. Crofton can be reached by taking the scenic drive from Maple Bay Road to Herd Road, and Herd Road to Osborne Bay Road.

Fish at some of the neighbouring water holes, like Quamichan Lake, Somenos lake and Fuller Lake. Those with a preference for fishing in saltwater would be well served to visit the Sansum Narrows, between Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island.

Outdoor activities like hiking in Maple Mountain Centennial Park, Mt. Richards and Mr. Prevost are also popular.

WHERE TO STAY There are bed and breakfasts, motels, hotels and camp grounds to pick from. The Twin Gables Motel is near the government boat launch, on Joan Avenue. Camp at Crofton Campgrounds or Crofton RV Park. Visit a local bed and breakfast for a homey touch. WHAT TO EAT Crofton has a wide variety of pubs and cafe style restaurants featuring everything from pizza to vegetarian lasagna. •


thetis island


hetis Island is one of the smaller Gulf Islands located in Vancouver Island’s rain shadow. It enjoys a dry, sunny, Mediterraneanlike climate and owes its name to HMS Thetis, a British naval frigate stationed in the area in 1851. Kuper Island is a stone’s throw away. It is home to the Penelakut Tribe and can be visited by invitation only. Both islands can be reached by a short ferry ride from Chemainus. Thetis Island affords numerous recreational opportunities include scuba diving, fishing, swimming, boating, kayaking, bird watching, beach exploration and hiking. Visit the summer market on Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon at Telegraph Harbour Marina. Local arts and crafts, seasonal produce, preserves, baking, and


Thetis Island A community website offers additional information regarding accommodation and services, while www.bcferries. com lists sailing times. Be sure and ask for the Thetis Island Visitor’s Guide as you board the ferry for a detailed map to fully enjoy your stay on the island.

Whether you come by boat, car or walk...

New owners Ron & Tara invite you to stop by their Marina and Bistro



more are available. It’s advisable to book accommodation in advance at one of the many B&Bs as space is limited, and there are no campgrounds on the Island. Whether you’re enjoying the winding roads by vehicle, taking a leisurely bike ride or hiking, the ocean can be accessed at the ends of Pilkey Point Rd, Sunrise Point Rd, Clam Bay Rd, at the government dock and the two marinas. Visitors are asked to leave no trace and take home any garbage they make while visiting the island. The island has a large deer population, so pet owners should keep their dogs leashed at all times. Telegraph Harbour Marina’s new owners Ron and Tara invite you to stroll the docks,

explore their gift shop, and enjoy their new bistro and want everyone to know they’ve kept the 1950s soda fountain. The island has a number of artists, gift shops and a nursery, just watch for the signs. Want to make something while you’re on the Island? Contact Synergy Glass and Creative to take in a onehour or half day glass fusing playshop. Several church camps provide summer activities for children, and boat moorage is available at two marinas located in Telegraph Harbour. Groceries are available at both marinas and at Howling Wolf Farm Market. A liquor outlet, post office and cash machine is available at Thetis Island Marina.

Our beautiful Marina is only a few minutes from the ferry landing on Thetis Island. Enjoy lunch at the Bistro or try our famous milkshakes & ice cream sundaes. We also carry a wide variety of gifts & clothes Turn left after disembarking ferry

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Custom Art Glass for your Home Summer Playshops Carol Swann - 250-246-3699

Thetis Island Open by appt. •

AN ARTS AND CULTURAL DESTINATION Thousands of visitors from all over the world come to this creative village, renowned for outdoor murals depicting its heritage, and the year-round professional theatre company. The arts have found a niche in the galleries, shops, and markets of this picturesque community. With a lush backdrop of forest and mountains, the natural beauty in the Chemainus Valley is a dream come true for people that love nature and the arts. Get away from busy city life, holiday in this friendly seaside village. One hour north of Victoria, Chemainus is the ideal central location for exploring Vancouver Island. Talk to a real person, call the Chemainus Chamber of Commerce at 250-246-3944 Email




LIVE PROFESSIONAL THEATRE the best in comedy, musicals, drama

THEATRE GETAWAY with dinner, hotel & breakfast

DIVING ask for our Extra Night Special 877-246-4181

Playbill Dining Room open before every show



at the Chemainus Theatre

Best Western Chemainus Festival Inn 9573 Chemainus Road, Chemainus, BC, Canada V0R 1K5

TAKE A PEEK! fabulous, functional and original art over 100 BC artisans


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A new era of mural magic continues. Talk a walk through history.