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Official Visitor Guide

CHEMAINUS Crofton & Thetis Island


CHEMAINUS Spring 2012

Publisher Teresa McKinley

Editor Lindsay Chung

Production Doug Kent

Advertising Tim O'Rourke

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Crofton & Thetis Island CONTENTS Getting here Local history Take a tour Wednesday market Dining out Murals Local art Chemainus map Diving Play outside Shopping Theatre Bluegrass Festival Events Things to do Wi-fi Accommodation B&Bs Crofton Thetis Island

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Paths to Chemainus

The Little Town THAT DID R

ich history, culture and unique shopping and dining experiences come together in Chemainus — a vibrant town just minutes off the Trans Canada Highway on Vancouver Island. Chemainus is a town where rich history and culture easily flirt with modern conveniences and lifestyles. Winding along the coast of the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by breathtaking farmlands and rising mountains, this is a town with something to offer everyone. The community of about 4,100 is located about 30 minutes south of Nanaimo and about an hour north of Victoria. The town is perhaps best known for its beautiful murals, which are painted on buildings and which showcase the town's rich history. More than 50,000 visitors come to take in the sights each year. Chemainus is the perfect place to relax with the family, escape on a romantic weekend or get away from the everyday. The town offers plenty of shopping opportunities at locallyowned businesses. 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 Festival or explore the Chemainus Valley Museum and absorb the community’s history.

Just getting here is half the fun By Ferry Visitors can come to Vancouver 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 between 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. Visit for more information and for ferry schedules.

By Car The Trans Canada Highway goes from one end of Vancouver Island to the other. The entrance to Chemainus is prominently set along the highway so visitors from the northern 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 Airplane The Nanaimo Airport is located in Cassidy, just 15 minutes away, and Air Canada flies to the airport from Vancouver. See for more. You can also fly into Victoria and travel to Chemainus by bus or car.

By Boat Those seeking a nautical adventure can stop over in Chemainus at the community marina. Call Harmon at 250-246-4655 to book a reservation at the marina. Boat moorage is also available at two marinas at Thetis Island.

Historical roots

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reaming towards the future often means looking back into the past. In the early part of 1963, a small group of friends gathered around a kitchen table and talked of how they could preserve the history of Chemainus. This group was the start of the Chemainus Valley Historical Society. By Aug. 7, 1963, they were officially incorporated and under the Society Act were responsible for Chemainus and Surrounding District. By the end of that year, there were 23 active members preserving the history of the area. From 1963 until the early 1980s, all the letters, papers, photos and artifacts were stored in many members’ basements. As the first and oldest members started to die, items were being lost with estates changing hands. The remaining members started to look at developing one site in which to store all the information gathered in the basements. A house was donated but not the land, so behind the scenes, many discussions were being carried out, trying to find the best site for this house. Before a site could be found, tragedy struck in the form of fire. The house was lost, and the group was back to looking for both a site and a building. Within the group, it was decided that they would approach one of their own members, MacMillan Lumber Company, and ask that a portion of Waterwheel Park be allowed to have a museum building erected. After everyone was satisfied the museum could be built on the old site of the manager’s house, serious planning started to take shape. By 1990, funds had been raised to build the new museum, and in 1991, with much fanfare, the ground was cut. The new Chemainus Valley Museum opened in the summer of 1991, leaving many basements clean again. Over the next two decades, there was continuous growth within the museum, until now the shelves are overflowing to the point of bursting.

At the beginning of the new millennium, discussions were taking place that the society needed a bigger museum. With research and debates, a new plan emerged, and an expansion proposal was discussed. After a couple of years of hard work, changes in ideas and finding resources, the Chemainus Valley Historical Society now stands in the position to move forward and is aiming at many fundraisers, grant requests and all donations welcomed. The hopes and dreams are to have twice as much space with little impact on the parkland. The society hopes the people of Chemainus will support its museum in any way they can.

The Queen's Garden Tea Party The Chemainus Valley Historical Society gladly invites everyone to come and attend our Diamond Jubilee Celebration of the Queen’s reign. In admiration of Her Majesty's governing of the Commonwealth, our society will be giving a time-honoured English tea June 2 from 1-4 p.m. at Waterwheel Park. We will be serving an afternoon British tea, and there will be old-time British music playing in the background. You may find the Queen or other members of the royal family circulating amongst the visitors. Isabel Askew has graciously consented to attend and welcome the Queen to our lovely town. We invite everyone to embrace this event and come with suitable headdress honouring the Queen's love of hats. The first visit to Chemainus by the Queen was in 1951. Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, during their provincial visits in 1951, spent many days on Vancouver Island, including a short visit to Chemainus. Many of the local people were making the often-repeated comment “Isn’t she lovely.” Even today, you can find some of the older residents in Chemainus who remember this visit. The second visit was planned in 1959. The town was prepared and waiting, and then the people were told the Queen would not be stopping in Chemainus. Many people were upset and wondered why she decided to bypass Chemainus. Later, it was announced that the Queen was pregnant, and the people of Chemainus were relieved. During the garden party, there will be displays showing how the Queen has influenced the area. We will have picture displays of the royal visit to Chemainus. In honour of the Queen, we will have many displays centered on the royal family and their visits to Vancouver Island. By Norma Greer Chemainus Valley Historical Society


Take a tour


ooking for a unique way to get around Chemainus? There are many options, including walking tours and a variety of opportunities provided by Chemainus Tours. Chemainus Tours offers a variety of travel options, including horse-drawn carriage or trolley and a steam train. Tours leave from Waterwheel Park at various times throughout the day during the late spring and summer. Or use your two feet and travel at a slower pace. Take in the town and enjoy the scenes by walking alongside Isabel Askew — portrayed by MIchelle Lieffertz — as she tells you what Chemainus was like in its infancy. Askew was married to town founder George Thomas Askew. Contact the Visitor Centre at 250-246-3944 for more information about the walking tour.

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Wednesday Farmers Market


rom early June to early September, the parking lot of Waterwheel Park in Chemainus becomes a hub of activity, as people gather to celebrate everything that can be grown, produced and made locally during the Chemainus Wednesday Farmers Market. Each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., this intimate little market provides a venue for 38 vendors to sell local and regional farm produce, flowers, baking, sweets and crafts. The Chemainus Wednesday Market is a great outing for the entire family. The lively and unique market supplements what is available in the local stores and invites you to explore the rest of this charming little town with its cafés and many small shops.

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Dining out

Something for every palate T

empt your tastebuds at one of Chemainus' many wonderful restaurants, cafés or bakeries that truly offer something for every palate. Dine at one of the many fabulous restaurants in Chemainus serving food inspired by all corners of the world. Try tempting treats from one of our unique bakeries, treat yourself to some ice cream, or have a delicious lunch at one of our numerous eateries and cafés. Grab some tea, coffee or a specialty drink at one of the cozy light fare spots throughout the town. In the mood for something else? You will find restaurants serving African, Japanese, Mexican,Vietnamese, Greek or West Coast favourites.There's so much to choose from.

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Festival of Murals

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ou don't have to look very far to see history and art come together in Chemainus. Just look at the outside of the building you're standing next to. There's a good chance it is covered in colourful art showcasing the town's rich history. Chemainus has become world famous for its murals. Celebrating local history, people, faces and works of art, these pieces are subjected to the elements and stand as testaments to the strength and positive energy of the people who call this place home. The first murals appeared on Chemainus' buildings in the early 1980s when 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 turned into painting the history of the town on the walls. There are now more than 40 murals and 10 sculptures throughout town, and Chemainus has built a world-class reputation around its art. One exciting new project is set to shine the spotlight even brighter on Chemainus. The Chemainus Festival of Murals has unveiled plans for a striking, 45-foot-high major art project paying tribute to iconic Canadian artist Emily Carr. The finished project will tower 45 feet high and span 20 feet wide. This one-of-a-kind MuralSculpture — so called as it combines sculpture and murals — will be the first of its kind in the world. Surrounded by water,

which will appear to be flowing out of the installment itself, it will feature a First Nations Thunderbird at its highest peak.The finished product will tower 45 feet high and span 20 feet wide. Chemainus is accustomed to welcoming people from all over the world, who come to town to view the beautiful murals and sculptures. And this fall, the town will welcome the world for a very special event, as Chemainus hosts the Global Mural Conference September 10-15. The conference will focus on creating a competitive edge in economic development and tourism, and it is aimed at muralists, economic development executives, painters, artists, tourism boards, municipal CEOs and decision-makers, creative individuals, federal and provincial government staff members, architects, designers and graphic artists — in short, nearly everyone.

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Appreciating artwork

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rts and culture are very important in Chemainus. You can see that on the outside of the buildings that are covered with the town's famous murals, but it's just as obvious inside many of those spaces. Art lovers always make sure to stop at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. The theatre displays different artwork upstairs near the Playbill Dining Room and houses a gift shop that sells original artwork from more than 100 artisans from across B.C.. The Pottery Store, located on Willow Street, showcases numerous pieces from different potters on Vancouver Island and also invites guests to show their work. For more handmade artwork, visit Sheryl Sawchuk's gallery and studio on Croft Street. The Wednesday Market in the Waterwheel Park parking lot is also a great place to find local artwork. The market runs every Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. from June to September. Looking to make art? Bring out your inner artist by painting your own pottery at the Crafty Cuppa Ceramic Studio and Gourmet Café, which is now located on Chemainus Road. Choose your pre-moulded ceramic piece, pick your colours and get painting. When you're done, they'll glaze and fire your work — and you can admire it for years after. Leaving the downtown core, there are plenty of home-based artists from Saltair to Crofton who open their homes to those looking for unique pieces in the Cowichan Valley. If you are in Crofton, Lito's Café displays and sells work from local artisans and painters.

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Unique diving opportunities PHOTO COURTESY OF LAKAN BABAN


he only essentially fully intact Boeing 737 artificial reef in the world lies off the coast of Chemainus. And that's only one of the unique opportunities divers can take advantage of as they explore the Salish Sea and the area around Chemainus with guided diving trips through 49th Parallel Dive Charters. The Boeing 737 — which is 100 feet long and 100 feet wide from wing tip to wing tip — is home to about 120 marine species, including everything from bryozoans and hydroids to fish and octopus, explained dive master Peter Luckham. "On any given dive we do there these days, on a single day, you can see 50-60 species," he said. Luckham and the Artificial Reef Society of BC purposely sank the plane in January 2006. "It's been down there six years now, and it's showing very little signs of any deterioration," he said. Luckham says the Boeing attracts scuba divers from around the world. "It's one of these things that ends up on a diver's bucket list," he said, adding a lot of former pilots, flight attendants and engineers like to come explore the sunken plane. Luckham takes people diving all year round.The plane is a major draw, but they also explore historic shipwrecks in Gabriola Pass and Porlier Pass. "These two sites are some of the best dive sites in the world," he said. For more information about diving around Chemainus, call Luckham at 250-252-0758 or visit



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Play outside

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uch of Chemainus’ true beauty lies in the great outdoors found along our boundary and, in some cases, in the very heart of the town — if you can tear yourself away from the unique experiences of our commercial centre. Pack a lunch, grab your map and get exploring. Chemainus Lake — This place is perfect for dog walking and has a dock for fishing. The lake is well-stocked. Circle the lake in half an hour and explore two different types of forest. Trans Canada Trail — The nation-long trail has spread into the Cowichan Valley, including Chemainus. According to Trails BC, the trail follows the Trans Canada Highway to Herd Road, the entrance point to Crofton. From there, the trail goes along York Avenue and Chaplin Street to connect with Crofton Road. That road connects with Chemainus Road, which goes into Chemainus. A new addition connects Crozier Road to Elm Street. See or for more.

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, including some of the largest Douglas firs in North Cowichan. Fuller Lake — Fuller Lake offers fishing, boating, tennis, swimming and more. There is room for a picnic, and you can spots lots of wildlife. Echo Heights — This second-growth forest is home to great Douglas Firs, swamps and numerous critters, including the at-risk red-legged frog. Access to the park is located along Echo Heights, which can be found off Victoria Road and Channel Boulevard. Dive deep — Divers have the unique opportunity to explore the world’s only Boeing 737 artificial reef off the coast of Chemainus. Spot sea creatures and explore the underwater plane, as well as historic shipwrecks. For information about the artificial reef, call 250-252-0758 or see

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Play outside 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. Stocking Creek Park — Beautiful trails and a picnic area make Stocking Creek Park the perfect place for a nature walk. One of the trails leads down to the creek where you can view a breathtaking waterfall. Parking is just off Thicke Road. Park amenities include a picnic area, trails, parking and toilet facilities 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 bandshell, which features musical acts. Get paddling — It is possible to explore the beauty of Chemainus and Crofton from the water while on a kayak. Sealegs Kayaking Adventures (250-245-4096) can get you floating and exploring. Go golfing — Mount Brenton Golf Course stands at the entrance to town. The 18-hole course is open to public play and offers RV parking, a restaurant, lounge, pro shop and practice area. Call 250-246-9322 for more information.

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Local stores

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hether you're looking for that perfect gift for a friend or you're searching for the best mocha, you'll have fun finding it in Chemainus. The town is quaint, the pace gentle and the scale just right to make it a pleasant and memorable experience. Chemainus is home to a number of small shops and spas. Whether you come by air, boat, bus or car, this is a great place to visit to stock up on necessities and a few extras. The two grocery stores are wellstocked. Everything you need, from dairy products to crisp vegetables and fresh fruit, is readily available. The local health food store carries a wide range of products, vitamins and supplements, plus a line of natural clothing. If you are looking for baked goods, go no further. Join our regular visitors who


come here to stock up on Chemainus Bakery's old-fashioned favourites, such as apple fritters and other delicacies. Another stop is the Utopia Bakery, where you can pick up some exquisite European baking, including a great variety of fresh breads. For muffins, check out the daily offerings at the Muffin Mill. To accompany the baking, tea aficionados may want to check out the large selection of specialty teas at the Twisted Sisters Tea Room. Little Town Market Company is opening up on Willow Street and will feature a bistro/café and a general store selling local artisan products and other unique items from across Canada. You can’t visit Chemainus without stopping at Gringos in the Secret Garden, which has the best Mexican tacos. If you want to make your own wine,

you'll find everything you need at the Wine Den and at Grapefully Yours. If you are trying to find kitchen gadgets and a more extensive selection of gifts, candles and cards, Gifts & Things is a place to visit. Searching for artwork? The Pottery Shop and the Gallery at the Theatre are just two of the places that carry work of local and B.C. artists and artisans. You can also visit local artist Sheryl Sawchuk in her studio gallery on Maple Lane. Next to Sheryl’s studio is Top Hat Antiques and Collectibles, and Grapefully Yours, which carries a wide selection of unique giftware and hot sauces. Want to satisfy a sweet tooth? Try some of the Queen's favourites at British Allsorts, or visit Hansel & Gretel, who take you back in time to an old-fashioned candy store where many sweets are sold

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Local stores by weight and packed in charming boxes. Get in the Christmas spirit all year at Christmas in Chemainus, Santa's specialty ornament shop on Willow Street. There are many fashion finds in Chemainus as well. Degage designs and sells its own brand of clothing and makes clothes to order. Kinney clothing carries some of the well-known lines for men and women, such as Tilley and French Dressing. The store is located in a former bowling alley, and the transformation of the space into a retail outlet is worth a visit in itself. Chemainus is also home to the Golden Hanger, which specializes in high-quality consignment clothing. If you are looking for something unique, Toad Hall Emporium carries play things for all ages, children’s clothing, the works of local artists, imported crafts and more. If you want to pick up something for your garden or need some garden tips, stop by Sandpiper Garden Centre. Take a stroll from downtown south along Chemainus Road, and you will find seven original Mill Houses dating back to the late 19th century.

If you are looking for something for Fido, stop by Sonshine Flowers — in addition to fresh flowers, they carry a line of “doggie stuff.” Continue walking to the Silvermine on Chemainus Road at the corner of River Road, and you will be rewarded with some of the best B.C. native silver art and other hand-carved jewelry. A trip to Chemainus wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Vancouver Island Soap Factory. This unique facility on Oak Street includes a bright and cheery retail outlet and the factory, where fabulous natural and organic soaps, lotions, hair care and body care products are created. Saltspring Soapworks recently opened a new store on Willow Street and offers its artisan soaps and body care products, all made by hand with natural ingredients. Treat yourself at one of the local spas. The Flowering Tree Natural Spa offers full spa services using organic skin care products, while the Urban Legend offers full spa services and hairstyling. Chemainus also has a collection of

“used” stores selling antiques, knick knacks and books, as well as a thrift shop. Remember that during the summer months, Wednesday is Market Day. The market runs from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Waterwheel Park parking lot. After a day of successful shopping, treat yourself to an ice cream, sorbet or gelato from Billy’s Delight or Small Tall Treats Ice Cream. A new ice cream shop, Baby Bears Ice Cream, is opening up on a pathwayy in the Secret Garden. ou need informat tion or help wh hililee in If you information while wnn, stop in at thee Visitor Vis V isitito or Centre, acros ss town, across m tthe he W he Wat ater at erwh er wheel wh eeel.T l. The The he V isi is sitor itor C Cen entr tree tr from Waterwheel. Visitor Centre ggifts, ift fts, s, ssouvenirs, ouuve venirs nirs ni r s, In IInternet ntteerrnnet et sser er vviice er cess and annd has gif services ccccom ommo moda mo dattiion on rroom. oom. oo oom an aaccommodation

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Chemainus Theatre Festival

2012 lineup

Theatre celebrating its

20th Anniversary Noises Off April 27 - June 2

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

June 15 - Sept. 1

Animal Tales July 20 - Aug. 25

Chickens Sept. 21 - Oct. 27

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t's a season of celebration, as the Chemainus Theatre Festival turns 20 in 2012. "It's our 20th anniversary, so we tried to bring in a lot of big shows for us; we're using a lot of professionals this season with shows with large casts," says artistic director Mark DuMez. "We brought back a few shows that were crowdpleasers in the early years. This season also features a lot of partnerships with theatres in B.C. It's a very musical season and a lot of comedy, very festive because it's our 20th anniversary. "As far as themes go, we are looking for shows that enrich the human spirit, and I think this season has a lot of shows that celebrate that." The 274-seat theatre welcomes about 70,000 visitors a year to its various shows. People come for the productions, but also for the atmosphere — to see the grand building and its art gallery featuring local art, and to experience the buffet dinners at the Playbill Dining Room, which are themed toward the production on stage. Shows typically run between Wednesday and Sunday, with one to two shows for those days, including matinees. Tickets can be purchased right up until 15 minutes before the curtain rises. The Chemainus Theatre Festival's 20th-anniversary season will be full of highlights. The theatre will welcome its one-millionth patron sometime this year. As well, the Chemainus Theatre Festival will produce its 100th show this season. "Thinking about our 20th anniversary and this season, it's amazing the Chemainus Theatre Festival has been able to do what it has for 20 years," said DuMez. "It's an amazing amenity to have on Vancouver Island for the various communities it serves. Hitting 20 is quite something for an arts organization, particularly in this environment, so we're real thankful for the people who've been patrons and sponsors and supported the theatre." In the past 20 years, the festival has welcomed

hundreds of professional actors and designers to its stage, created 29 new plays and adaptations and produced 50 Canadian works. DuMez is entering his third season as artistic director of the Chemainus Theatre Festival. He has been with the company for more than 12 years, beginning as an actor and then becoming an artistic associate and now artistic director. "It's a great place," he said. "We look forward to many more years of stability and hope to bring joy and inspiration to lots more people." To find out more about the Chemainus Theatre Festival and buy tickets, visit

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Events 2012 calendar


Something for April


• 13th: Clubhouse Partay at Mt. Brenton Golf Course. 7:30 p.m.

• Every Tuesday: Music in the

• 14th: Rotary Auction at the

Park at the Waterwheel Park Bandshell. 7 p.m. • Every Wednesday: Chemainus Farmers Market in Waterwheel Park parking lot. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • 1st-2nd: Noises Off at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. • 2nd: The Chemainus Valley Museum Queen's Garden Tea Party at Waterwheel Park. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. •2nd: Open Mic Songwriters Night at Willow Street Café. 7 p.m. • 9th: Shake, Rattle & Roll Gala Benefit at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. 7 p.m. • 12th: 28th Annual Legion Twilight 5km Shuffle, starting at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall. 7 p.m. • 15th-30th: Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. • 17th: The Joy of Music Making (Victoria Conservatory musicians) at St. Michael's Church. 2 p.m. • 23rd: Summerfest - "Dance, Dance, Dance." Parade, breakfast. Downtown and Waterwheel Park. 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Chemainus Theatre Festival. 5:30 p.m. • 19th-22nd: "Who Dunn It?" A Roaring 20s Musical Comedy at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall. 3 p.m. • 21st: Concenti Choir at Chemainus United Church. 7 p.m. • 21st: St. Joseph's School Annual Garage Sale at St. Joseph's School. 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. • 27th-29th: Noises Off at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. • 28th: Arts and Ethnic Fest at Chemainus Seniors Drop-In Centre. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. • 29th: An Ancient Chinese Interlude (instrumental) at St. Michael's Church. 2 p.m.

May • 2nd-31st: Noises Off at the Chemainus Theatre Festival.

• 5th: Barn Dance at St. Joseph's Elementary School. 6:30 p.m. • 5th: Open Mic Songwriters Night at Willow Street Café. 7 p.m. • 6th: Senior Choir Choral Concert at the Chemainus Seniors Drop-In Centre. 2 p.m. • 11th: Clubhouse Partay at Mt. Brenton Golf Course. 7:30 p.m. • 12th: Victoria Children's Choir at Waterwheel Park Bandshell. 2 p.m. • 27th: Pictures at an Exhibition Michael's Church. (pianist) at St. M ichael ich a s Chu C rch. p.m. 2p .m.

July • Every Tuesday: Music in the Park at the Waterwheel Park Bandshell. 7 p.m. • Every Wednesday: Chemainus Farmers Market in the Waterwheel Park parking lot. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. •To be confirmed: Saltair City Limits Concert Series. Saltair Pub. • 1st: July 1 Canada Day Festival at Waterwheel Park. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• 4th-29th: Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. • 7th: Giant Street Market downtown on Willow Street. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. • 7th: Pancake Breakfast at Royal Canadian Legion Hall. 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. • 7th: Strawberry Tea in the Garden at St. Michael's Church. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. • 8th: Cowichan Challenge Triathlon at Fuller Lake. Race starts at 8 a.m. • 14th: Chemainus Bluegrass Festival at the Waterwheel Park Bandshell. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. • 15th: Chemainus Bluegrass Brunch at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall. 9:30 a.m. Music starts at 10 a.m. • 20th-31st: Animal Tales at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. • 31st: Music in the Park - The Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific - at Waterwheel Park Bandshell. 7 p.m.


•TBA: Accordion Days. •25th: Jazz in the Park. Waterwheel Park.

September • 1st: Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. • 5th and 12th: Wednesday Market in Waterwheel Park parking lot. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • 8th: Open Mic Songwriters Night at Willow Street Café. 7 p.m. • 10th-15th: Global Mural Conference. • 21st-30th: Chickens at the Chemainus Theatre Festival.

October • 3rd-27th: Chickens at the Chemainus Theatre Festival.

• Every Tuesday: Music in the

• 6th: Open Mic Songwriters Night

Park at the Waterwheel Park Bandshell. 7 p.m. • Every Wednesday: Chemainus Farmers Market in Waterwheel Park parking lot. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. •To be confirmed: Saltair City Limits Concert Series. Saltair Pub. • 1st to 31st: Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. • 1st to 25th: Animal Tales participation kidzplay at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. • 4th: Open Mic Songwriters Night at Willow Street Café. 7 p.m.

at Willow Street Café. 7 p.m. • 31st: Wingfield's Folly at the Chemainus Theatre Festival.

November • 1st-17th: Wingfield's Folly at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. • 11th: Remembrance Day at Chemainus Remembrance Park. 10:30 a.m. • 30th: The Gifts of the Magi at the Chemainus Theatre Festival.

December • 1st-30th: The Gifts of the Magi at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. • 1st: Christmas Walking Tour all around downtown. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • 8th: The Christmas Carol Ship. Thetis Island ferry at 6:20 p.m. • To be announced: Chemainus Festival of Trees. • 17th: Chemainus Little Town Christmas at Waterwheel Park.


Year-round fun

Choose your own Your checklist of things to do in Chemainus Pick up an Official Souvenir Mural Map from the Visitor Information Centre on Willow Street and follow the yellow footprints for a self-guided walking tour of the local historythemed murals. Tour the town and hear about the internationally-renowned murals in an old fashioned horse and buggy, trolley or a simulated steam train ride. Take a 40-minute historical walking tour with “Isabel Askew,” who was one of the first female settlers in Chemainus and hear all about the murals, the history of Chemainus and the Askews. Wander down Chemainus Road and see the seven original Mill Houses, which date from the late 19th century. Immerse yourself in the culture of our many talented artists. Galleries featuring Native Art, one-of-a-kind pottery, glass blowing, watercolours and oil or acrylic painting will appeal to any taste. Come take part in one of our many special events throughout the year — like our Canada Day festivities, Chemainus Bluegrass Festival and Little Town Christmas Festival. Hike the local trails, including the hidden Echo Heights Forest, Askew Creek Park, Fuller Lake Park, Chemainus Lake and Stocking Creek Park. Kayak or canoe the peaceful coastline of Stuart Channel — remember to keep your eyes open for otters and seals playing in the lapping waves. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Kin Beach Park, which offers picnic tables, benches and a children’s play area. Go fishing at Fuller Lake, Chemainus Lake, the Chemainus River and Bare Point. Play a few sets of tennis at Fuller Lake Tennis courts.

Cool off with a dip in a favourite Chemainus River swimming hole, Fuller Lake or Kin Beach. Visit the Chemainus Valley Museum to learn more about the history of the area. Golf at Mt. Brenton Golf Course. The 18-hole course is open to the public and offers RV parking, a restaurant, lounge, pro shop and practice area. In the summer, relax and listen to the daily live performances in the open-air bandshell in Waterwheel Park. Indulge your sweet tooth visiting the quality confectioners on Willow Street. You will find a selection of imported treats at Britsh Allsorts and an old-fashioned candy store selling candy you remember from your childhood. Take a BC Ferry to Thetis Island and spend the day cycling around the Island. Ornithologists (bird watchers) will be kept busy spotting a variety of feathered friends ranging from tiny Rufous hummingbirds — which weigh less than a dime — to bald eagles nesting in old-growth tree tops in Askew Park. Wander the summer open-air markets, where you will find a myriad of local art, crafts, local farm produce and home-baked and canned goods. Experience the Chemainus Theatre Festival and take in one of the live feature productions or one of the unique children’s shows. Don’t forget to book your lunch or dinner at the Playbill Dining Room. Shop until you drop — everywhere from unique gift shops to bookstores and fashionable clothing boutiques. Experience the charm of quaint restaurants, ice cream parlours, coffee bars, pubs, tea houses and corner cafés. From fish and chips to international cuisine and more.

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The Finest Goldsmith

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Economical Quality Jewellery and Repairs

The Olde Gold Shoppe

Open: Tues.-Sat. 10-6

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The Book Nook 2858 Oak St. Haida-Way Restaurant 9320 Trans Canada Highway Muffin Mill 9764 Willow St. Saltair Pub 10519 Knight Rd. Twisted Sisters Tea Room 9885 Maple St. Horseshoe Bay Pub 9576 Chemainus Rd.

Rooms with a View

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

Holiday House Motel

9790 Willow St,

toll-free reservations 1-888-310-2299 office reservations 250-618-5830 540 Esplanade (Trans Canada Hwy)


in the Heart of Chemanius, BC

Staying over

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taying over in Chemainus? There are plenty of accommodations to choose from — and there's something unique about each one of them. If you would rather stay in a hotel, visit the Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn, which is pet-friendly and just a short walk from Chemainus's downtown area. The hotel features a pool, fitness facility, kitchenettes, high-speed wireless Internet, free parking and in-house massage facilities, along with a complimentary continental breakfast. The hotel, which opened in 2005, has a 4 Green Key Eco-rating from the Hotel Association of Canada. To find out about all the cottages, camping options, RV parks, holiday homes and motels in and around Chemainus, visit www. You can also drop into the Visitors Information Centre across from Waterwheel Park, where they not only have a list of local accommodations, but they also have an "accommodation room," where you can peruse through all the accommodation informatittion ion onn aand nd uuse se tthe he ppho phone hone ho ne tto o se see ee ifi rroo rooms ooms oo ms aare ree aavailable. vailililab va abblee.

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An advantage that lasts a lifetime! • Christian-values • French (K-7) • athletics • preschool

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Chemainus Rotary The Chemainus Rotary Club meets at the Mount Brenton Golf Club Wednesday Evenings For info call 250-246-5433 or 250-246-1908 23



B&B Guide


local bed and breakfast can give you the chance to experience the Cowichan Valley on a completely different level. Dotted throughout the region, each bed and breakfast offers a different experience. Whether you are looking for seclusion and quiet in the woods or a stunning view of the ocean, our full complement of accommodations is enough to keep you entertained and relaxed for many visits to come.

Beachside Garden B&B Ocean front • Walk on beach • Exquisite gardens g

250-924-4486 3788 Fearn Way, Ladysmith Website: Email:

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Castle Cove Inn

ABENDRUH VACATION HOME “An indulgence in peace and serenity”

A lovely place for making memories that will last a lifetime.

•On the Ocean •1 mile north of Chemainus • Private • Dinner Theatre, Restaurants, Gift Shops and Chemainus’ Famous Murals 10121 Chemainus Rd., Chemainus, B.C. 250-246-2052

3659 Seaview Crescent, Ladysmith, British Columbia John and Christa Stegemann would like to welcome you! Phone: 250-245-2016 or

Hawley Place Bed and Breakfast

Chemainus Tudor Inn You deserve to be spoiled. Come experience our hospitality 10050 Panorama Ridge Road Chemainus, BC 1-877-246-2393 250-246-2393

The Perfect Getaway

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

Your Home for Marine Life Viewing in the Spectacular Gulf Islands

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120 Clam Bay Rd Thetis Island

10621 Chemainus Rd Ladysmith, BC



Visit Crofton for its charm T

his quaint village has an interesting past dating back to the 19th century. The original townsite of Osborne Bay was homesteaded by a small number of families in the mid-1800s. Timber and farming were the main economic areas. 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. A large pulp mill was built in 1956. Nowadays, visit Crofton for its village charm, breathtaking views and fantastic recreation. While visiting, enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing, or peruse the town on foot and pop into the charming shops.

What to do • Visit the Old School House Museum. This one-room school was built in 1905, and it 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. • 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 Orcas. • Take a scenic walk long the boardwalk, which begins at the lower parking lot at the Crofton Small Craft Harbour behind the museum. • Visit Crofton Pool. Call 250-746-POOL for swim times or lessons at this outdoor pool. • Spend time outdoors and hike in Maple Mountain Centennial Park, Mt. Richards and Mt. Prevost. • Fish at some of the neighbouring water holes, like Quamichan Lake, Somenos Lake and Fuller Lake. Those who prefer fishing in saltwater would be well-served to visit the Sansum Narrows, between Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island.

Getting here Visitors in Chemainus will find it is a quick drive to Crofton. It is accessible from Chemainus and from the Trans Canada Highway. Crofton is located off the Trans Canada Highway on the southeast coast of Vancouver Island, eight kilometres north of Maple Bay and 11 kilometres south of Chemainus. The village can be reached by taking the scenic drive down Chemainus Road to Crofton Road, which turns into Chaplin Street. Crofton is the gateway to Salt Spring Island, a popular destination known for its local arts. The ferry terminal is located in Crofton, and Salt Spring Island is only a 20-minute ride away.

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Fuller Lake Park a fun day at the beach this summer Beach Volleyball, Picnic Area Opens June 29- Aug 26, 2012



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Thetis Island

Explore all Thetis has to offer


trip to Thetis Island means a warm, Mediterranean-like climate, friendly people and and many outdoor recreational opportunities. Thetis Island is one of the smaller, less-travelled Gulf Islands. It is just a short ferry ride from Chemainus — don't forget to ask the ferry attendant for a map of Thetis Island showing roads, local businesses and attractions.

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

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

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

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Thetis Island — which got its name from HMS Thetis (itself named after Thetis the Neriad, a sea nymph daughter of Zeus), a British 36-gun frigate that was on the Pacific station from 1851 to 1853 and surveyed the area — is a small community of about 350 full-time residents, which expands to between 1,000 and 2,000 during the fine weather seasons. All community services except the school are provided by volunteers. A Mediterranean combination of mild winters and warm, dry summers supports the unique ecosystem of Thetis Island and provides an ideal environment for outdoor recreation. Come discover delightful rural scenes, beautiful shorelines, crystal-clear waters and wonderful views. Thetis is especially popular in the summertime, when you can take advantage of diverse recreational opportunities including scuba diving, fishing, swimming, sailing, cruising. kayaking, bird watching and hiking. Local arts and crafts, seasonal produce, preserves and more are featured during the summer market, held Sunday mornings at Telegraph Harbour Marina. The island also has a number of artists, gift shops and a nursery. While visiting the island, stroll the docks at Telegraph Harbour Marina, explore their gift shop and enjoy lunch at the bistro or their vintage soda fountain. Boat moorage is available at two marinas in Telegraph Harbour. You can buy groceries at both marinas and find a liquor outlet, post office and bank machine on the island. Planning to stay over? Be sure to book accommodation in advance at one of the island's many B&Bs, as space is limited, and there are no campgrounds. For more on Thetis Island, visit

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