Chemainus is a charming Cowichan Valley town located in the Vancouver Island region. Chemainus is noted for its creative community – artists and art galleries and performing arts – and the masterful depiction of its culture and history via murals painted on virtually every exterior wall in town. In fact, the aptly nicknamed "Muraltown" has been internationally renowned since the early 1980s thanks to these vivid widescreen depictions of colourful chapters from the town's past: First Nations, forestry, mining, and maritime culture.
Chemainus' bold murals gambit sparked a turnaround for a struggling economy threatened with the closure of its major employer, the Horseshoe Bay lumber mill. Suddenly hundreds of thousands of visitors annually began making this quaint Vancouver Island oceanfront village a must-see on roadtrip itineraries. Today one can tour the 40 plus murals on foot, by trolley car or horse-drawn carriage, or in the classy company of an actress portraying the town's original (European) first lady, Isabel Askew.