Chemainus is known for the bold epic murals that decorate its townscape, as well as for its beautifully restored Victorian homes. Once dependent on the lumber industry, the small community began to revitalize itself in the early 1980s when its mill closed down. Since then the town has brought in international artists to paint more than 40 murals depicting local historical events around town. Footprints on the sidewalk lead you on a self-guided tour of the murals. Tours by horse and carriage, replica-train rides, free outdoor concerts, a weekly night market, and plenty of B&Bs, cafés, and crafts shops all help pass the time here. Catch, if you can, a show at the Chemainus Theatre Festival, which offers several professional musical and dramatic productions between March and December. The Chemainus Visitor Information Centre (www.chemainus.bc.ca) has details.
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