The Town of Chemainus lies within the municipality of North Cowichan in the Chemainus Valley on the east coast of southern Vancouver Island.

Founded as an unincorporated logging town in 1858, Chemainus is now famous for its 53 outdoor murals. This outdoor gallery has given birth to many businesses, including a theatre, antique dealers, and eateries. The tourist industry stemming from the murals helped rejuvenate the town after its large sawmill closed in the early 1980s and was replaced by a smaller, more efficient mill. As of 2021, approximately 4,000 people called Chemainus home.

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