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Local traditional indigenous method of cedar bark weaving

Step Back in Time


Looking down from where Museum now sits.

(from the collection of Joan Allester, Chemainus)

Local fiber artist and museum volunteer, Val Galvin, demonstrating the classic method of rug hooking

Local retired millworker and museum volunteer, Dick Stanton, at the Macmillan Sawmill display with our iconic mill whistle

​( Photo by Don Bodger, Chemainus Valley Courier)


A Day at the Chemainus Valley Museum; Revamped displays and roomier headquarters bring local history alive like never before

see more great photos of the new look in the Chemainus Courier!

printed in the Chemainus Courier Mar. 11, 2019 9:00 a.m.


Dick Stanton at the Chemainus sawmill time-clock in the Chemainus Valley Museum. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Indigenous tradistionl

Local fiber artist and museum volunteer, Val Galvin, demonstrating the classic method of rug hooking

Rich in the history and beauty, Chemainus is located on the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The town's roots are strongly linked with the 1850's early pioneers and the timber industry. But now, it is better known for the many Murals found painted on the walls around town displaying the history of Chemainus.

The Chemainus Valley Museum is operated by the Chemainus Valley Historical Society, a non-profit organization. The Museum is located in the beautiful Water Wheel Park, found in the centre of town. Off to the side of the Museum is a wonderful observation point which overlooks the site of the first and present sawmill. Looking out, you can see the large ships, log booms and busy harbour framed by the beautiful Gulf Islands.

Our 2019 Summer Season has us open daily from 9-4!

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Come be inspired

Our front window display is decorated constantly by our amazing volunteers.

Come volunteer at the Chemainus Valley Museum and you can be AMAZING too!

And starting June 12th, 2019 we will have a three prize raffle to be drawn December 12, 2019. A braided rug from local "Renditions in Rags", a locally made twin-size quilt and a collection of antique tins. First-prize winner gets first choice of prizes, second-prize gets second choice. Tickets are $2.00 each