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)


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

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

Always looking for Volunteers

Just look at us now!!!

​Our Autumn Season has us open daily from 10-3 starting September 15th!

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.


Our winter closure will be from December 16th, 2019 to February 28th, 2020.

Summer hours time table change: we're open daily from 10-4, but just until September 14th

Indigenous tradistionl

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.


Step Back in Time

Come be inspired

Local traditional indigenous method of cedar bark weaving

Free ad​mission

Donations gladly accepted

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


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 front window display is decorated constantly by our amazing volunteers.

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

Check out Museum Musings for our entries in our local paper

Read about us on the internet!

Looking down from where Museum now sits.

(from the collection of Joan Allester, Chemainus)

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