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


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


Come be inspired

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

Indigenous tradistionl

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

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

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

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Donations gladly accepted

Local traditional indigenous method of cedar bark weaving


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.


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.

Step Back in Time

Looking down from where Museum now sits.

(from the collection of Joan Allester, Chemainus)

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)


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.

Special Event!
Put June 21, 2019 on your calendar. Aboriginal Day is happening at the WaterWheel Park in Chemainus.

Collaborating with the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society (, the museum is hosting a traditional native carver.

The combined events start at 12 noon and go until 5:30 in the beautiful downtown Chemainus.