A brief history and timeline of Chemainus Valley's story
Occasionally, museum happenings are recorded in the local papers, especially the Chemainus Valley Courier!
There is usually a story behind historic photographs. The Courier shares our history whenever they can. If you missed it there, you can find it here!
We are trying to catalog all the houses in the area and are asking for help from residents, past and present!
We always have items in our gift shop. Hand crafted or books published with history in mind. Need a cookbook? We have one!
We are always looking for Volunteers and members. Be a part of history and come join us.
Starting November 1st, 2020 until mid-December, we will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 to 3. Come see our mill whistle and hear what it sounded like! Come purchase some great gifts. Come step back in time!
"shooting a movie on the sly":
"BC road trip time machine": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_vzliLaZOg&t=24s
"the Best seat on the Planet" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBp1MT3qIMU&t=32s
For the rest of October, the museum's hours will be Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 until 3. Social distancing practices and one-way flow through the museum will be in place to allow safety to the public and our volunteers.
Come see our new look on our historic site.
The museum is asking for your stories during Covid19. Did you travel and had to come back early? Stuck in an airport? Self-isolation - how are you keeping busy? How are you doing? How is the family?
Funny stories, sad stories, frustrating stories and heart-felt stories - we are looking for your stories and any pictures you would be willing to share.
You can messenger us,
mail us a letter (Chemainus Valley Museum, P.O. Box 172, Chemainus V0R 1K0), or
send us an email email@example.com , Subject: attention: Covid-19 Chemainus stories
Come meet our people and see our wonderful collection.
9799 Waterwheel Crescent, Chemainus, British Columbia, Canada V0R 1K0
10:00 a.m. – 03:00 p.m.
Hours vary by the season so check for updated openings monthly.
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
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.
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.
To promote and sponsor research and knowledge about, and to publish, record, restore, preserve and maintain interest in: information, data, records, cairns, plaques, buildings, sites, boundaries and locations of, or pertaining to, the history of the Chemainus Valley and its geographical historical boundaries.
October: Fridays to Sundays
November and until December 14th 10-3, Saturdays and Sundays
Closed December 14th until March 1st, 2021
If you have a passion for local history, and you love to talk to people, come be a volunteer!
Can you find your family members?