Follow the painted footsteps along the quaint town street to trace the area history through themed murals on the sides of many buildings. Pick up a Murals walking tour guide at the museum at the Waterwheel Park or the Tourist Info Centre.

Don’t miss old-town, where the lovely seaside village meets the ocean, and where you can find A Scented Garden! Walk out to bird Rock off Kin Beach at low tide, or have a picnic there, where the sunken 747 jumbo jet rests just off the shore. Also at low tide, the pristine beaches offer up sand dollars, crabs, moon shells and starfish clinging to rocks. This is also a favourite divers’ location. Deep sea diving is a popular winter activity here. Watch out for giant Pacific Octopus and wolf eels. Diving at Chemainus is famous as both a summer and winter sport.

Visit an organic, natural spa just 2 blocks up the street. Flowering Tree Spa on Oak Street offers saunas, wraps, massages, facials and packages. Their prices are great, starting at $32. Call for an appointment at 250-246-4977. (floweringtree.ca)

Golf at the local golf course, Mount Brenton, which can be viewed from our B&B. There is a restaurant there, open all year. (250-246-9322)

Fuller Lake is just south of Henry Rd along the highway. Great for small rowing boats, fishing and swimming. Kayaks are rented here in summer, and the grounds are great for a picnic in rustic surroundings. This is a stocked lake with boat rentals for the avid fishing guests!Visit Thetis Island by ferry right out of Chemainus. Peaceful, with a small population dedicated to conservation and natural pursuits, Thetis is great for bicycles and makes for a lovely afternoon.

Festivals including fiddle music, antique car shows, craft markets and art in the park keep this little town hopping.