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Chemainus, Theatre & Performing Arts
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Within an hour of downtown Victoria, I can be strolling around the small town of Chemainus and while probably best known for being the world’s largest outdoor gallery, I discovered it has a whole lot more in the works this summer. This year marks the town’s 25th anniversary since its first mural was painted and there are several activities going on to celebrate.
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Beyond meandering through town to view the 38 murals while enjoying my favourite ice cream, I can hit the Wednesday night market where a great selection of local crafts and produce can be found. Waterwheel Park is a great place to hang out at any time of day! (By the way, for those directionally challenged (that’d be me), it is comforting to know painted footprints help direct people through the self-guided mural tour plus you can pick up a map at the Visitor Centre).
The Chemainus Festival Theatre is running “Murder on the Nile” and “Anything Goes” as well as shows for kids such as Munschworx. I love this theatre because while it continually produces quality, professional performances, its small size creates an intimate atmosphere with every seat seemingly the best in the house. A bonus this year is the free outdoor performances until early September called, “The Chemainus Revue” that depict the history of the town. There is always something going on in Chemainus this summer!