Chemainus, BC
We have visited Chemainus, BC located about 30 minutes south of Nanaimo, BC several times this summer. Our trips were work related to start but we ended up finding out that Chemainus (with a population of just over 3,000) is actually a tourist hot spot. Who knew?! Chemainus is home to 40 world famous murals and has the nickname (and website) Then there is the highly rated Chemainus Theatre Festival (which you might not really call a festival because it actually runs all year.) And the historic, scenic and challenging Mount Brenton Golf Course.

Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn
Best Western Chemainus InnThere is also a surprisingly well appointed Best Western Plus to lay your head after a day of golfing and murals and a night of theatre. We have now stayed at the Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn on several occasions.

The staff is very friendly, helpful and pleasant and the rooms are great. Our room of choice is the one bedroom queen suite (which is actually the hotels ‘signature standard room’) and is a great value. It has a full kitchenette, a sitting area and the bed is separated by walls and a sliding door which we really like. There are also two 40-inch flat screen TVs (one in the sitting area and one for the bed area). The wifi is strong and fast and all stays include a breakfast buffet with both cold and hot food selections.

View our full photo set of Chemainus and the Best Westerns Chemainus Inn on Flickr.

Plan a trip to Nanaimo and Chemainus
BC Ferry to NanaimoWe have traveled to Chemainus through Nanaimo by both BC Ferries and Harbour Air float plane and both ways have their advantages. If you have the time the ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo ($100 approx each way for 2 people) is a beautiful one and comes with the possibility of some whale spotting at this time of year. To save about 3 hours but also get a terrific view and a different perspective we also recommend Harbour Air ($79-$99 per person per direction plus rental car).

The Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn offers packages for the Chemainus Theatre, Mount Brenton Golf Course or both. We have also spent some time in downtown Nanaimo. More on that later.


We, Jeff & Tara Ciecko of CK Golf Solutions write two blogs, one is our 19th Hole Blog where we share personal experiences and the other a Biz Blog where we comment on business best practices and give golf industry related opinions. Our 19th hole blog is the places we visit and the things we do because we want to. When we say that we like or dislike something or have a good or bad experience this is our opinion and the truth as we see it. We did not get paid for this blog. We are affiliates of a select few products listed on our resources page. If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact us anytime.