Meandering in Chemainus

Fieldpoppy and I spent a pleasant, if rainy, afternoon the other day in Chemainus, BC with Princess Ralphie. After following our noses into the Saltspring Soapworks shop  for some of their fabulously fruity Body Gelato sea salt scrubs (I got Mai Tai, Yay!)…


…we stopped to admire some crocuses (croci?) at the local park…

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…bought some sweeties at the Hansel & Gretel’s Candy Co., …

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…and then made a small dent in the tour of Chemainus’s (Chemaini’s?) 40 famous murals depicting the town’s history.





Chemainus is rightly proud of their murals, and more information on the murals and their artists can be found here:

Every where we went we saw posters for the Buddy Holly Story musical play at the Chemainus Theatre Festival, a big draw on Vancouver Island .


No Buddy Holly for us this trip, but a visit to the theatre is now on the list!

Meandered back to Nanaimo via Cedar where we stopped in for a hearty lunch (is there any other kind?) at the Crow & Gate Pub — the closest thing I’ve seen to an English pub outside of Sussex.


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And, although, unlike England, there were no dogs in the pub, Ralphie enjoyed the drive and just being one of the girls. Have doggie bed will travel. (Don’t worry, she got lots of walks too).

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