⬅ BACK TO THE MAP

  • Community Information

    Located on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island, Chemainus has long been a popular tourist destination, but it is also a great place to live, play and do business.

    Entertaining, relaxing and tranquil, Chemainus is a favourite destination for family fun and romantic getaways alike. It is an artistic community that boasts a unique mix of gift shops, antique malls, art galleries, boutiques, specialty shops, cafes and restaurants. And many beautiful murals detailing the history of the town.

    The 274 seat Chemainus Theatre, exciting town festivals, local attractions and a wide variety of opportunities for outdoor adventure will make Chemainus your destination of choice when visiting Vancouver Island.

    INDUSTRY:
    Tourism, Arts and Culture


    • Population

      Town Population: 4,100 (BC Stats, 2006 Census)

    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Island Health
      
      Health Service Delivery Area: Central Vancouver Island
      
      Regional District: Cowichan Valley
      
      Rural Designation: RSA community
      
      RRP Designation: D
      
      RRP Points: 5.00
      

    • Practitioners + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 6, + 1 Speciality Practise (www.cpsbc.ca) + 1 Specialist
      
      Clinics
      Chemainus Medical Clinic
      9892 Esplanade
      Chemainus, BC, V0R 1K1
      P: 250 246-3261 | F: 250 246-9144
      
      Chemainus Health Care Centre
      9909 Esplanade St RR 1
      Chemainus, BC V0R 1K1
      P: 250 737-2040
      
      Halalt Health Centre
      8017B Chemainus Road
      Chemainus, BC, V0R 1K5
      P: 250 246-2127 | F: 250 246-9537
      
      Penelakut Health Clinic
      11130 Clam Bay Road
      Chemainus, BC, V0R 1K6
      P: 250 246-9885 | F: 250 246-3426
      

    • Health Centre Info

      Chemainus Health Care Centre
      9909 Esplanade Street
      Chemainus, BC, V0R 1K1
      P: 250 737-2040 ext. 42238 | F: 250 737-2058
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 7:45 am - 3:30 pm. Closed weekends and stat holidays
      http://find.healthlinkbc.ca/search.aspx?d=LC000008
      
      Referral Hospital: Nanaimo
      

    • Emergency Room

      This community does have a limited service Emergency Room which treats minor traumas. Major traumas are stabilized and transferred to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

      Hrs: 7:30 am – 10:30 pm / 7 days a week

      Number of Visits per Year: 4,781 (2009/2010 Statistics: VIHA)

      Travel Distance to the Nearest Hospital: 38 km to Nanaimo

    • Health Centre CAEP and CTAS

      CTAS Level
      CTAS Level I (Resuscitation)
      CTAS Level II (Emergent)
      CTAS Level III (Urgent)
      CTAS Level IV (Less Urgent)
      CTAS Level V (Non Urgent)
      

    • Maternity

      Laurie Untereiner RM
      10376 Victoria Road
      Chemainus, BC, V0R 1K2
      P: 250 246-4083
      

    • Lab services

      Chemainus Health Care Centre Lab
      9909 Esplanade Street
      Chemainus, BC, V0R 1K0
      P: 250 737-2040 | F: 250 737-2059
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 7:45 am - 3:30 pm
      
      In-community
      Penelekut Health Centre
      Box 1428, Clam Bay Road
      Chemainus, BC, V0R 1K0
      P: 250 246-9885 | F: 250 246-3426
      

    • Blood Bank

      There is a blood bank in this community.

    • Imaging services

      X-Ray
      Chemainus Health Care Centre Imaging
      9909 Esplanade Street
      Chemainus, BC, V0R 1K0
      P: 250 737-2040 | F: 250 737-2059
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 7:45 am - 3:30 pm
      
      CT
      There are CT services in this community.
      
      Mammography 
      Mammography services provided by BC Cancer Agency twice a year. See www.bccancer.bc.ca for details.
      

    • BC Ambulance

      BC Ambulance Service provides coverage to this community, including Air Ambulance services

    • Pharmacy

      Chemainus Rexall Drugstore
      Box 99, 9762 Willow Street
      Chemainus, BC, V0R 1K0
      P: 250 246-3821 | F: 250 246-2579
      
      Rexall Drugs #7114
      Unit 1 - 9892 Esplanade Street
      Chemainus, BC, V0R 1K1
      P: 250 246-2151 | F: 250 246-3511
      

    • Extended Care

      Chemainus Health Care Centre (75 beds)
      9909 Esplanade Street
      Chemainus, BC, V0R 1K0
      P: 250 737-2040 | F: 250 737-2058
      

    • Home Nursing

      We Care Duncan
      P: 250 746-9224 | F: 250 715-0703
      

    • Social workers

      Vancouver Island Health Authority
      9909 Esplanade Street
      Chemainus, BC, V0R 1K1
      P: 250 246-3291
      
      In-community
      Anne Morrison
      10026 Beach Drive
      Chemainus, BC, VOR 1K1
      P: 250 324-5521
      

  • Mental Health and Addictions Outreach
    Community Options Society
    200 Cowichan Way
    Duncan, BC, V9L 1V9
    P: 250 737-2029
    
    Kw'umt'lelum Child & Family Services
    544 Center Street
    Nanaimo, BC, V9G 1A6
    P: 250 591-0933 | F: 250 591-0935
    
    Adult Day Services (Home and Community Care) at The Steeples
    9910 Esplanade Street
    Chemainus, BC V0R 1K1
    P: 250 246-1805
    

    • Practice Site Information

      Chemainus Medical Clinic
      Box 300, 9892 Esplanade
      Chemainus, BC, V0R 1K1
      P: 250 246-3261 | F: 250 246-9144
      
      Physician Site Coordinator(s):
      Dr. Murray Archdekin, Dr. Jim Broere
      
      Office Administrator:
      Marilyn Walker
      

    • Training Site Information

      Medical Student Training: Yes
      
      Medical Student: UBC
      
      Family Practice Resident Site: Yes
      
      Medical Resident: UBC
      

    • Students & Residents Perspectives

      On The Community

      Very friendly!! Lots going on for a small community. Vibrant. Lots of outdoor activities. Climate is fantastic. “Great small community, very welcoming, people remember you after seeing you in clinic/emergency. Get to see lots of people from other nearby small communities where there is no emergency or if they are on one of the nearby islands. I honestly didn’t get to do much because of my choice to commute on some days but it’s a beautiful area to explore”

      On The Experience

      Fantastic opportunities to be independent and gain confidence. Docs very friendly and happy to teach. You are given freedom to work ER on your own with the Doc backing you only if you need it. Lots of procedures like lumps and bump removal and all ER procedures. High volume practice with a lot of interesting presentations. Office staff fantastic. Very organized and efficiently run practice.

      Challenges

      None. “No Obs if you’re interested in it.”

    • Patient Load

      Practice per Day: 25-30

    • Office Set-up

      There are usually two separate rooms for the resident to see patients.
      
      Technology:
      Electronic Medical Records
      

    • Educational Opportunities

      Hospital Rounds:

      Yes. You will see patients in Duncan hospital for rounds in the morning, but usually only 1-2 patients and quite quick