Typhoid Fever struck Chemainus in 1899. Within a week, the disease had struck down many, some resulting in death.
The epidemic soon abated, but the memory of the horror was still fresh. Sept. 13, 1899, Chemainus residents put forth a motion for the building of a hospital.
The hospital was built by general subscription with the land donated by the Victoria Lumber Company.
The Chemainus Valley Museum contains many interesting displays and stories about the area’s rich history.
The museum is located at 9799 Waterwheel Cres. in downtown Chemainus. It’s open seven days a week during November from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.