At a young age, Strand started off doing stunts on Look Who’s Talking Now with her twin sister, Michelle. Strand began working on many projects including The Outer Limits, The Commish, and Air Bud throughout her elementary and high school years. In 2010, Chantal graduated from Capilano University with an Associate of Arts degree and then transferred to the University of British Columbia, graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Strand attended the 2002 Leo Awards when she was nominated for Best Supporting Performance in a Feature Length Drama. In June 2002, she received honours for contributing to the Emmy award-winning program The New Adventures of Madeline, going on to play the title character in two feature films.