Shawnigan Lake BC Painting

 Used with permission:   EJ Hughes — " Old Baldy Mountain, Shawnigan Lake"  

Welcome to the Shawnigan Lake Museum 

Our Mission:  Sharing the passion for Shawnigan Lake — past, present and future.

Our Vision:  To connect community and visitors with the Shawnigan Lake Experience.

Visit us for a special one of a kind experience...

  • Our friendly guides will enhance your visit by providing interesting anecdotes and details about the many Shawnigan Lake artifacts and exhibits on display.
  • Touch Screen Check out over 5000 photos on our 55" touch screen
  • Interactive displays and amazing artifacts that reflect the history of Shawnigan Lake.
  • Watch historical slide shows on the 8 foot screen from the plush seats of the surround-sound old time theatre. 
  • EJ Hughes: Enrich your knowledge of this famous local artist by visiting our special gallery. 
  • Kinsol Trestle: Learn everything you wanted to know about this marvel at our authentic 3 foot and 10 foot models.
  • You will be awed by this jewel of the Cowichan Valley. 

Shawnigan Lake Museum

1775 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road  Shawnigan Lake, BC  V0R 2W0
Phone: 250-743-8675

In the heart of the Shawnigan LakeVillage

Current hours: 10:30 - 4:00  Friday, Saturday & Sunday 

Admission by donation

Phone: 250-743-8675
•for more information
•to book a group tour
•to inquire about school programming

Summer 2018

Museum Assistant Positions

Two positions available:
Some flexibility for start/end dates
click here for details



EJ Hughes


E.J. Hughes lived at Shawnigan Lake for over twenty years until he found it too busy and noisy (circa 1970) and moved to Cobble Hill. Hughes’s last studio, in a modest house in Duncan, was a spare bedroom, with a table and easel set close to a single north window. He painted there, in the afternoon, six days a week. Sunday was his day off.  

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The Kinsol Trestle


Your source of information for the Kinsol Trestle at Shawnigan Lake.  Stop by the Museum on your way to/from the Kinsol Trestle. We have two scale models: one 3 foot and one 10 foot!  There are also historical and a time lapse restoration video of the Trestle for your enjoyment.

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The Last Spike was  ceremoniously placed by Sir John A.Macdonald in 1886, at Cliffside, Sir John used a silver hammer and pounded a gold spike. In 1883, the British Columbia Government appealed to Robert Dunsmuir to build a railway. The 72 miles of track, which was laid starting from Esquimalt and Nanaimo met at Mile 25 (Cliffside, Shawnigan Lake).

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What to Find at the Museum

Contact The Museum 
Provided by The Shawnigan Lake Historical Society

Shawnigan Lake Museum
1775 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road , Shawnigan Lake, BC Canada V0R 2W0
Phone: 250-743-8675
We acknowledge the financial support of the Prov of BC