Used with permission:   Russell Treloar — Looking North, Shawnigan Lake

Welcome to the Shawnigan Lake Museum

Stories make memories — Memories make history.

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 in
Shawnigan Lake Village

• Friendly guides
• Interactive displays
• Historical slide shows
• EJ Hughes Gallery
• Kinsol Trestle models

Admission by donation

Hours of Operation

10:30 - 4:00
Wednesday thru Sunday
•for more information
•to book a group tour
•to ask about school programs
Phone: 250-743-8675




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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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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Site Pages

Contact The Museum 
A program of the Shawnigan Lake Historical Society

Shawnigan Lake Museum
Box 331, 1775 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Rd , Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R 2W0
Phone: 250-743-8675
We acknowledge the financial support of the Prov of BC