Welcome to The Shawnigan Lake Museum


in the Museum Theatre
Thursday, October 12th - 7:00pm (date changed from Sept 28th),

We have Jim Ward scheduled to speak about his extensive research on EARLY LANDOWNERS in the area (South Cowichan Valley). He has created a map showing the first landowners in part of the south end of the Cowichan Valley. This includes the northern part of Shawnigan Lake. He has subsequently researched more of the lake area and the focus of his presentation will be on his research in Shawnigan. If you are interested in attending, please confirm. As you know, our theatre seating is limited. We have booked two talks because the subject is so interesting and we know that it will be a popular topic.

Please RSVP asap to reserve your seat.     Please note that this talk is by Donation (suggested $5 minimum).    Light refreshments following.


  • Our friendly guides will enhance your visit by providing interesting anecdotes and details about the many 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.

Shawnigan Lake Museum

In the heart of Shawnigan Lake Village

1775 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road  Shawnigan Lake, BC  V0R 2W0

Open 10:30 - 4:00  Friday, Saturday & Sunday 
Admission by donation

Phone: 250-743-8675
For Personalized or Group Tours
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. 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

The Shawnigan Lake Museum
1775 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road , Shawnigan Lake, BC Canada V0R 2W0
Phone: 250-743-8675
Email: info@shawniganlakemuseum.com