Welcome to the Shawnigan Lake Museum

Connecting community and visitors with the Shawnigan Lake experience

Visit us for a great experience

  • 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.

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 more information
•to book a group tour
•to inquire about school programming

Shawnigan Lake Museum
Shawnigan Lake Museum Volunteer Program

Would you consider a fun and rewarding opportunity to volunteer in your community? The Shawnigan Lake Museum is looking for candidates interested in committing to at least one four-hour shift per month. There are many ways to get involved: interacting with the public; taking on administration tasks; helping with events; indoor cleaning and/or outdoor maintenance.

Requirements: An interest in Shawnigan’s history and working with people, a desire to work as part of a team, a strong command of the English language and the willingness to commit to regular hours. References and a criminal record check might be required.

Come out and explore your talents in a supportive and engaging environment. Training is supplied. If you are interested, please contact Lori at shawniganlakemuseum@shaw.ca or at 250-743-8675.

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