Shawnigan Lake BC Painting

 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.


Upcoming events

April 6th at 6 pm: Vintage Sign workshop/fundraiser. Join us for a night of fun and creativity at the Malahat Legion. Create your own barn-board sign in a workshop facilitated by Lisa Smith from Shawnigan Vintage Barn. $75 includes all of the materials and a bowl of chili. No host bar. Don't miss out - reserve your spot now. Contact:

April 18th at 7pm: Speaker Series - Jim Ward will speak about his extensive research into pioneer landowners in the Shawnigan area. Jim's presentation is fascinating and he is always willing to look into specific properties! Space is limited. $5 to reserve your seat in advance. $7.50 at the door if space is available. Light refreshments will follow. Contact:

Visit us in the
Shawnigan Lake Village

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

1775 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Rd
Shawnigan Lake, BC
Admission by donation


10:30 - 4:00
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

•for more information
•to book a group tour
•to ask about school programs

Phone: 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 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