Welcome to the Shawnigan Lake Museum

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

Our Vision:   To share the passion for Shawnigan Lake — past, present and future.

Visit us in
Shawnigan Lake Village

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

• Check out our onlineShawnigan Gift Shop

Hours of Operation
reopening information
here soon.

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' 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. He 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

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