Welcome to the Shawnigan Lake Museum
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 for a great experience...
- Our friendly guides will enhance your visit by providing interesting anecdotes and details about the many Shawnigan Lake 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.
- You will be awed by this jewel of the Cowichan Valley.
Shawnigan Lake Museum
1775 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R 2W0
In the heart of the Shawnigan LakeVillage
Current hours: 10:30 - 4:00 Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Admission by donation
•for more information
•to book a group tour
•to inquire about school programming
EJ HUGHES GALLERY
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.
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.
THE LAST SPIKE
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).