Museum Closure

In light of the COVID-19 crisis the Shawnigan Lake Museum will be closed until further notice. The decision to close was not taken lightly and is based on the latest information being released by regional, provincial and federal public health authorities. We feel this is the best way to protect the health and well-being of our community. We will continue to evaluate the situation and respond accordingly, and will update you as the situation changes. 

We know that seniors are at high risk of serious illness due to COVID-19 and want to ensure the safety of our community, volunteers and visitors. Being socially responsible, we want to do our part to help promote ‘social distancing’ to prevent the spread of this virus. As this is a fluid situation, we will remain closed until we receive further notice that it is safe to re-open the Museum.

Please go to for the most updated information about the closure and the re-opening of the Museum and/or Follow us on Facebook. We will continue to monitor emails and phone messages. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 250-743-8675 or email  

Take care and stay healthy…we look forward to seeing you again very soon.  

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

All things Shawnigan Gift Shop

Hours of Operation

Closed until further notice


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