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
•for more information
•to book a group tour
•to inquire about school programming
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 250-743-8675.
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. 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).