The Kinsol Trestle

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 restoration videos of the Trestle for your enjoyment.
Click here for article by Dirk Meissner


Abandoned, Then Embraced: The Kinsol Trestle

Designed for the Virtual Museum of Canada

This project, co-authored by Lori Treloar, Shawnigan Lake Musuem Curator & Kathryn Gagnon, Cowichan Valley Musem Curator, takes the visitor on a voyage through the history of the Kinsol Trestle. From its beginnings before WWI to the restoration in 2010-11, the Trestle's history is presented in stories, photos, interviews and video.

Click here to see time lapse of Kinsol Trestle Restoration

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. 

Visit our special pocket EJ Hughes gallery containing numerous original drawings and a variety of Mr Hughes' working tools and equipment.
Watch the opening of the T Garth Harvey Gallery, featuring EJ Hughes, dedicated to Pat Salmon.

Also check out our Hughes' Views Geocache Site. This cache is a series of coordinates based on E. J. Hughes  paintings.  Each destination provides a view that Hughes saw and subsequently painted.
More about EJ Hughes

The Last Spike

In 1883, the British Columbia Government appealed to Robert Dunsmuir to build a railway between Esquimalt and Nanaimo. In return, Dunsmuir received a substantial amount of money and a land grant that amounted to 20% of the land on Vancouver Island. The project took 3 ½ years. The 72 miles of track, which was laid starting from both ends, met at Mile 25 (Cliffside, Shawnigan Lake). In 1886, the inaugural train left Esquimalt with Robert Dunsmuir, Sir John A. MacDonald, their wives and other dignitaries. At Cliffside, Sir John ceremoniously placed the last spike. He used a silver hammer and pounded a gold spike. A cairn was built at the site to commemorate the event.  In 1986, the 100th anniversary of the E & N was celebrated with a second plaque. The original cairn and two plaques can be seen after a short hike north along the rails from Cliffside Road.