• Temporarily closed due
   to Covid restrictions


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


• 1775 Shawnigan-Mill  
   Bay Rd
   Shawnigan Lake, BC

How to get here?

Coming from the south:
• travel north on Hwy 1 to
   Mill Bay
• turn left at Shawnigan-   
   Mill Bay Road (2nd light)
• travel 5 minutes west to
   Shawnigan Lake Village

Coming from the north:
• travel south on Hwy 1 to
   Mill Bay
• take Shawnigan-Mill Bay 
   Road turn off
• travel 5 minutes west
   to Shawnigan Lake

Coming by transit bus:
• click here for directions

Admission by donation

The Museum is currently closed
due to Covid restrictions,
but we continue
to work behind the scenes. 
We are responding
to phone calls
and email messages.
The reopening date is
yet to be determined,
depending on
public health restrictions.

Click here for detailed information about how the
Museum is dealing with the Covid restrictions

To register for talks: email [email protected]


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 GO TO SOURCE for information about the Kinsol Trestle at Shawnigan Lake.  Stop by the Museum on your way to/from the Kinsol Trestle to learn it's history. 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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I love history at its core.

What to Find at the Museum


Provided by The Shawnigan Lake Historical Society
Contact The Shawnigan Lake Museum

Box 331 - 1775 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road , Shawnigan Lake, BC Canada V0R 2W0

Phone: 250-743-8675

Email: [email protected]