Join us for the next 2 Virtual Book Talks
August 26 at 7 pm Everybody Talks About the Weather
September 30 at 7 PM
Alice Ravenhill a Shawnigan Leader
To register, email [email protected]
What visitors say...
Absolutely amazed at the diversity of displays! A fabulous layout of artifacts. - Barb & John
It's taken us 10 minutes to think of a a comment because we liked so many things! - Rob & Sarah
Excellent displays. Great tour guide. - Shirley
Amazing exhibits and nice people - Curtis
This is such a cool place - Zoey
We're ready to see you again!
Open 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday - Sunday
What we're asking our visitors:
- Wear a mask during your visit to the museum.
- Sign the guest book.
- Use the hand sanitizer available in the museum.
- Maintain physical distance - 2 metres away from others.
- Please don't come to the Museum if you have:
—Any flu or cold like symptoms, or if you are feeling sick
—Been in close contact with someone who has tested
positive for COVID-19
To keep you safe, we :
- Encourage physical distancing with signage, spacing stickers and route markers.
- Provide access to hand sanitizer. Increasing cleaning and disinfecting throughout the facility
- Keep the washroom closed to visitors.
We appreciate your support!
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' 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 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.
THE LAST SPIKE
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).
Admission by donation
• 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
• 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
• take Shawnigan-Mill Bay
Road turn off
• travel 5 minutes west
to Shawnigan Lake
Coming by transit bus:
• click here for directions