Join us for the next 2 Virtual Book Talks 

August 26 at 7 pm  Everybody Talks About the Weather
                     (Shawnigan Lake)

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

Covid Information

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!


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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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
   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

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]