Welcome to the Shawnigan Lake Museum

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We are asking the community to help raise funds for the museum expansion. We need your help. Every donation counts.


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  • Our Mission

    Sharing the passion for Shawnigan Lake — past, present and future.

  • Our Vision

    To connect community and visitors with the Shawnigan Lake Experience.

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  • Barb & John

    Absolutely amazed at the diversity of displays! A fabulous layout of artifacts. 

  • Rob & Sarah

    It's taken us 10 minutes to think of a a comment because we liked so many things!

  • Shirley

    Excellent displays. Great tour guide.

  • Curtis & Zoey

    Amazing exhibits and nice people. This is such a cool place!

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Our Gallery

  • E.J. Hughes Gallery

    E.J. 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.

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  • The Last Spike

    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 the south at Esquimalt and from the north at Nanaimo, met at Mile 25 (Cliffside, Shawnigan Lake).

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  • Kinsol Trestle

    Kinsol Trestle

    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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