Shawnigan Lake Cigarmaker's Bay Painting by Russell Treloar

Shawnigan Lake Historical Society

The Shawnigan Lake Historical Society, a not-for-profit and registered charity, was incorporated in 1977. The sole purpose of the Society was to establish a Museum. Members and volunteers immediately started to collect artifacts, photos and Archival records from the Community. The Museum opened soon after in a waterfront shed on Shawnigan Lake, but moved a few more times before finding a permanent home. In 1983, the Society took over the redundant Firehall in Shawnigan Village and has operated a Museum continuously in the same building since.

The Society is governed by a Board of Directors. Day-to-day operations are managed by a full time Executive Director, a part-time administrator, volunteers and seasonal staff. The Museum is currently a member of the BC Museums Association; Heritage
BC; the BC Historical Federation and the Chamber of Commerce

The Museum may look small from the outside, but inside the story is big. Shawnigan Lake has a rich history of people, places and events. The Museum has become a go-to in Shawnigan Lake where people come to reconnect with their past. Staff and Volunteers share their passion for Shawnigan Lake - past, present and future - with every visitor. Our Guarantee: We will surprise you!

The Museum is bursting at its seams. After
almost 40 years in the building, the Society is in the process of expanding and
enhancing the existing Museum facility to improve the visitor experience, to
increase community programming and for future sustainability. To date, $2.1 million has been raised through grants and private donations.

Timeline planning indicates breaking ground in September 2022.