About our School Programs

Each program follows the Big Ideas and Content Expectations from the revised BC Curriculum.

• Day in the Life of a Pioneer Family
• First Peoples
• Storywalks
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• Kinsol Trestle
• First Peoples
• Day in the Life
• Storywalks
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Comments from Teachers:

"Absolutely is worthwhile and I'd recommend to others without hesitation."

"It was lovely that the kids could touch and feel all the items..." K-1 Teacher

"It was great to have students learning about their own community in their community." Gr 6-7 Teacher

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People of Shawnigan Lake

The first known visitors to Shawnigan Lake hunted and fished near the lake and held special gatherings in the area. Arrowheads and small Native artifacts have been found around the lake providing material evidence of their activity in the area. The East Shawnigan Lake Road, which was part of the Goldstream Trail (built in 1862), is based on a much older Native trading route.

Late in the 19th century, homesteaders were encouraged by the Government to settle in the Cowichan Valley. Only a few hardy settlers made their way toward Shawnigan Lake. Then, in 1885, a year before the E & N rail line was complete, Charlie Morton built a hotel on the waterfront at Shawnigan Lake.

The E & N rail line was instrumental in the development of the community of Shawnigan Lake. By 1890, a sawmill on the lakeshore, and logging operations around the lake attracted workers from India, China, Japan and other countries. Many of these workers had come to British Columbia to build the railroad and, with that done, turned their efforts to sawmilling and logging. The Shawnigan Lake Lumber Company was an integrated company that owned its timber, and the mill which processed it. The E&N Railway was used to transport the dressed lumber to markets.
Read More on the E&N by Lori Treloar