Shawnigan Lake Historical Society Announces Major Funding from the Government of Canada

(Shawnigan Lake, BC) - The Shawnigan Lake Historical Society is thrilled to announce that the Government of Canada, through the Legacy Fund - Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program will offer $480,000 in support to the Shawnigan Lake Museum expansion, 'Project Impact’. 

This award celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Historic Kinsol Trestle, which occurred in February 2020. Supported in part by this federal funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage, an enhanced Kinsol Trestle exhibit will be an important part of the overall project.

Project Impact is a capital project to triple the size of the current Museum, which will encourage increased cultural tourism to the region and improve cultural programming for members of Shawnigan Lake and the Cowichan Valley Regional District. 

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“The Museum is a gateway to visitors in the Cowichan Valley region and plays a role in promoting the tourism assets in the South Cowichan area,” says Shawnigan Lake Museum Executive Director Lori Treloar. “This project will not only allow for an improved visitor experience, it will also provide catalysts for new business development in the area, more programming for children and youth, and cultural benefits through community activities and safe gathering spaces. This project will also provide much needed space to display the facility’s unique collections, develop new exhibits, as well as attract new events.”

  • This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada through the Legacy Fund component - Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program, Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du volet Fonds des legs – programme Développement des communautés par le biais des arts et du patrimoine.

  • If you would like more information on the project, how to support the project, or ways to get involved, please contact

    Lori Treloar – Executive Director.