Open 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday - Sunday
The Museum will be closed
Thursday, November 11th

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

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

• 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
   Thursday - Sunday


• 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