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Masons Beach Shawnigan Lake

Masons Beach

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Activity:
Beach, Swimming
Difficulty:
Easy
Location:
Shawnigan Lake
Time:
15 min - Half a Day
Distance:
0.1 km

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Masons Beach - A Freshwater Beach on Shawnigan Lake

Where to this weekend, Vancouver Island: Masons Beach on Shawnigan Lake

Public beach access is not widely available, but Masons Beach park is an excellent place to visit for those looking for a day-use location. The small beach offers shallow and warm water with a gradual drop-off that is perfect for kids to play. In addition, there is a picnic spot with a gazebo, grass picnic area and sand beach.

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Shawnigan Lake is a popular place to live and vacation. With its rugged beauty, it’s one of the few freshwater lakes in the area. Summertime offers boating and fishing on the 7 km long lake as well as swimming and sunbathing on its shores.

If you are looking for a public sand beach, Masons Beach on Shawnigan Laks might be your best option.

Parking: Parking for Masons Beach Park is available across the street

Food: Corner store and restaurant right across the street and there is a pizza restaurant just down the road.

Facilities: Outhouses are at the Masons Beach Park during the summer months.

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Frequently Asked Questions

IS THE BEACH DOG FRIENDLY?
Dogs should be on leash at all times.
WHAT ARE THE BEACH HOURS?
Open every day dawn to dusk.
ARE THERE WASHROOMS?
There is an outhouse during the summer months.

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Parking is limited for Masons Beach Park. You can find a few spots across the street at Masons store, convenient if you are looking to make a slushie run.

The beach is small, and if you are looking for a place to take kids to play in the sand or have a quick swim, it is a lovely spot to enjoy the freshwater of Shawnigan lake.

"Love this place! Super shallow sandy and small rock bottom. Great for mini-adults. It also has shade! No change rooms, but there are two outhouses that are cleaned regularly. Corner store with Slurpee machine right across the street."

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FAQ:

IS THE BEACH DOG FRIENDLY?
Dogs should be on leash at all times.
WHAT ARE THE BEACH HOURS?
Open every day dawn to dusk.
ARE THERE WASHROOMS?
There is an outhouse during the summer months.

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Modified: November 28, 2023
Last Visit: April 3, 2023

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