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.
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.
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.
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