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Shawnigan Lake Museum

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Shawnigan Lake

The Big Stories in this Little Museum will surprise you

Shawnigan Lake


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Shawnigan Lake Museum

The Shawnigan Lake Museum may look small from the outside, but inside the story is big! The museum is a great destination for visitors to Shawnigan Lake, and a place where the community can come to connect and reconnect with their past.

With a 5 star rating on Trip Advisor; Google and Facebook it’s easy to let the others do the talking–here is a recent review: Shawnigan Lake Museum is an unqualified 5/5 visitor experience. I’ve visited many museums large and small throughout my career in heritage preservation, so I have perspective and understanding of the challenges that museums face. These days we are constantly told that things are being “curated” for us, often without merit, but this place actually is curated in keeping with the original and correct meaning of the word. Quality artifacts are beautifully displayed and the personalized guidance is exceptional…

The Shawnigan Lake Historical Society was incorporated in 1977. The purpose of the society was to open a museum. To that end, they immediately started collecting. The museum opened, in 1983, in the original Shawnigan Lake Fire Hall.

Shawnigan Lake has a surprising history of people, places and events. Drop in for extensive information on the spectacular Kinsol Trestle; renowned Canadian artist EJ Hughes; the true Canadian Last Spike, and many other significant stories from the history of the area.

The museum offers programming for school field trips; pro-d workshops for teachers; community programming/events; guided tours to the Kinsol Trestle and more. There is also a small but well stocked gift shop.

Museum staff and Volunteers enthusiastically share their passion for Shawnigan Lake – past, present and future – with every visitor. The unique style of interpretation, delivered for every visitor, is what distinguishes the Shawnigan Lake Museum from other museums. Our Guarantee: We will surprise you!

Highlights Include

  • KInsol Trestle – enrich your visit by stopping at the museum
  • Unique gallery for Canadian artist, EJ Hughes
  • Informal info centre for the area
  • Well stocked gift shop


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