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Shawnigan Lake is surrounded by forests, lakes, beaches, trails and great camping spots located approximately one half hour north of Victoria on Vancouver Island. A popular bedroom community for summertime travelers, Shawnigan Lake serves up village size services, shops and small businesses, conveniently central to numerous outdoor venues.

Neighboring communities of Cobble Hill and Mill Bay are great day trip experiences to journey between. Both offer wineries, golfing, water sports, hiking and artist studios for viewing.

Population: 4,000

Old Mill Park - historical site of the Shawnigan Lake Lumber Company
Memory Island Provincial Park - accessible by paddle boat or kayak
Summertime Recreation Destination

In the late 1800's, Shawnigan Lake was a Vancouver Island original logging operation. However, due to a fire and loss of the mill in the early 1900's, Shawnigan's economy heavily shifted. Now, it is regarded of a summertime retreat to the well-established and seasonal camper.

There is some disagreement, however, around the origin of the name 'Shawnigan'. Some locals contest that the name was created from a combination of the names, Shaw and Finnegan, who were the first two settlers in the area. The more, prominent argument, is that the name is derived from 'Shawinigan', the Algonquin word for 'portage on the crest'.

Summer average 18 degrees Celsius (peak temperatures of 25+)
Winter average 3 degrees Celsius


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