This week's Feature Friday is the beloved Shawnigan Lake Museum. Lori Treloar is the Curator and Manager. As a lifelong educator, Lori is delighted to put her skills, creativity and love for history to work at the Shawnigan Lake Museum.
The Shawnigan Lake Historical Society is a not-for-profit, charitable organization established in 1977, by volunteers, to protect and promote the history of Shawnigan Lake and surrounding area. When the new Shawnigan Firehall was built, the society opened the Shawnigan Lake Museum (1983) in the old Firehall, which makes it one of the longest continuously operating entities in the Village.
In addition to being an educational resource centre, the museum is an attraction that draws people to the area: Heritage and tourism go hand in hand. Research shows that Heritage Tourism is an integral part of successful tourism and therefore contributes greatly to the economic benefits of an area. The Shawnigan Lake Museum is at the gateway to the Cowichan Valley and attracts people from far and wide. Our visitor book indicates that, at this point, 29% of our visitors are from the Shawnigan area; 40% are from the Cowichan Valley and the rest of Vancouver Island; 17% from other parts of Canada and 13% from around the world. In addition, our website stats indicate that we are getting hits from all over the world.
Our main purpose is to excite residents and visitors with the wonderful story of Shawnigan Lake, and area. To that end, we offer school programming, engage residents and visitors with events and speakers, stock a gift shop with Shawnigan related items and offer volunteer and summer student opportunities.
Tag line: It’s bigger than it looks (this is because people assume from the outside that it is tiny inside, and it is always a surprise when they come in the first time)
Location: 1775 Shawnigan Mill Bay Road, Shawnigan Lake, BC
Open February through December Winter hours: Friday-Sunday 11-4 Summer hours: Thursday-Sunday 10:30-4
Contact: Lori Treloar