We welcome donations of artifacts, family histories and photographs that are relevant to the history of the Shawnigan area (including Malahat and Koksilah). Most items accepted will be used for display purposes but, in some cases, the donations will become part of our hands-on collection for young visitors and school groups.

Occasionally, an item may not be accepted, based on the size, the care required and/or duplication. Please contact, or visit, the museum if you have an item to be donated. All of the artifacts in the Shawnigan Lake Museum collection have been donated by the community (since 1977). We appreciate your support.

The Shawnigan Lake Museum is a non-profit organization and a registered charity. We accept cash or cheques donations and will issue a tax receipt for any amount $25 or more.

Annual Membership
An active membership list is essential to the success of a non-profit organization. We encourage you to support the museum by becoming either a member. ($15 annual) This entitles you to

  • free admission
  • the current Museum calendar ($11 value)
  • advance notification of any special activities
  • a member can attend meetings and has the opportunity to sit on the board.

You can join through debit e transfer. (Click here for details)

Volunteer Opportunities
The museum has a number of ways that you can become actively involved. Volunteerism is a great way to support the cultural development of Shawnigan Lake and to support the preservation of history in our community. You can make a contribution with a few hours a week or per month.

1. Research and creativity

  • Research and development for new displays
  • Researching local family histories through interview and traditional methods
  • Developing historical powerpoint presentations
  • Collecting local “stories”    

2. Collections Management

  • Entering information into an existing database
  • Inventory on existing collection

3. Educational

  • Providing on-site support for school groups and special events
  • Preparing materials for activity days
  • Help plan new activities for school programs and special event days
  • Guiding visitors through the museum

4. General Maintenance/Handyman

  • Cleaning displays and interior spaces
  • Yard work: including grass management, flower beds etc.
  • Upgrading and developing new display spaces


You can support the Shawnigan Lake Museum by using a Thrifty Foods Smile Card to purchase your groceries.  This program is a wonderful way to support our society with no cost to you!

Please drop by the museum to pick up a dedicated card. You will NOT be supporting the museum if you get a card at Thriftys.

1. When you are at any Thriftys store, before the cashier starts to ring your groceries through, "load" your card (by cash, bank card or credit card). 

2.The amount you load is up to you - some people estimate their purchase and put on that amount...others just put $50, $100, $200 etc. Any unspent $$ stay on your card for next time.

3. Each time you shop, you simply present your card to the cashier to pay for your groceries.  The Museum receives a percentage of the total "loaded" on your card each month from Thrifty Foods. 

This is a great way to budget and your till receipt tells you how much you have left on your card after each purchase. 

It is also makes a great gift for someone you care about!  Double bonus: A pre-loaded Thrifty Foods Smile Card and support for your local Museum.

Monies raised currently is funding our outdoor gallery.  Please help us reach our goals by using a Thrifty Foods Smile Card.

Eat hearty! And, thank you.