In the 1980's the Board of Directors for the museum had a vision of creating a bigger space to hold the history of Shawnigan Lake. Unfortunately, their ideas didn't manifest into anything at the time, but they did plant a seed that was nurtured by two generous donations of $100,000 from local families.
These two donations paired with a passionate Board of Directors launched Project Impact into the making. Now with over $2 million raised and construction underway, we anticipate our expanded museum to be open in Spring 2024.
With rising costs associated with construction, we still need your help to bring the vision for our community to life.
Ground breaking ceremony June 2023
After over 40 years of operating from the old Firehall, which was generously sold to the Shawnigan Lake Historical Society for $1, the museum has outgrown the space. This hampers the Museum's ability to provide programming and service to the community.
The expansion will add roughly 3000 sq. ft., and seamlessly connect to the current building - the original Firehall.
The need for more space at the museum is not only to house artifacts and create better exhibits; it's also about creating more spaces for our community to gather.
This project has many benefits to our region including:
Attract more cultural tourism to the region
Create volunteer, summer student, and employment opportunities
Space to engage visitors through community outreach with events and speakers
Improve visitor experience
Added community spaces, including a group meeting space, kitchen, and outdoor gathering space
An increased gift shop area
Larger E.J. Hughes Gallery
Increased community and school programming, as well as, a new entrance that will allow groups to assemble safely, and under shelter, rather than on the road allowance.
Two public washrooms for the village that will be accessible from Elsie Miles Park
A much-needed transfusion of energy for the Village of Shawnigan Lake, and a museum that will continue to flourish as a heritage attraction/destination
And many more!
Jordan Ackerman - Cascadia West Contracting Ltd
Brian Kapuscinski - BJK Architecture
Will Melville - Delinea Design
Lori Treloar - Executive Director
Michael Battler - Board Chair
SLHS Board of Directors
Brian Farquhar - Parks Manager - CVRDJOR