Shawnigan Lake is a village and a summer lake recreation destination located in the South Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The fresh water lake during the summer months is a popular area for activities like swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, canoeing, cycling and kayaking.
The region is an area full of summer cottages, rustic cabins and year round elegant homes. The lake is home to many boats, canoes and kayaks tied up to docks and private piers.
There is a village centre servicing the area. On one end of the village is a general store and Mason's Beach. Masons Beach is a popular public sandy beach with a logged off swimming area. Many people swim out to the logs. Some try to walk the logs. Most fall right back into the lake with a smile. On the south side of the village are the main services in the area including a gas station, general store, coffee shop, bistros, specialty services and some retail stores.
Located on the shores of the lake, away from the village, is a private school, a fine dining restaurant and a pub. Scattered throughout the Shawnigan Lake area are unique accommodations servicing travelers like bed and breakfasts and cottages.
There are a few parks in the Shawnigan Lake area as well. On the shores of the lake are the West Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park and Old Mill Park. On the south side of the lake, a short paddle away, is the Memory Island Provincial Park. A great spot for a picnic, swimming and wildlife watching.