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Picnic areas

This park has a day-use and picnic area on the sandy northwest shores of Shawnigan Lake. Facilities included picnic tables, pit toilets, a grassy area and a change house.

Pit or flush toilets
Pit toilets are located near the parking lot and at the beach day-use area.
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A designated swimming are in the lake provides visitors with a safe place to enjoy the water. Floats define the swimming area. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Peaceful Shawnigan Lake is an excellent place for canoeing or kayaking. Paddlers can launch from the beach at the day-use area or other public locations along Shawnigan Lake.

Shawnigan Lake is stocked with trout and is a popular destination for anglers. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Pets on leash

Pets and domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.


Shawnigan Lake is a popular waterskiing location however the area within West Shawnigan Lake Park is not accessible to water-skiers. Boaters can launch their boats at facilities on Clearihue Road (turnoff beside Firehall #2) in the community of Shawnigan Lake.


Shawnigan Lake is a popular windsurfing location however the area within West Shawnigan Lake Park is not accessible to windsurfers.