West Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park
About This Park
This small day-use park provides a sanctuary for Douglas fir forest, as well as lakeside beach access on the northwest shores of Shawnigan Lake. This popular summer recreation area offers a wealth of outdoor activities, including swimming, paddling and fishing in the trout-stocked waters. It’s also an idyllic place to enjoy a family picnic.
Outside of the park boundaries, the lake offers opportunities for boating, waterskiing and windsurfing. The peaceful waters of Shawnigan Lake make it an excellent place to canoe or kayak. Park facilities include pit toilets, picnic tables and short walking trails. A boat launch is available in the community of Shawnigan Lake, not far from the park.
Established Date: February 23, 1979
Park Size: 9.7 hectares
Please note: This park is cooperatively managed by the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Services and facilities may differ from those offered in other BC Parks.
Location and Maps
Nature and Culture
- Wildlife: This park protects an important riparian habitat for various frogs, salamanders, turtles, garter snakes and birds. Columbian black-tailed deer access the lakeshore here. Loons, geese and other waterfowl feed near the shore, while birds of prey use the forest to roost.