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About 45 km north of Victoria, along the Malahat Drive section of the Trans Canada Highway, you'll reach the southern end of Shawnigan Lake. This southern Vancouver Island recreation area was an early weekend get-away spot and more and more is becoming a Victoria bedroom community. Shawnigan Lake is part of the Cowichan region, one of the newer, and fast growing, wine regions in British Columbia. Popular activities on Shawnigan Lake are kayaking, canoeing and waterskiing. Near the south end of the lake is Memory Island Provincial Park, a 1 km paddle from the shores. Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park is on the west side of the lake and there are several boat launch areas near the village of Shawnigan Lake which is located on the northeast corner of the lake. Here you will find two very fine restaurants, two general stores, and numerous small businesses. Shawnigan Lake is home to several private boarding schools. Most well known is Shawnigan Lake School, founded in 1916. A more recent addition is the Dwight International School, but this campus has been home to several previous boarding schools. The last spike of the Vancouver Island E&N Railway was driven on the east side of Shawnigan Lake at Cliffside, and the E&N train still comes through the village daily. A major attraction in the area, re-opening in spring of 2011 after a complete restoration, is the Kinsol Trestle, one of the largest wooden railway trestles in the world. The Kinsol Trestle is the missing link in the Cowichan Valley section of the Trans Canada Trail, which follows the abandoned CN Railway right of way from Sooke Lake Road at the south end of Shawnigan Lake. This right of way will eventually connect to the famous Galloping Goose Trail in the Victoria/Sooke region. The best way to enjoy the area is to stay at a Shawnigan Lake Bed & Breakfast. Your hosts will know all the best places to eat, drink wine, and enjoy this lovely area!
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