Located on the southern end of Vancouver Island, Shawnigan Lake has long served as a summer getaway spot. Activities are plentiful on and around the lake such as swimming, hiking or simply relaxing. This bucolic setting is ideal for those wanting to leave the city behind but who also don’t want to travel too far from nearby Victoria, Nanaimo or other cities. It is the perfect spot for extended family vacations, so search for your Shawnigan Lake vacation rentals today. Several parks and beaches surround the lake which offer ample opportunities for swimming. As some spots are better known than others, hike around and discover one make your own. You can also take a boat or kayak to further explore the lake. Conversely, head away from the lake to enjoy a leisurely stroll along one of the region’s well-marked hiking paths. There is an unhurried feel present throughout Shawnigan Lake even at the height of the summer tourist season. Shawnigan Lake includes an array of attractions not to be missed. Memory Island Provincial Park is accessible only by watercraft. Located in the southern part of the lake, the park provides a wonderful spot in which to have a picnic, birdwatch or just enjoy the solitude. Elsewhere, the Kinsol Trestle bridge offers majestic views 44 km atop the Koksilah River. Part of the Cowichan Valley Trail, this trestle bridge is one of the highest in the world as well as a historic landmark. Lastly, don’t forget the Shawnigan Lake village. You will find several restaurants, stores and other amenities, but the real draw is the growing presence of the local arts community. Shawnigan Lake caters to all interests. It is a vacation spot you will want to revisit.