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Carly Carey

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Life On The Lakefront

Shawnigan Lake Real Estate

Situated on the lakefront, Shawnigan Lake is a village best known as a vacation destination, although it does also have a sizable year-round population. Because of its nearby parks and trails, as well as the lake, Shawnigan Lake residents enjoy the outdoor recreation opportunities that the area has to offer. From swimming to fishing, there's so much to discover in Shawnigan Lake. The area is also home to Shawnigan Lake School, as prestigious boarding and day school for students aged 13-18. Contact Carly Carey today or click to read more about Shawnigan Lake real estate.

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Shawnigan Lake Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $1.4M
Lowest Price $375K
Highest Price $8.5M
Total Listings 45
Avg. Days On Market 39
Avg. Price/SQFT $626

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Shawnigan Lake Real Estate Highlights

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    Numerous parks & trails to explore
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    Small town privacy and ample amenities
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    Easily travel between nearby cities
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    Community events and programs for all ages
Life In Shawnigan LakeWith picturesque homes and cinematic views, Shawnigan Lake is a excellent place to either spend the summers in or settle down year-round.
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Shawnigan Lake Real Estate

From bungalows to multi-story homes, Shawnigan Lake properties embody the tranquil, cottage-style look and feel that so many desire. Older homes in this area tend to be single-story, built in traditional styles with the popular vinyl siding. These properties also tend to be priced a bit lower, for they sometimes require some updating. However, many of the homes for sale in this village are luxury homes, sought-after for their generous square footage and property sizes, modern upgrades, and great locations.

The residential areas in the village center offer quiet streets and friendly neighbours. Larger homes with substantial acreage (often hidden within the trees) are found further away from the community and all around the lake.

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Shawnigan Lake Lifestyle

Life in Shawnigan Lake is peaceful, which is why this is a very popular place for both summer vacationers and full-time residents alike. Its large, picturesque lake is perfect for a multitude of outdoor activities, including fishing, boating, kayaking, and swimming. Shawnigan Lake has several parks along the waterfront for launching a boat or dipping your toes into the water.

The village also has a community centre, as well as small, local shops and restaurants. Of course, one of the most notable highlights of Shawnigan Lake is Shawnigan Lake School. Top-rated, this high school attracts local and international students for its renowned programs and dedication to student success. It is known particularly for its athletics, and the school also runs camps during the summer.

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Top Shawnigan Lake Highlights & Attractions

Shawnigan Lake may be small in size, but it has a lot to offer. Kids enjoy playing at the Shawnigan Hill Athletic Park, which is located in the heart of the community, or spending time in the water during the warmer months. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the numerous parks and trails in and around the area, which include the following:

  • William Rivers Park
  • Masons Beach Park
  • Maybury Beach
  • Elsie Miles Park
  • Shawnigan Wharf Park
  • West Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park
  • Old Baldy Mountain Trail

One of the other biggest attractions in the area is Kinsol Trestle. This famous landmark is 44 meters in height and one of the largest wooden rail trestles in the world. Visitors can walk along the trestle bridge itself, or explore the forest trails in the area. 

Other area highlights include McGee Creek Trestle, Memory Island Provincial Park, and the trails at Koksilah River Provincial Park. The two nearest communities to Shawnigan Lake are Cobble Hill to the north and Mill Bay to the east.


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Shawnigan Lake Real Estate Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How far is Shawnigan Lake from Victoria, BC?

A: The capital city of Victoria is located about 45 kilometers south of Shawnigan Lake. By car, this is about a 45-minute drive. There is also a bus route, the 99, that takes passengers from the downtown to Shawnigan Lake.

Q: How large is Shawnigan Lake (the body of water)?

A: The lake is about 7 kilometers in length, and is home to a number of different fish species, including sockeye salmon and rainbow trout.

Q: How many people live in Shawnigan Lake, BC? Do all students in the area attend Shawnigan Lake School?

A: The population of Shawnigan Lake is roughly 9,000. As Shawnigan Lake School is a private, prestigious institution, it only enrolls about 500 students—most of which are boarding students from outside the area.

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