The Kinsol Trestle in Shawnigan Lake is a sight to behold. Funding for the expansion of the Shawnigan Museum celebrates its 100th anniversary. (Citizen file)

The Kinsol Trestle in Shawnigan Lake is a sight to behold. Funding for the expansion of the Shawnigan Museum celebrates its 100th anniversary. (Citizen file)

Shawnigan Museum expansion gets $480,000

Funds from Government of Canada Legacy Fund - Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program

The Shawnigan Lake Historical Society announced on Thursday, March 4 that it will get $480,000 in funding for its Shawnigan Lake Museum expansion.

The funds come from the Government of Canada Legacy Fund – Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program.

This award celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Historic Kinsol Trestle, which occurred in February, 2020. Supported in part by this federal funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage, an enhanced Kinsol Trestle exhibit will be an important part of the overall project.

Project Impact is a capital project to triple the size of the current museum, which will encourage increased cultural tourism to the region and improve cultural programming for members of Shawnigan Lake and the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

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“The Museum is a gateway to visitors in the Cowichan Valley region and plays a role in promoting the tourism assets in the South Cowichan area,” says Shawnigan Lake Museum Executive Director Lori Treloar. “This project will not only allow for an improved visitor experience, it will also provide catalysts for new business development in the area, more programming for children and youth, and cultural benefits through community activities and safe gathering spaces. This project will also provide much needed space to display the facility’s unique collections, develop new exhibits, as well as attract new events.”

In December it was announced that the project will also get $250,000 from the Island Coastal Economic Trust. Estimate cost for the full expansion is $1,827,000. Also included in the project will be an expanded E.J. Hughes exhibit and a new Cowichan Tribes exhibit.

If you would like more information on the project, how to support the project, or ways to get involved, Treloar at 250-743-8675.

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