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Stamp 'passport to Shawnigan'

Families in the south end of the Cowichan Valley can celebrate Family Day, Monday, Feb. 10 in their community with special fun events sponsored by the Shawnigan Lake Museum and friends. First off, get hold of a handy yellow "passport to Shawnigan" and then set off with the family around the community, visiting eight locations.

At each spot, you can learn about Shawnigan's history, answer the skill-testing question on the passport and take a family self-portrait.

It's like a selfie shot with the building in the background.

"The more locations you visit, the better your chances are to win prizes," said the Museum's Lori Treloar. "And it's a great chance to learn more about the history of our community on the way."

Passports are available at the Museum, the Village Chippery and the Style Centre Barbershop at a cost of $2 per family member, which includes a pizza slice, hot chocolate and the Family Day activities.

Registration continues right up until Feb. 10 so anyone who wants to start early can do so.

Then, on Monday, Feb. 10, come to Shawnigan Village from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a family art project at Inspire.

You can paint a Shawnigan building, choosing your inspiration from the past, present or even future in the gathering space with paint and supplies provided or families can choose to build a representative 3D building in advance and bring it on the day so it can be included in the display.

The 3D building should be made of recycled materials and should not be bigger than one cubic foot.

The eight locations include local businesses, a church and Shawnigan Lake School.

"We have permission from each of the owners for you to visit the locations but please be respectful of their property," Treloar urged families taking part.