Shawnigan Lake Houses for Sale
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Shawnigan Lake Real Estate Listings
Real Estate in Shawnigan Lake
Shawnigan Lake BC is a popular destination on Vancouver Island. The entire area has a rugged, natural feel, and the lake is beautiful. It is a community that becomes bustling in the hot summer months and quiets down during the winter due to the many summer homes and cottages in the neighbourhood. Purchasing a vacation home in this community may be an excellent investment opportunity. New developments are happening all the time in Shawnigan Lake, so the population and the amenities in this area continue to grow, making it an even more desirable place to call home.
The community is built on the side of the lake, giving it a quiet and rural feel. There is plenty of beach access, waterfront, lake view homes, and listings for non-waterfront homes and land. It is rare to find bare freehold land for sale on Shawnigan Lake, but cabins, houses, and other properties are for sale. Treed lots with spacious yards are the norm in this area, with room for boat parking, RVs, and other outdoor equipment and workshops.
The real estate in the community of Shawnigan Lake and its surrounding area includes single-family homes, new developments, older character homes, and well-maintained mid-century houses, including easy-access bungalows, condos, and apartments. Homes may have additions like solar panels, a hobby farm, a hot tub, or a secondary, rentable suite as a mortgage helper or vacation rental. Real estate in Shawnigan Lake doesn't last long, so ask your realtor to show you listings for property for sale in this lovely lakeside community.
About Shawnigan Lake
Shawnigan Lake is a small village community located in a valley beside a lake of the same name on southern Vancouver Island. The lake covers over 1300 acres and is 7 km long. Bordering the Cobble Hill and Mill Bay neighbourhoods, Shawnigan Lake is a predominantly rural area on the southern edge of the Cowichan Valley. Yet it is a short, 45-minute drive from BC's capital, Victoria.
The Cowichan Valley is known for its vineyards and cideries. Shawnigan Lake is a popular vacation spot with several beaches and a bedroom community for people working in Victoria or Duncan. The year-round population is around 9,000 residents, doubling in the summer months. It has numerous resorts, campgrounds, lakeside cabins, and vacation rentals to accommodate visitors as they arrive by car, ferry or floatplane.
Industry in the area includes forestry, service industries, government work, wood manufacturing, and tourism. The northwest end of the village has summer cabins and a large lakeside park. In contrast, the south end is mainly undeveloped, with scattered farmland and numerous hiking trails. The community of Shawnigan Lake may be tiny, but it is a cultural haven and supplies residents with the everyday amenities and services they need.
There is a pub, gift shops, galleries, general stores, coffee shops, a barber, art displays, theatre events, and musical showcases featuring local talent throughout the year. There are also gourmet eateries like sushi, French cuisine, seafood, and even pizza restaurants. People who live in Shawnigan Lake travel to nearby communities such as Mill Bay, Duncan, and Victoria for more extensive shopping trips. Shawnigan Lake has a few independent boarding schools: Shawnigan Lake School, St. John's Academy, and Discovery Elementary School.
Things to Do in Shawnigan Lake
Shawnigan Lake is a popular recreation destination because of its beauty and the opportunities for recreation on the lake and in the nearby wilderness. It's excellent for swimming, waterskiing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and camping. People who enjoy fishing will find the lake stocked with rainbow and cutthroat trout, kokanee salmon, smallmouth bass, and yellow perch.
Memory Park is a day-use island park in the lake with a short paddle from shore, Old Mill Park is a popular swimming area, and West Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park has a public beach, swimming, and picnic areas. Koksilah River Provincial Park is an excellent place for hiking, mountain biking, and fishing and is only 7 km away.
OUR Ecovillage is a nonprofit, experience-based, sustainable learning community and demonstration site created for sustainable well-being for the land, the people, and the world. People of all ages can go to learn about permaculture, farming, animal husbandry, cob construction, cooking, and the theoretical principles behind this way of life. You may join a public tour, attend a wellness retreat on their grounds, or become an "ecovillage explorer," joining the community on their daily tasks and tasting the food available in the Zero Mile Eatery.
Hike to the Kinsol Trestle Bridge
The Kinsol Trestle Bridge was an engineering feat built in 1921 as the largest and highest wooden railway trestle in the British Commonwealth. Due to years of use and weather, the bridge eventually became unsafe, spanning the Koksilah River Canyon at 187.6 metres (615 feet) long and 38.1 metres (125 feet) high. The bridge was restored in 2011, retaining 60% of its original historic timber. It is once again safe for hikers and bikers to view the Trans Canada and Cowichan Valley Trails from above.