Think Shawnigan: Development Designed by Community

Think Shawnigan was an intense design and planning process generating creative ideas for the future look and feel of Shawnigan Village. The Village has challenges with “walkability,” lake access, infrastructure, and other things. The outcome was a highly visual, long-term vision for the heart of Shawnigan Village, based on the community’s ideas.

The Think Shawnigan process looked at the area along the lakeshore from Shawnigan Wharf Park to Masons Beach Park, and from Bellendean Road in the west, along Renfrew and Hipwood Road in the north, Wallbank Road in the east, and Thrush Road in the south. The area was chosen because community members have expressed a concern about the undeveloped property across from the community centre and accessibility within the Village itself. 

To view a map of the study area click HERE.

This video captures the community engagement acivities to inspire the vision:

Implementation Phase 1

The CVRD is exploring opportunities to implement Think Shawnigan Design Plan priorities with provincial government partners and develop a strategic planning process intended to move forward the vision of the Shawnigan Village Area revitalization and community connectivity plans.

Past Events

Online Survey: Was open from June 24 - September 20, 2019.

Youth Input: Was solicited from September 20, 2019. 

Community Gathering: Was held on September 21, 2019. Shawnigan Lake Community Centre 25th Anniversary, celebrating the strength and diversity of the Shawnigan community. 

Intensive Design Week: Was held on,

  • October 17-  Roundup of all the input gathered.
  • October 18 - Meet the designers and see how the community ideas taking shape. 
  • October 19 - Draft design concepts and early directions presented.

Final Designs: Were presented on February 25, 2020 at 6.30 p.m. at the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre.