Shawnigan Lake School

Shawnigan Lake School is located on 380 stunning acres right beside the lake that shares its name. Shawnigan offers a complete education to over 500 students in grades 8-12. Connections between students and teachers thrive on campus, demonstrated in academic, athletic, fine art and boarding programs that create whole new contexts for learning. Shawnigan has over 100 years of tradition producing leaders imbued with the character and moral fiber required to be a success in their post-secondary endeavors and beyond.

General Information
Year Founded916
Type of the SchoolCo-Ed
Location of the School

Vancouver Island

School Area380 acres
Programs of study
Academic ProgramsAdvanced Placement
Extra Curricular

Sports: Basketball, Cross, Country, Field Hockey, Fitness and Conditioning, Golf, Ice Hockey, Outdoor Pursuits, Rowing, Rugby, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Fine Arts and Activities: Baking, Boatbuilding, Ceramics, Choir, Composition & Production, Dance, Digital Arts, Digital Photography, Environment Club (E-Club), Figure Skating, Film Production, Fly Tying, Graphic Arts, Happy Bodies & Healthy Minds, Homework Helpers, Instrumental Arts, Library, Model UN, Musical Theatre, Peer Assistance & Leadership, Pod & Radio Casting, Pottery, Puppet Theatre Performance, Recording Arts, Robotics, Rock Band, Sculpture, Search & Rescue, Service

Boarding Tuitions (Per Academic Year) 67,900 CAD (boarding and tuition 2018-2019)
Boarding Tuitions Fees include-
Boarding Tuitions Fees does not includeUniform, Ski Week, Transportation, etc.
Teaching Environment
Total number of students (Day & Boarding)515
Total number of Boarding Students450
How many different nationalities30
Teacher-Student Ratio1:8
Language courses offeredMandarin, Spanish, French
Main Language of instructionEnglish
Age of entry to school12-13 years
Age of entry to Boarding houses12-13 years
Grades offered by school8-12
Full BoardingYES
Day studentsYes (only local BC students)
English language Requirements
Minimum Score in IELTS/TOEFL Grade 8+ 9 does not matter as we have special Prep School program; we can support any level Grade 10, 11, 12: IELTS 6.5+ TOEFL junior 850+
If the student doesn’t have IELTS/ TOEFLCan participate in internal English Language Test
English Language Preparatory CoursesYes
Accommodations & Foods
Type of Rooms available2-4 students per room
Foods Extra OptionsVegetarian, Halal Foods, Diet,
Achievements & Accreditations
Accredited and Member ofCAIS, NAIS, NABI, TABS
Honors and Prizes-
Sport Championships

Most recent championships won:


BC AAAA Boys Rugby Champions - 2017

BC AAA Junior Boys Rugby Champions - 2017

Junior Boys Rugby 7s Champions – 2016

BC AAA Junior Boys Rugby Champions – 2016

Girls CAIS Rugby Champions – 2016

BC Girls AA Rugby Champions – 2016

Fieldhockey (girls):

BC Girls AAA Sr. Field Hockey Champions – 2014

BC Girls AA Field Hockey Champions – 2011

Ice Hockey (boys):

CSSHL Midget Varsity Champions – Boy's Midget Varsity – 2016

CSSHL Midget Varsity Champions – Boy's Midget Varsity – 2015


Canadian Champions – Jr. Men’s Eight – 2013

Canadian Champions – Jr. Men’s Coxed Four – 2013


Bronze placement (junior boys) in ISA Championships - 2017

Swimming (new program; established 2013):

Two top 10 placements in ISA Championships (overall and freestyle)- 2016


2017 1st and 2nd Boys U19 Canadian National Championships