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Your private Shawnigan Lake property with
two cabins for rent.

How the vision of a tailor in 1912 became

the premier "Vintage Cabins" vacation rental today.

This vacation property includes two cabins: Tailor’s Cabin (circa 1912) and the Birdhouse (circa 1945) both situated closely together yet because their placement feels very private.


In 1912, when a tailor from Victoria, BC wanted his sons to study at the prestigious Shawnigan Lake School, he decided to build a “home” at Shawnigan Lake. Legend recounts that he took the train from Victoria to Shawnigan Lake and rowed across to what is now called the Vintage Cabins. Here, he worked as a tailor and shared the home with his wife and two sons. In an effort to protect the history of Shawnigan Lake and the memory of the tailor, the cabins have been kept and renovated to include modern-day amenities. 


By 1945, it has been told that the family had outgrown the Tailor’s Cabin and that the tailor wanted his sons to learn how to build. The “yellow” cabin now known as the Birdhouse was built by the boys. You can still see where the walls and doors once were when it was a two-bedroom cabin with a sitting area. Since then, it has been refitted to accommodate modern-day living conveniences converting a bedroom to a kitchenette and the addition of a bathroom. Situated as close to the water's edge as possible, it naturally provides a quiet place of retreat or a place for the kids to play games while the adults enjoy the peace and "stillness" in the Tailor’s Cabin.


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The area within the Tailor’s Cabin where the tailor once worked has been preserved and is now known as the Tailor’s library. The original bottle-glass dating back to the early 1900s found in the lakeside windows provide a looking-glass view of the lake over to Mt. Baldy. This is one of our favourite features inside the cabin. Regardless of the weather, the panorama through these windows never gets old. It quiets the soul.


At Vintage Cabins, you’ll experience Shawnigan Lake like the good ‘ole days when life was, still.  The cabins have been outfitted in vintage-style furnishings in partnership with West Coast Vintage. We have searched for items dating from 1912 to 1960 to decorate the cabins. It is our hope that we awaken your curiosity … and that of your children … to say, “I wonder what life was like then!” If you experience it and you like it – you can buy it because everything inside the cabins is available for purchase.

Tailor's Cabin at Shawnigan Lake BC


  • Sleeps 4 comfortably: 1-bedroom with queen bed and separate (curtained off) sleeping area with two single beds. 

  • 750 sq ft historic cabin, newly refreshed.

  • A highlight ... the 400 sq ft private deck newly installed 2020 with 180-degree views of Shawnigan Lake and full-view of Mt. Baldy with patio seating for 6, and picnic table for 4 to 6 equipped with new stainless-steel BBQ, and of course, morning sunshine!

  • 5-room cabin: living/lounge area, 2-bedrooms (one curtained off bunk room), sunroom/dining area, kitchen, bathroom plus a bonus front entrance/storage area.

  • Fully equipped kitchen installed in 2020.

  • Kitchen utensils: pots, pans, dishes, glasses, cups, and cutlery.

  • Cooking equipment: electric stove and oven, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and toaster.

  • Basic condiments: salt, pepper, and sugar.

  • The Tailor’s Library and office area includes books and games.

  • Remodelled bathroom with new shower.

  • Smart 32" television, books, and games.

  • Free Wi-Fi access.

  • Drinking-water cooler with cold and hot water on-demand.

  • Private dock and ample seating situated in a sheltered mid-point locale on Shawnigan Lake with unobstructed views of Mt. Baldy.

  • Heating and air conditioning.

The Bird House Cabin on Shawnigan Lake BC
  • Sleeps 2 comfortably: equipped with a queen bed.

  • Boosts spectacular views of the lake. Situated on the water's edge with a private deck.

  • 3-room cabin: lounge/bedroom area, eating area, kitchenette, bathroom plus front entrance with closet.

  • Newly installed kitchen albeit vintage.

  • Kitchenette with fridge, microwave, and sink plus coffee maker, kettle and toaster.

  • Kitchen utensils: pots, pans, dishes, glasses, cups, and cutlery.

  • Basic condiments: salt, pepper, and sugar.

  • Remodelled bathroom with full walk-in shower.

  • Smart 32" television, books, and games.

  • Free Wi-Fi access.

  • Drinking-water cooler with cold and hot water on-demand.

  • Private dock situated in a sheltered mid-point spot on Shawnigan Lake with unobstructed views of Mt. Baldy.

  • Heating and air conditioning.

These two lakefront cabins have undergone a complete refresh.


Please note, during the peak season of June 12 through to September 12, 2020, the property rental of the Vintage Cabins includes both the Tailor’s Cabin and the Birdhouse. The cabins are not available for rent separately during this time

Book your family vacation retreat now for 2021. 

Travelling via BC Ferries from the Mainland (Vancouver)


If you are travelling from Vancouver by BC Ferries please visit BC Ferries for sailing schedules. Here you are able to make travel reservations and receive current travel advisory notifications. Due to COVID-19, BC Ferries is no longer serving meals on sailing and you are permitted to stay in your car for the trip.


We look forward to seeing you from a safe distance this year!

On behalf of the team at Vintage Cabins, thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.


We look forward to welcoming you to the Tailor’s Cabin and to the Birdhouse …


where life is, still

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