Kinsol Trestle, Vancouver Island

Kinsol Trail is part of the Cowichan Valley Trail on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE: www.venturevancouver.com

Kinsol Trail is part of the Cowichan Valley Trail on Vancouver Island.

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Type:

Hike

Season:

All Seasons

Weather:

All Weather

Time:

1 hour

Cost:

Free

What to bring:

Camera, Binoculars, Sense of Curiosity, Hiking Boots

Part of the Galloping Goose Line, the Kinsol Trestle (which crosses the Koksilah River) is a feat of early 20th century engineering and at 44 meters (145 feet) high and 188 meters (614 feet) long is the highest and largest surviving free standing timber trestle in Canada. The trestle is a section of the 122 kilometer (75.8 mile) Cowichan Valley Trail (part of the Trans Canada Trail) which is utilized by pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists throughout the year.

The Kinsol Trestle, also known as the Koksilah River Trestle, is located on Vancouver Island in the Cowichian Valley District. The trestle is a popular crossing along the Cowichan Valley Trail (part of the Trans Canada Trail).

Built between 1911 and 1920, the trestle connected Cowichan Station and Shawnigan Lake, spanning the Koksilah River. An impressive feat of early 20th century engineering, the Kinsol Trestle (named for an unsuccessful mining venture nearby) was the largest wooden trestle in the Commonwealth measuring 44 meters (145 feet) high and 188 meters (614 feet) long. The "Galloping Goose" line (stretching from Victoria to Port Alberni) was built to accommodate logging trains through the region - the last train crossed over the trestle on May 30, 1979. After years of deterioration (including a fire which burned a portion of the trestle in 1988) a dedicated group of donors and volunteers worked to restore Kinsol Trestle and it was reopened officially on July 28, 2011.

Truly magnificent, the Kinsol Trestle is the highest and largest surviving free standing timber trestle in Canada and considered one of the four largest wooden structures in the world. The trestle connects the Galloping Goose Trail in the Capital Regional District to Nanaimo Regional District's section of the Trans Canada Trail in an unbroken 122 kilometer (75.8 mile) route (map) enjoyed by pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists.

Be aware that the roadway which leads to the Kinsol Trestle is gravel in sections (map). The trestle is an ideal location to visit briefly or to spend a day - exploring the surrounding network of trails or the larger Cowichan Valley Trail (part of the Trans Canada Trail) which stretches between Victoria and Nanaimo.

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At 188 meters (614 feet) long, the Kinsol Trestle on Vancouver Island, British Columbia is the highest and largest surviving free standing timber trestle in Canada.
The Kinsol Trestle was built between 1911 and 1920 and crossed the Koksilah River on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
View of Kinsol Trestle from the viewing platform along the Cowichan Valley Trail on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
The Cowichan Valley Trail (part of the Trans Canada Trail) spans 122 kilometer (75.8 mile) from Victoria to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Side view of the Kinsol Trestle from the Cowichan Valley Trail (part of the Trans Canada Trail) on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Reopened on July 28, 2011, the Kinsol Trestle on Vancouver Island is a popular section of the Cowichan Valley Trail used by pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians.


Location of Kinsol Trestle | Cowichan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Use the interactive map below to locate and explore the areas around Kinsol Trestle | Cowichan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

From the Trans Canada Highway turn west onto Shawnigan Lake/Mill Bay Road. Turn right onto Shawnigan Lake Road and follow it until it turns into Renfrew Road. Follow Renfrew road past the end of the Lake to Gleneagles Road and turn right.


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