|The Historic Kinsol Trestle is open to the public for cyclists, hikers and equestrians to experience the full Cowichan Valley Trail in the Cowichan Region.
The Kinsol Trestle is one of eight trestles along the Cowichan Valley Trail route and by far the largest and most spectacular. The Kinsol Trestle is one of the tallest free-standing and most spectacular timber rail trestle structures in the world. At 614 feet in length and standing 145 feet above the salmon bearing Koksilah River, the Kinsol is an incredible structure and was worth preserving.
The Kinsol Trestle is managed by the Cowichan Valley Regional District under the Regional Parks program.
Special Features: Historic Railway Trestle
2013 Kinsol Trestle BROCHURE
Amenities: Park amenities include benches, trails, kiosk toilet facilities at the south end parking lot and on the north side of the trestle.
How to Get There
Public access to the Kinsol is from Shawnigan Lake through to the south end of the Trestle. Directions
From Victoria: From the Trans Canada Highway turn west onto Mill Bay/Shawnigan Lake Road and go all the way into the Village of Shawnigan Lake. 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. There is a public parking area about 550 metres down the road on the right hand side. Park here and walk to the Trestle on the Cowichan Valley Trail which is approximately 1.2 km in distance. The wheelchair accessible trail is flat, wide, and surfaced with crushed gravel fines.
From Nanaimo: Drive south of Duncan on the Trans Canada Highway and turn west (right) onto Cobble Hill/Shawnigan Lake Road and follow it all the way to Shawnigan Lake. Turn right onto Renfrew Road and follow the road past the end of the Lake to Gleneagles Road and turn right. There is a public parking area about 550 metres down the road on the right hand side. Park here and walk on the Cowichan Valley Trail to the Trestle which is approximately 1.2 km in distance. The wheelchair accessible trail is flat, wide, and surfaced with crushed gravel fines.
The rehabilitation of the Historic Kinsol Trestle in 2011 was a joint project of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, the Government of Canada, and the Province of British Columbia. Major project sponsors included the Island Coastal Economic Trust, the Trans Canada Trail, the Cowichan Foundation and numerous local businesses, community groups and citizens. Follow this link to view a list of all the donors on the DONOR WALL.
Efforts are underway to complete the remaining sections of the Cowichan Valley Trail route through the Region, which will eventually connect to the Galloping Goose Trail in the Capital Regional District and to Nanaimo Regional District’s section of the Trans Canada Trail. Once fully in place, the 122 km (75.8 mile) route will link communities across the region as a world-class, uninterrupted trail experience for use and enjoyment by residents and visitors alike.
A KINSOL FACT SHEET is available here and can also be picked up at the CVRD office in Duncan.
To view aerial photos of the reopening event from July 28, 2011 click here.
All media articles are listed here.
View the WALK THE TRESTLE video by Cowichan filmmaker Phil Ives,