|The Historic Kinsol Trestle is now open to the public for cyclists, hikers and equestrians to experience the full Cowichan Valley Trail in the Cowichan Region.
The rehabilitation of the Historic Kinsol Trestle 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.
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.
The Kinsol Trestle is managed by the Cowichan Valley Regional District under the Regional Parks program.
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.