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 187 metres in length and standing 44 metres above the salmon bearing Koksilah River, the Kinsol is an incredible structure.
Accessible trails (wheelchairs and strollers)
Kiosk and pavillion
Toilet facilities (open year round)
Public vehicle 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.
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 Glen eagles Road and turn right. There is a public parking area about 550 metres down the road on the right side.
How to Get There - On Foot
From the parking lot on the south side, the Kinsol Trestle is approximately 1.2 km in distance on the Cowichan Valley Trail which is located on the old railway grade. The trail is wheelchair accessible and is flat, wide, and surfaced with crushed gravel fines. There are accessible toilet facilities at the parking lot and on the north side of the Kinsol Trestle that are open year round. The Cowichan Valley Trail is used to access the Kinsol Trestle from the north which is open for cyclists, hikers and equestrians.