Kinsol Trestle, Vancouver Island

The Kinsol Trestle, also known as the Koksilah River Trestle, is a wooden railway trestle located on Vancouver Island north of Shawnigan Lake in the Canadian Province of British Columbia. It provides a spectacular crossing of the Koksilah River.Completed in 1920, its dimensions measure 44m high and 188m long, making it the largest wooden trestle in the Commonwealth of Nations and one of the highest railway trestles in the world.It was built as part of a plan to connect Victoria to Nootka Sound, passing through Cowichan Lake and Port Alberni, when forestry had gained some ground on Vancouver Island and a more efficient way to transport the region's huge, old-growth timber was needed. It was not built, as some mistakenly believe, to serve any nearby mines. It was named after the nearby Kinsol Station which, in turn, took its name from a nearby mining venture grandiosely named “King Solomon Mines”, a very small mining venture that produced 18t or 18000kg of copper and 6300g of silver (from 254t of ore - hardly enough to fill 3 rail cars) over the period 1904-1907.The line was started in 1911 by the Canadian Northern Pacific Railway (CNoPR) and while it was designed by engineers, it was built by local farmers and loggers, with investment funds from the Canadian Western Lumber Company, which was the largest lumber company in the world at that time. The trestle was never completed by the CNoPR, and the line only reached Youbou before construction was terminated. The CNoPR was taken over by Canadian National Railways in 1918, and its line and the trestle were completed in 1920 as part of the "Galloping Goose" rail line. The last train to cross the Kinsol was in 1979, and the trestle was abandoned 1 year later.
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  • A short hike from the parking lot is this amazing trestle. The Kinsol Trestle is a wooden railway bridge that crosses the Koksilah River on the old CNR Cowichan line. Started in 1917, construction was...  more »
  • Not far from Shawnigan Lake Vancouver Island forming part of the Trans Canadian long distance hike this is a must see for anyone interested in Social History, engineering, or natural environment. Ther...  more »
  • This bridge is hidden in the forest and we were the only ones there when we visited the place. The bridge is amazing and you can walk over it and below it. There is a huge forest next to the bridge wh...  more »
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  • Easy trail and interesting from an engineering and construction point of view. The trestle has been rehabilitated with steel trusses. Nice viewing platforms.
  • Easy trail, wheelchair accessible. Absolutely stunning views. The hike is about 15 minutes from the parking lot to the trestle on a flat well kept path.
  • This place is really neat. Nice walking trail and a trestle built in place of an old train. Great historical site. A must see if your in the island.
  • An easy place for a walk. Flat, wide gravel path can easily manage strollers. Best to hit it midweek or a wet day to avoid the crowds
  • What a beautiful site to see. the walk is short and sweet if you do not have much time, otherwise you can go down and all around and enjoy from every angle. I plan to explore when I have more time in the warmer summer months. 10/10 do recommend!

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