Kinsol Trestle

Cowichan River Trail

Why is the Kinsol Trestle important?

The Kinsol Trestle (also known as Koksllah River Trestle) in Cowichan Valley was completed in 1920 and is one of the largest timber bridges in the world.  The last train crossed here in 1979, so you don’t have to work about staring down a locomotive. The trestle was originally built to connect Victoria to Nootka Sound to transport old-growth timber, a line that was never completed.

It got its name from King Solomon Mines that operated nearby for a short time. The line was designed by engineers, but built by loggers and farmers. The Kinsol Trestle was rehabilitated starting in 2009 and done in 2011. This trail is part of the Trans-Canada trail and so this is just a section of a much longer trail. See Google map link https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zenqiKgUB39g.kkbgF1KcNjM0&hl=en_US.


Continue west from Trans Canada Hwy on Hutchinson Rd, Left onto Cobble Hill Road, Right on Renfrew Rd and turn rt on Glen Eagles road and then right on Shelby Road. The parking lot is on the left. The trestle is easy 15 min to walk and there are walking paths and lookouts to explore the different parts of the bridge.