Kinsol Trestle
Kinsol Trestle
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Dtomar90
Vancouver, Canada24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The Kinsol Trestle, also known as the Koksilah River Trestle, is a remarkable wooden railway trestle located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Here's what people have to say about it:

1. A unique site: Visitors appreciate the uniqueness of the Kinsol Trestle. It's a great place for a walk, with a very flat and wide path suitable for anyone. There are no hills, making it an easy 15-25 minute walk each way. The trestle itself has been rebuilt and offers a different perspective as you walk across it.

2. Atmospheric and moody: Some reviewers describe the trestle as moody and atmospheric, adding to its charm. Walking across it provides a different viewpoint and allows you to appreciate its magnificent structure.

Whether you're a local or a visitor, the Kinsol Trestle is definitely worth a visit. Don't miss the chance to explore this historic and picturesque landmark! 🌉🌲
Written May 2, 2024
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BronteBucket
Harrogate, UK1,462 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
An interesting pit-stop to stretch legs inbetween the ferry port in Sidney and Duncan. The Kinsol Trestle Bridge is an old free-standing timber frame railway bridge which has been restored. The bridge is a short walk through the trees from the parking lot and is an impressive structure. There is a display of old photos and information to explain its history.
Written March 1, 2024
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Try2TravelSustainably
Hamilton, Canada395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Work the trip out to see it. The walk in is gravel. Once at the bridge you can walk over, under and around. It is interesting to see.
Written February 22, 2024
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Try2TravelSustainably
Hamilton, Canada395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Work the trip out to see it. The walk in is gravel. Once at the bridge you can walk over, under and around. It is interesting to see.
Written October 15, 2023
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Vanessa G
Newcastle, Australia337 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Looking for things to see between Victoria and Tofino I found Kinsol Trestle. After doing some research I decided to use the entrance from the North Parking Lot (just be aware there is at least 5kms of a narrow, winding dirt road to get to the parking lot). It is about a 150m short flat walk along the Cowichan Valley Trail to get to the Trestle Bridge from the parking lot. The bridge is very impressive and well maintained. It was completed in 1920, measures 44ms (144ft) high and is 188ms (617ft) long. I am scared of heights but I felt very comfortable walking along the bridge and even taking photos from the sides. We took some little trails down to the bottom and side to get some lovely photos. There is a very nice undercover picnic area. We did see some bike riders and walkers using the trail and I can imagine on a weekend it would get busy.
Written July 12, 2023
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Casey L
Nanaimo, Canada115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Always a great walk and scenic sights! Very flat wide path suitable for anyone walking....no hills....A lazy 15-25 min walk each way and a rebuilt trestle w/ lots of historical info. Combine it w/ an afternoon trip to Cowichan Valley or Shawnigan Lake.
Written March 5, 2023
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kpgc
Winnipeg, Canada499 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
It’s a bit of a walk to get to the Trestle from the South Parking lot, but it’s a nice wide, level path. The Trestle itself has been beautifully restored. There is a railing on the top, and you get incredible views from the top. Luckily, it was the winter season so visitors are fewer, which means you may be able to get some good pictures. There’s some good information and pictures of the Trestle and it’s restoration on the North side, and paths that will take you to the bottom so you get a true sense of the size and scale of the Bridge. This is a must see when on Vancouver Island.
Written February 20, 2023
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wolfbearj
Edmonton, Canada212 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Take the adventure and make sure you go to the underside of the bridge and enjoy the view upwards and towards the water from the concrete base section. Follow the path on the left side of the covered display area. It is more gradual and safer instead of the straight down rocky approach.
Written October 14, 2022
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cafeloverCanada
canada400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We were the only ones in the parking lot when we started our hike to the trestle. Practically had the place to ourselves when we reached the trestle. Truly a magnificent structure which we learned more about at the Shawinigan Museum. We hiked across the trestle and down to the river. We would have like to have crossed to the other side but it was a pretty steep climb into the brush with no trail in sight. Walking across the trestle the other way gives you a different perspective. It was busier on our way back so try to get there early so you can enjoy the place in peace.
Written September 20, 2022
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CanuckAlberta
Alberta647 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We recently visited and found it very interesting. We hiked (1km) from the closest parking lot to the trestle and enjoyed climbing underneath to see the support network of wooden ties. We plan to return with our bikes to see the other trestle's on the Cowichan Valley Trail as well.
Written September 15, 2022
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