The Kinsol Trestle is part of the Cowichan Valley Trail route and is a spectacular timber rail trestle standing 145 feet tall, 614 feet in length, on a 7degree curve. The Cowichan Valley Regional District, the Province of BC, and the Canadian Government preserved the trestle to connect the trail systems across the river to continue the Trans Canada Trail but more importantly to preserve the history of the mining and logging industries. It stands above the salmon bearing Koksilah River.
Read more about the History of the Kinsol Trestle.
The rail bed is now a compact gravel trail and is perfect for bikers, hikers, runners and equestrians to enjoy, no matter the weather. The trails are endless and you can go in either direction from the trestle. We learned that eventually this trail will hook up to the Galloping Goose trail in Victoria. Another item on my list. We choose the south trail that paralleled Shawnigan Lake. There is nothing better then being able to bike for miles away from traffic, listening to birds, the sounds of the streams, and watching the scenery unfold.
We met 2 young gals walking their horses and pet goats named Cloudy and Rainy. The goats responded to commands like “smile”, “show your teeth”, “play shy”. Too funny!
After a pleasant ride along the lake, we enjoyed a beautiful bottle of Rosé and a superb and delicious meal at the Unsworth Winery in Coble Hill. I think the pictures say it all.