Vancouver Islands renowned world’s tallest wooden trestle

Vancouver Islands renowned world’s tallest wooden trestle

Vancouver Islands renowned world’s tallest wooden trestle

There are a many beautiful bridges throughout the world, although the Kinsol Trestle bridge, with its awe-inspiring height and spell-binding latticework design is a wonderful sight to behold.

Located on Vancouver Island, the soaring structure crosses the rushing Koksilah River in the Cowichan Valley. The bridge provides an overpass for cyclists, equestrians, and hikers to cross the water and continue the Cowichan Valley Trail route.

While noted for its beautiful architecture, the bridge is also the tallest free-standing wooden trestle bridge in the world. Towering 145 feet high above the water, it provides a breathtaking perspective of the ancient forest. At 614 feet long, it also grants visitors a long stroll in which to enjoy the panoramic vista.

While the bridge’s construction began in 1911, it was taken over by the Canadian National Railways in 1918. In 1920, the bridge became part of the “Galloping Goose” rail line; however, the last time that a train passed the historic structure was in 1979.

Following that crossing, the trestle was abandoned. Since then, it has become an Instagram sensation and local favourite. In 2006, the government announced plans to demolish it and replace it with another bridge. That’s when Gordon Macdonald stepped in. Macdonald, CEO of Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing in Mill Bay, B.C., helped convince the government that the bridge could — and should — be saved. The process took about two and a half years and involved replacing unsound timbers and rebuilding 17 structural piers, but the bridge reopened in 2011 and is today a spectacular and popular feature of the trail,” cites Canadian Geographic.

Getting there 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.
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.

I would love to hear of any of the places that you consider a must see so I can include it in one of my next blogs.

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Brian McCullough, RE/MAX of Nanaimo

#1-5140 Metral Drive

Nanaimo, BC V9T 2K8

Office: (250) -751 – 1223


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