Kinsol Trestle, British Columbia, Canada

At 614 feet, the Kinsol trestle is one of the tallest free standing timber trestles in the world. It was started by the Canadian Northern Pacific Railway (CNPR) in 1911 to serve the logging and mining industries. Taken over by the federally owned Canadian National Railway (CNR) in 1918, it was opened for passengers from Victoria to Sooke in 1922. The Railways started to lose money by the 1960s with the advent of automobiles. The last train crossed the trestle on June 20, 1979, after which it was abandoned. In 2010, the trestle was rehabilitated for park use.

On 8/26/2023. we walked over the Kinsol Trestle and hiked a section of the Kinsol trail. What an impressive structure it is! The section we hiked led us to the bottom of the trestle where picnic tables awaited visitors. The trail is very well maintained. The forest is beautiful. It reminded me of Washington’s state rainforests. This is a scenic location, very much worth visiting and is family friendly.

Reference Parks and Recreation Kinsol Trestle, Fact Sheet, AllTrails

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