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Kinsol Trestle

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Address: Gleneagles Road, British Columbia, Canada
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A tourist attraction, but not a tourist trap!

Well worth the side trip just beyond Shawnigan Lake. An easy 1 km walk from the parking lot to see this beautiful structure, especially if you are a train enthusiast or engineer... read more

Reviewed August 28, 2016
Queenbeesandthedrone
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Vancouver, Canada

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed August 28, 2016

Well worth the side trip just beyond Shawnigan Lake. An easy 1 km walk from the parking lot to see this beautiful structure, especially if you are a train enthusiast or engineer. And even if not, you will be impressed! Walk across the trestle, and then walk down a path to the beautiful river below, which affords an upward view... More 

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Bowling Green, KY
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Reviewed August 26, 2016

We hiked about 3 miles to get to the Kinsol Trestle. It was the highlight of the trip for me. This was truly an engineering feat when originally constructed in the early 1900's as well as rebuilds since. The wooden structure is amazing. The way it has been improved and revised from train traffic to foot traffic is commendable. I... More 

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Lympstone, Devon , uk
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Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

Lovely spot... Great to see the renewed trestle and just a 1km along flat ground. Great for all.... and free!

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Winnipeg
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Reviewed August 8, 2016

My husband read about this and wanted to check it out. It's a very short drive to get to it and we actually went to this and then only about 15 minutes away was our Whale Watch at 5pm in Cowichan Bay, Ocean Ecoadventures, also awesome. It's only a 1km hike to the bridge from the parking lot and there's... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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Reviewed August 8, 2016

This fabulous living history artifact is part of the Cowichan Valley Trail and the most spectacular and impressive of the eight trestles along the trail. A short wide and even trail from the parking lot gets visitors right onto the trestle itself and is well worth the visit. The Kinsol is the world's tallest free-standing timber-rail trestle at 44 metres,... More 

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Cleveland
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Reviewed August 1, 2016

Beautifully restored railroad trestle bridge. The walk from the parking lot is approx 2 miles (round trip) on a wide unpaved road. At the bridge, there are handrails on each side so it feels very safe. Beautiful views from the bridge. Free. There is also a steep path down to the creek below for the adventurous. Accessibility: reasonable. The road... More 

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Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Visited the trestle on a lovely sunny day so when we arrived the small parking lot was almost full. There were many people walking the trail down to the trestle - some on bikes, some on foot, one on an off-road skateboard. The track down to the trestle is wide and well maintained and I saw people of all abilities... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

I stayed in Shawnigan at a friend's and was so happy to have a bicycle there. I cycled the trail daily, including across the tresol on my ride. I found it stunningly beautiful with scenery changing daily. Each day I seemed to notice different wildflowers than the day before. The trail is kept in great shape and by the end... More 

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Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Great walk with very scenic reward at the end of the trail. Historic site. Impressive. Great place for picnic.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 2, 2016

A large free car park adjacent to the trail leads to this free attraction. Information panels tell the story of the trestle and how it was restored after the railway stopped using it in 1979. The trails are easily accessible and we met people with pushchairs along it so it seems popular with families too. If you can handle the... More 

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