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Kinsol Trestle

economic development of Vancouver island

restoring a piece of history

Our Foundation managed the grants and donations that were received for the purpose of restoring this historic structure.

The Trestle, one of the few accessible and visible reminders of early mining and logging industries, brings history to life in a powerful way. At the end of the 19th century, the race was on to build railways so that lumber and minerals could be more easily shipped. Construction of the Kinsol Trestle started in 1911 when a more efficient way to transport huge, old-growth timber was needed.

Designed by engineers but built by local farmers and loggers, the Kinsol Trestle is one of the tallest free-standing and most spectacular timber rail trestle structures in the world. At 614 feet in length and standing 145 feet above the salmon-bearing Koksilah River, the Kinsol is an incredible structure worth preserving.

The Kinsol Trestle is a dramatic example of how timber railway bridges were built. It represents the importance of the railways to the economic development of Vancouver Island. The trestle symbolizes the optimism of a new nation. Although railway companies built hundreds of trestles, the Kinsol Trestle is notable for both its size and its unusual seven-degree curve.

This historic railway bridge reminds us of the once-powerful forest industry and the ambition and ingenuity required to overcome substantial geographical challenges. The Kinsol Trestle, also known as the Koksilah River Bridge, is a structure that is unmatched in the British Commonwealth.

reflecting on the kinsol trestle

walking the trestle