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Monday, December 19, 2011

Kinsol Trestle

Bear guarding south entrance to Trail
The Kinsol Trestle is a railway trestle located on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada. Completed in 1920 its dimensions measure 44M (144 ft ) high and 188 M ( 617 ft long, making it the largest wooden railway trestle in the Commonwealth and one of the highest in the world. This restoration, just completed retains 60% of the original timber, making it one of the environmentally friendliest reno's done!

One of the taller sections.

Remember, we've ridden the Kettle Valley trestles before
they burned down and this one is Spectacular!

We have biked this route since we moved to the island, however the trestle itself had fallen on hard times and was unsafe to cross. On the super hot days of summer we'd hike down to the river itself and swim in the sparkling waters without there ever being another person around. Not anymore.

We took our latest hike there today entering from the south side of the Trail. Weather has been incredible this Fall (winter) and we are loving it! Now the Trail connects the Glenora section near Duncan with the Shawnigan Lake area which means we can now ride our bikes right into Victoria and bypass the high Malahat area, or connect to the Mill Bay ferry and over to the Saanich penisula.

For December 19th there was an amazing amount of foot traffic on the trail and that's great to see.

This will likely be one of our last hikes before heading to Calgary for Christmas. We'd just like to wish our friends a very blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with the joy and happiness you deserve.
Merry Christmas

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