Abandoned, Then Embraced: The Kinsol Trestle

Creator(s): Cowichan Valley Museum

Until recently, the Kinsol Trestle was an in-peril heritage structure located in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. This magnificent railway trestle, spanning the canyon over the Koksilah River, is the only broken link in the Trans Canada Trail between Shawnigan Lake and the Town of Lake Cowichan. To people who live in the Cowichan Valley, the Kinsol is historically significant as a symbol of our industrial past. Abandoned since 1979, when the last train crossed the Trestle, it has not received any maintenance.

Preserving the Story of the Kinsol Trestle

A partnership between the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives and the Shawnigan Lake Museum was formed to explore the story of the Kinsol Trestle through an oral history project that resulted in a collection of intriguing archival material, much of it which is included in this exhibit. The interviews give a unique perspective to the story of the Kinsol Trestle.

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