Behind the successful fight for the Kinsol

Thought to be the longest and highest surviving structure of its kind in North America, the highest in the British Commonwealth - now, possibly, in the world - the Kinsol Trestle over the Koksilah River was an ambitious undertaking even for experienced railway construction men.

Arrival of the timbers - building of a barn part 6

On a bright Monday morning in the Cowichan Valley, the timber for the BEC barn arrive on site. It a fine day when the timbers which have been crafted into posts, beam, crucks and braces arrive on site.

The creation of a Cruck bent - a creation of a barn part 3

Perhaps one of the most beautiful attributes of traditional timber framing, the 'Cruck' bent. Both functional and practical in medieval times, today it is also incorporated as a notable feature in M&L designed timber frame structures.

A gift to the family of Birds Eye Cove farm - a building of a barn part 4

A poem by Dean Hughes for the family of Birds Eye Cove Farm which explains the importance of a barn to the reader.

Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre Update

Last August, PY reported on our renovating project for Cowichan Bay's popular Maritime Museum. They returned this year to check in.

Kinsol Trestle marks historic day

The Cowichan Valley's past, present and future came together on Thursday morning when the restored Kinsol Trestle opened.

Online exhibit offers virtual trestle history

On the eve of the re-opening of the Kinsol Trestle, the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives, in partnership with the Shawnigan Lake Museum, is pleased to announce an online look at the Trestle story.

Historic Kinsol Trestle Project

The Kinsol Rehabilitation Project will give new life to the historic Kinsol Trestle, Canada’s tallest wooden rail trestle, completing a key part of the Trans Canada Trail on Southern Vancouver Island.

Restored Kinsol Trestle officially opens

Community members, families and visitors gathered to celebrate the reopening of the restored Kinsol Trestle. The restored structure includes a 187-metre (614-foot) walkway along the top for hikers, cyclists and horseback riders and completes an important section along the Trans-Canada Trail.