Kinsol Trestle Rehabilitation Project reaches critical milestone

Community Campaign still needs $275,000 towards the project

Duncan, BC – The rehabilitation of the historic Kinsol Trestle has achieved a major milestone with the raising into place of the last and largest of the underslung truss spans on the central span over the Koksilah River.

While the Kinsol Trestle rehabilitation is targeted for completion this spring, the Save the Historic Kinsol Trestle fundraising campaign is working hard to raise its final $275,000 towards completing major elements of the project and ensuring that all government funds available for the project are matched.

“We were very excited to reach this significant milestone in the development of this massive superstructure,” says Norm Olive, Manager of Capital Projects with the Cowichan Valley Regional District. The installation of the trusses is a critical milestone in the Kinsol Trestle’s rehabilitation, enabling a missing link in the 22,000- kilometre Trans Canada Trail to be used again. The Trestle has been closed since 1979.

“These lifts were extremely complex and the installation required a great deal of forethought and attention to detail on part of the entire project team,” said Olive.

The tandem lifts were lead by Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd. and Ramsay Machine Works. Both went smoothly and safely, using several different types of cranes and a roped-access team.

“Getting the trusses in place safely and successfully was a team effort,” said Olive. “We would like to specifically commend the work of several Island-based businesses in addition to Macdonald and Lawrence and Ramsay Machine Works, including Knappett Construction, Advantage Crane and Able Roped Access.”

“The generosity of the community to date has been wonderful,” says Mike Coleman, cabinet member of the Kinsol Trestle Fundraising campaign. “However, we are hoping that the people in the Cowichan Valley will dig a little deeper and show the government funders that our community can fully match what the government has pledged. This project is so worthwhile and we want to finish all the core rehabilitation work that is needed at this time.”

Completing the decking and finishing work on the non-load bearing bents are the next project objectives. Stage III of the project will complete site amenities, such as pathways, viewing platforms, staging area improvements, linking the Trestle to the Cowichan Valley Trail and completing a visitor information kiosk and donor recognition wall.

For those not able to view the work progress in person, a webcam has been set up at the construction site. The webcam link is located at The live picture is updated every 15 minutes and allows viewers to scroll back in time to watch the progress.

“People can visit the webcam at to see how their donations have already been put to great use and monitor and watch the progress as together we create a unique visitor attraction and celebrate the remarkable history of the Kinsol Trestle, and our community,” said Coleman.

If you would like to be part of this incredible project, donations can be made online at, by calling 250-709-1087, or in person at 135 Third Street in Duncan.

Previous donors are encouraged to top-up past donations in order to exceed the $100 donation mark, which will see their contribution honoured on the permanent donor wall at the Trestle site.

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