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Climbing around the Kinsol Trestle again

Lately I have so little time to spend on the computer that these blog entries have become rather sporadic, and keeping up with things on line is not as convenient as it ought to be either.

Today we are going back to the well known and beautifully restored Kinsol Trestle. More photographs are here and here

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The photo above shows the approach from the North side (Cowichan Station) Alternatively Kinsol Trestle may be reached from Shawnigan Lake south of the trestle. Walking, sliding and climbing down  you get to the Koksilah River.

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Climbing back to the top in a hurry can be a breath taking experience. The reason for being in a hurry is to get there before the sun shows its face over the treeline.

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It is spring time again and a great time to explore some of the northern tip of the world’s rain forest (well, what is left of it) here on Vancouver Island.



About Joseph de Lange

Before retirement worked in art galleries, a photo studio, offices, and the trades. Don't travel much anymore but still photograph. For the past 5 years 95% of my photography is done with the phone. My prediction for big cameras: DSLRs and their beautiful lenses and even the smaller mirrorless cameras will be mostly a historical footnote in the not too distant future.

12 responses to “Climbing around the Kinsol Trestle again

  1. Fabulous photos. Really fabulous!

    • Thank you Angeline for your vote of confidence. Spring is always the best time for forest adventures but that morning was cold enough for gloves and keeping moving, rather than quiet contemplation of nature’s new life, was essential. Happy Easter Angeline 🙂

    • It’s a beautiful place Sharmishtha Basu, and the Koksilah River, one of those meandering kind of quiet little rivers (threatened of course by industry), is great for exploration as long as you are not worried about ups and downs and lack of trails..

  2. This is one of our very, very favorite spots Joseph! You’ve done a GREAT job with this post, featuring the incredible details and amazing architecture and design that went into this historic wonder! I just love this.

    • Thank you Mr Toad, it is an impressive structure alright. Another person in this conversation, Meg, made me think of some of the smaller trestles around this area which I have not seen for a long long while. So I may end up climbing a round a few more of the local trestles this summer 🙂

  3. meg

    Love this place! I Have snowy pics of kinsol as well as other trestles/bridges in the area on

    • Yes it is an awesome place to explore. I like that Kinsol snow photo of yours as well as many of the other photos on your site documenting your adventures around here. After reading your comment I’m planning to revisit a few of the other trestles in the neighbourhood (over the course of this spring/summer).

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  5. ehpem

    Joseph – these are terrific shots. The light is wonderful (love that 3rd shot), the motion in the water is just right and you imply something of the urge to get over the rail and climb on that structure (last shot). But for me the one that resonates the most is the first shot – it captures so perfectly a northwest coast scene that is common, but in my experience, difficult to get right. It brings back many memories from all over the BC coast.

  6. You have captured such wonderful lines and angles here, and so perfect in black and white!

    • Thank you for the compliment Lisa. These structures, crossing ravines and rivers, are interesting sites in the forest environment and come in all shapes and sizes. In as much as the Kinsol Trestle is concerned, there are surprisingly few angles available for the camera to tell its story with interesting photographs.

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