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Historic Kinsol Trestle VGS Field Trip - Shawnigan Lake


THIS IS A THREE PART EVENT - you may register for 1, 2, or all 3 of the activities listed below.
IMPORTANT: Registration is mandatory to determine numbers, and is limited to 30 people for all activities. 
Registration is free for members and non-members.

You must make arrangements for your own transportation to and from the Kinsol Trestle, Restaurant, and Museum.
The Kinsol Trestle is 8 kilometers past Shawnigan Lake village. Make sure you allow sufficient time to arrive at the Trestle parking lot by 10:30 a.m. For example, the travel time is approximately 50 minutes from the VGS Genealogical Research and Learning Centre.



ACTIVITY 1 - Kinsol Trestle Tour
The Historical Kinsol Trestle Presentation and Walk

Time: 10:30 am
Date: Saturday, 09 September 2023
Place: Kinsol Trestle, Shawnigan Lake - Kinsol Trestle Map and Directions
Presenter: Lori Treloar, Executive Director of the Shawnigan Lake Historical Society
Cost: FREE event
Notes: Additional costs are gas for your own transportation, and for  optional lunch.
Donations to the Shawnigan Lake Historical Society and the Victoria Genealogical Society are greatly appreciated.

Back by popular demand, the second VGS Field Trip to the Kinsol Trestle near Shawnigan Lake will be on a Saturday this year.

Lori Treloar, Executive Director of the Shawnigan Lake Historical Society, has offered VGS a special opportunity to learn, on location, about the Kinsol Trestle! The Kinsol Trestle is one of the tallest free-standing and most spectacular timber rail trestle structures in the world. At 187 metres in length and standing 44 metres above the salmon bearing Koksilah River, the Kinsol is an incredible structure.

We will meet at the Kinsol Trestle parking lot off Renfrew Road with the tour starting at 10:30 am. Lori will walk with us along the beautiful one-kilometer trail to the trestle while describing the history and the restoration of the trestle. 

You must be able to comfortably walk 2 kilometers along a well-groomed flat trail.
If the day is hot, please bring a water bottle.

ACTIVITY 2 - Optional Lunch at the Lakehouse Restaurant
Time (approx): 12 noon to 1:30 pm or 2:00 pm

After Lori's passionate presentation, we will walk back to the parking lot then drive to The Lakehouse Restaurant for lunch (optional). You pass the Lakehouse to get to the Kinsol Trestle and it is about a 5 minute drive (or less) from the Trestle to the restaurant.  A large private dining room has been reserved for our exclusive use. Last year, the lunch discussion was lively and very informative.
View a sample lunch menu.

ACTIVITy 3 - Optional Tour of Shawnigan Lake Museum
Time (approx): 1:30pm or 2:00pm  to 3:00pm

After lunch, Lori has invited us back to the Shawnigan Lake Museum for a private tour of the facility. From the restaurant, it is a 5 minute drive into the village where the museum is located.

Saturday, September 9, 2023, 10:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) (UTC-08:00)
Kinsol Trestle, Shawnigan Lake, BC
Kinsol Trestle
Kinsol Trestle
Shawnigan Lake, BC  

Additional Info:
Event Coordinator(s):
Lois Thompson
Event Organizer
Field Trips
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Please allow extra time to drive to the Kinsol Trestle so as not to be late.
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Historic Kinsol Trestle Guided Tour and Walk - Shawnigan Lake
Lunch at The Lakehouse Restaurant - Shawnigan Lake (Optional)
Shawnigan Lake Museum Tour (Optional)