We’re organizing a fall ride while summer is still hanging around. September 22nd is the Autumnal Equinox and we’re celebrating with an overnighter to Shawnigan Lake and the Kinsol Trestle. Shawnigan Lake is a small lakeside community outside of Duncan, BC where the population doubles in the summer due to all the Island families that Holiday there. The west end of the lake features an abandoned CN Rail line that was running from the 20’s until that last train eased it’s way across the Kinsol Trestle in 1979. The trestle is one of the largest wooden trestles in the world and was built by loggers and farmers who drove in the last spike in 1920. It’s name comes from the King Soloman mines, but it wasn’t built to serve those mines, instead being needed to move lumber down the Cowichan Valley. After the CN line was shut down the trestle almost rotted away into memory, but the local district found funding to repair it. The trestle is now part of the walking and cycling network and we’ll take part of that path to see it on Saturday.
Ride is open, anyone is welcome to join.
Departure Time/Place: Uprising Breads. 8:30am sharp (ferry departs at 10:40am)
Ride Pace: Rando/moderate (~25-30kmph). No Drop.
Weather Forecast: Beautiful, Sunny, Above Historical Temperatures.
Overnight Accommodations: Self-organized.
Sunny Daze Camping
West Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park