Southern Vancouver Island is home to Koksilah River Provincial Park where a large number of residents from around the area come to hike the trails and take in the magnificent river views. The park also sits within the Vancouver Island Forest Reserve which is a popular spot for outdoor activities such as: cycling, swimming and hiking.
There are loads of outdoor opportunities in the park including:
- Cycling – Bicycles are required to keep to the roadways and bicycle helmets are required throughout British Columbia
- Hiking – There are several well used trails throughout park, in the forest, and some leading to the river
- Canoeing – Both kayaking and canoeing are popular water activities in the park
- Fishing – Fishing is permitted but all anglers must adhere to provincial and federal fishing regulations. An appropriate license is required for anyone fishing or angling.
- Pets – Pets are allowed in the park but must be on a leash and as per BC regulations, they are not permitted in park buildings or beach areas
Camping near the parking area is allowed. While there are many spots for campsites there are none (other than near the parking area) that are vehicle accessible and campers will need to bring their own drinking water. There are also a host of deep clear pools that are perfect for swimming and fishing. The riverside trails provide easy access to the river along established foot paths and stairs.
A must while exploring Koksilah River Provincial Park is the Kinsol Trestle. This historic trestle is open to the public and welcomes hikers, cyclists, and equestrians. It is unquestionably the largest of one of 8 trestles and the tallest free-standing such structure in the world. It rises 44 metres above the Koksilah River and is 187 metres in length. There are a wide range of amenities for those who wish to spend the day exploring the area such as:
- Wheelchair & stroller accessible trails
- Kiosk & pavilion
- Viewing platforms
- Parking lot
- Year round toilet facilities
- Hiking trails
There is also an interesting fact sheet showing the history of the Kinsol Trestle that spans from 1911 to 2012.
At 210 hectares, Koksilah River Provincial Park affords an abundance of outdoor adventure opportunities. Whether you are an avid backcountry outdoorsman, or just want to spend the day picnicking and enjoying nature, this pristine provincial park is the perfect spot to visit. The park is quite easy to get to from several directions by simply following the map and directions that are on the park’s website.
For more information on any aspect of the park or regulations, the staff at Park Services will be happy to help you. They can be contacted at:
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 1 778-406-0104