The Trans Canada Trail is a vision to have a multi use trail stretch from coast to coast across Canada. This section is the Cowichan Valley. This abandoned train route is the same as the Galloping Goose in Victoria and the Shawnigan section of the TCT.
The trip is 35 km one way so there and back in one day would be too much but a car shuttle can be done. Smaller sections can be done too since there are many accesses.
Most of the trail is quite well packed pea gravel but in some rural areas motor vehicle use has made a few select sections muddy. Bring plenty of water and food on your trip!
The trail passes through many areas of the Cowichan Valley including lush rainforests and rural farmland. We had a nice sunny day. It was great!
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South end (N 48° 40.175 W 123° 41.660) - Turn west onto Kokisilah Road off the TCH and follow that for until you pass over a distinctive wooden truss bridge. The road will then fork, take the left turn. Follow Riverside Road for many kilometers until you reach the Trans Canada Trail parking lot and Kinsol Trestle. The road is paved for a bit but will then get rougher.
North end (N48 49.328 W124 03.097) - The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) has set up a nice spit cedar fence to mark the access to the trail.
Mid-way (N48 45.434 w123 47.597) - This is a good parking lot for a day trip going either way. There is an amazing site including picnic tables and washrooms. Go to the end of Robertson Road near Duncan.
The trail can be accessed at almost any point in Cowichan River Provincial Park.
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Posted By: kmack89
- Mon Aug 21 22:15:07 UTC 2017
Can anyone advise as to whether it's possible and comfortable to ride the Cowichan Valley Trail on a road bike? I am looking to ride from Victoria to Lake Cowichan and would prefer staying on a protected trail, but worry about my road tires on the trail. Any advice/previous experience would be appreciated.
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Posted By: sdecarie
- Tue Sep 16 02:40:09 UTC 2014
UpsideRail Trail, it's an easy ride in the forest. I did this in two segments, Kinsol to Glenora one day next day Glenora to Cowichan DownsideNot scenic, two day to complete if done in an out and back format. Trail can be muddy in places some of it is single track. CommentGlenora parking at N48 45.430 W123 47.615 (off Vaux Road) it's closest parking to an approximate mid point. (GPS was not able provide driving directions to this point)
Posted By: sdecarie
- Sun Sep 14 23:39:53 UTC 2014
UpsideIt's an easy ride, not much incline as it's rail trail DownsideLong sections in a tunnel of trees. It's not really a very scenic red. CommentAs Kinsol trestle is now open south end is accessible from Renfrew road. There is a parking lot at
N48 39.560 W123 41.871
Posted By: wji
- Fri Jul 11 21:52:00 UTC 2014
UpsideGood detail, including Glenora Staging Area as the mid-point for daytrips DownsideSomewhat dated now the Kinsol Trestle is completed and the TCT continues southeastward to Sooke Lake Rd. (approximately another 13km) CommentWe had a good ride, Dustin. Thanks for cycling with "the old man". LOL<BR>Bill