Koksilah River Provincial Park is located 7 km west of Shawnigan Lake
on southern Vancouver Island.
Hole on the Koksilah River near Duncan
Photo: Andy Vine
This undeveloped 210-hectare park in the Vancouver Island Forest
Reserve offers good hiking, fishing, swimming, canoeing and kayaking
while you spend the day picnicking in the scenic surroundings of
the Koksilah River and Canyon.
The nearby Kinsol Trestle, just outside the eastern boundary of
the park, is an historic site well worth visiting.
Kinsol Trestle is one of the largest and highest wooden trestle
bridges in the world, and has now been fully restored to its former
glory. The old wooden railway bridge was constructed over the Koksilah
River in 1920, to allow the transport of equipment and supplies
into the Kinsol Copper Mine. Outbound rail cars carried harvested
timber destined for the nearby mills.
Camping: Koksilah River Campground has been closed indefinitely,
however, day-use services are still offered. The nearest provincial
park campground is at Bamberton Provincial
Hiking: Koksilah River Park has no developed trails, however
there are a number of good existing rustic trails that lead to the
river and throughout the forest and park.
Kayaking: The Koksilah River provides a 6-km whitewater
kayak run above Burnt Bridge, one of the few whitewater runs on
southern Vancouver Island.
Mountain Biking: The Koksilah River/Burnt Bridge region offers
some incredible mountain biking trails. This is the site of the annual
Burnt Bridge Classic Race Loop and the Can-Am Trails. Lose yourself
for hours or even days in this challenging, but not overly technical
Koksilah River Provincial Park is located 7 km west of Shawnigan
Lake, on Southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Turn west
off Trans-Canada Hwy 1 in Mill Bay onto Shawnigan Lake Road.
Follow the road to the fourway stop in the community of Shawnigan
Lake and turn right. Continue around the northern end of the lake
and beyond the west end of the lake. Access to the park is on Renfrew
Road, a gravel logging road.