Koksilah River

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Rivers, Pacific Northwest

Koksilah River, Vancouver Island, Pacific Northwest
Koksilah River, Photo By Bud Logan

The Koksilah River Provincial Park is 7 km west of Shawnigan Lake on southern Vancouver Island. This park is undeveloped. It is located in the Vancouver Island Forest Reserve and offers good hiking, fishing, swimming and a nice place for picnicking all in the scenic surroundings of the koksilah river and canyon.

The nearby kinsol trestle, just beyond the boundary of the park is a wonderful historic site that was sadly in need of restoration. This has now been done and there are trails, picnic tables and one awesome trestle that you now can walk over to view the river from above, to just see this trestle is awesome. The old railway bridge was constructed over the koksilah river in 1920, to allow the transport of equipment and supplies into the kinsol copper mine, while the outbound rail cars carried logs that were headed for the nearby sawmills.

Camping is available on rustic tent pads that are provided near the parking area. The Park is open year round when accessible. There are approximately 15 campsites at this location, all of which are walk in. There is no fee charged for winter camping. There is a fee is charged from March 15 to October 31.

Koksilah River, Vancouver Island, Pacific Northwest
Koksilah River, Photo By Bud Logan

The river has a 6 km whitewater kayak run above burnt bridge, one of the best whitewater runs on southern Vancouver Island. The koksilah river and 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.

You could ride for hours or even days on these trails. There is plenty of wildlife here, you could see bears, elk, deer, cougars,. wolves and many other smaller forest creatures and there is such a variety of bird life here. So bring your camera.

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