Victoria, Subd. A – Bay Road Valley Homes For Sale – Victoria, Subd. A – Bay Road Valley Real Estate Foreclosures

July 29, 2010

The Tidewater Subdivision was built by the Canadian National Railway in 1925 to shorten the distance from Lake Cowichan sawmills to the tidewater shipping port at Cowichan Bay to facilitate their lumber exports. Prior to 1925, Cowichan Valley lumber had to be shipped all the way to Victoria, BC, then out the Saanich Peninsula to Patricia Bay where it was loaded onto ships from the 600 metre-long pier built out into the bay for this purpose. The Tidewater Pier at Cowichan Bay exists to this day as WestCan Terminals Ltd., but its glory days have long-since ceased. The CNR right-of-way — which covered the seven kilometre distance westward from Cowichan Bay to the CNR Cowichan Subdivision at Deerholm — likewise exists to this day. It’s only a right-of-way — all the track and ties have been removed — but the Tidewater Subdivision railtrail, is frequented by local residents to the extent the trail is kept open year-round. The local residents use it as a convenient shortcut between the Glenora Region and Duncan, BC, via Koksilah Road. Koksilah Road is where we’ll begin our 17-kilometre cycling journey to the Kinsol Trestle via the Tidewater Subdivision railtrail. The Kinsol Trestle is located at Mile-51.1 on the CNR Mainline of the Cowichan Subdivision. Today, these elements form the Vancouver Island Section of the Trans Canada Trail. The CNR Tidewater Subdivision railtrail intersects the CNR Cowichan Subdivision at Deerholm. Originally, there were two wyes joining the two

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