Holt Creek Trestle
Photo via Wikimapia

Looking for a trestle-based hike this fall? You’ll want to steer clear of Holt Creek.

The Holt Creek Trestle, which acts as a bridge for pedestrians, cyclists and horseback riders along the Trans Canada Trail between Shawnigan Lake and Lake Cowichan, will be closed to the public as of Oct. 10, 2017, for rehabilitation work.

Signage indicating an alternative route through the adjacent provincial park will be clearly marked on the trestle for the duration of the closure.

Re-Opening Estimated for Summer 2018

Holt Creek Trestle
Photo via Wikimedia -Vaughn R Smith

Once the trestle is closed, the Province will continue its assessment of the structure in order to determine the full scope of work needed, in addition to forming project timelines. Early plans indicate that work will be complete by summer of 2018.

Originally opened in 1922, the trestle served as a rail line until 1991 when it was relinquished and transferred to the Province for ownership and upkeep. The most recent upgrades occurring in 2002, when pedestrian railings were added and some structural rehabilitation work was done.

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