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Kinsol Trestle & Swim

Visit the historic Kinsol Trestle, recently refurbished and open to the public. We'll take the ferry from Brentwood Bay to Mill Bay. You can meet us at Brentwood Bay or ride with us the 20 Km from Victoria. We'll have a picnic lunch and paddle or swim in the creek below the trestle.(We discovered last year that just a hundred yards up the creek the water is deep enough for swimming.)


We'll stop at Merridale Cidery on the way back.

Full ride: 84 Km.
Take 40 Km off that if you get to Brentwood Bay by other means.

N.B. The early start time of 8 am is so we can catch the 9:50 ferry from Brentwood Bay to Mill Bay...

Route at RideWithGPS.com (The 96Km on the map includes the12Km of the ferry ride, hence the discrepancy.)

I'll buy the tickets in advance so be prepared at the cafe with $10 for return tickets. (If I buy them in advance it is $5 each way, buy them at the ferry and it is $9.50).

Challenge Rating: 8/10 (5/5 for Distance, 3/5 for Hills)
Terrain Rating: 2

Ride Challenge and Terrain Ratings Explained

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CHANGE TO PROCEDURES! Victoria Cycling Adventures Club (VCAC) has been created as an umbrella society for this meetup group in order that we be able to provide you with ride insurance. You are covered by this insurance on your first ride with us, but for subsequent rides, you must join the VCAC. The annual fee is $5, payable at your next ride. Visit the new VCAC website to find out all about it and to become a member: VCAC.net.

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Before attending a ride with Victoria Cycling Adventures please complete the general Cycling Safety Quiz and the Meetup Procedures Quiz.

By attending this ride, I declare that I have read, understood and agree to the contents of Victoria Cycling Adventures Waiver. If this is your first ride with us, please print, sign and bring with you a copy of the Waiver.

In case of bad weather, we will reschedule this ride and substitute an Embrace The Rain Ride in its place. Hey - we live in a rain forest, its gonna rain! Let's learn to enjoy it. This will be a short ride in town with a stop to warm up and dry out.

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  • Ash

    Don is right. I'm going to be sore tomorrow too. It's worth it. I love this island!

    2 · August 17, 2014

  • Ash

    Had a great time! The weather was perfect and the swim was icing on the cake!
    Pretty good americano at Fantastico too.

    1 · August 17, 2014

  • Don

    Simon, thanks for the fabulous ride and swim...95km round trip to my doorstep...will curse you tomorrow! Cheers, Don

    1 · August 17, 2014

  • Victoria Cycling Adventures C.

    So: a ride, a ferry, a ride, a swim and picnic, a ride, a cidery, a ride a ferry a ride and home! 12 hours of non-stop sunshine and big skies and trees and water. What a great day. Perfect late summer weather, good company. The swim in beautiful, cold, clear, clean Koksilah creek was the highlight of the day. Yeah, it was a long way with lots of hills and we sweated and burned but when it is all over you think - wow, life is good and we are so lucky to live here and experience it like this.

    4 · August 17, 2014

  • Marleen L.

    Home sweet home! Had to have an emergency ice cream sandwich break on route! Thanks for the great ride!

    August 17, 2014

  • Whitney

    Thanks, Simon! I look forward to joining you all again!

    August 17, 2014

  • Whitney

    PS Simon - please let me know what I owe you for the ferry. I also need to send you my $5 membership and liability form - was going to give it to you today. I can mail it or send it via Interac and FAX or scan the form.

    August 17, 2014

    • Victoria Cycling Adventures C.

      Hi Whitney. You don’t owe anything on the ferry, any unused tickets just become assets of the society and will be used eventually. $5 membership fee and waiver at your next ride, no hurry. Don’t even think about it, you have other things on your mind today!

      Simon

      August 17, 2014

  • Whitney

    My sincere apologies to cancel on another ride. So sorry. Up until dawn with friend whose mom is about to pass away unexpectedly. I need to be here today for her. I hope you all have a fantastic day and wish I were with you!

    August 17, 2014

  • Judy B.

    Hi, I'll meet the group on the galloping goose at the cut off point that gets us onto Interurban,, see you soon

    August 17, 2014

  • Alex

    Will also meet group at Brentwood Bay to catch 9:50 ferry.

    August 16, 2014

  • Whitney

    I'll meet you all at Brentwood Bay for the 9:50 ferry!

    August 16, 2014

  • Marleen L.

    Im guessing after the day before being heavy beer drinking this will be a good hangover cure?

    1 · August 12, 2014

    • Victoria Cycling Adventures C.

      Nothing like a 30 Km ride in the hot sun followed by a plunge into an icy creek to cure a hangover! If we just stick to the samples on the beer tour it will only be a couple of pints.

      1 · August 12, 2014

    • Marleen L.

      A couple of pints is all it takes with me!

      August 12, 2014

  • J.D.

    I'll meet you guys at the ferry. I found I have a 28"x 1 1/8" inner tube which is no good on my 26" wheels. Free to a good home.

    August 10, 2014

  • Brent W.

    Have to cancel due to bicycle instructing. Cheers

    August 7, 2014

  • Ash

    Can't wait for this ride! Love the Kinsol Trestle.

    1 · July 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will sadly be away on a work assignment, thus unable to make this date. Enjoy the beautiful ride!

    July 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oeps soccer games NL - Costa Rica - and I'm Dutch ! hope to see you all next time !!

    July 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes and they forgot to learn to play soccer like the Dutch :)

      July 5, 2014

    • Victoria Cycling Adventures C.

      Enjoy the game tonight. I hope your team wins.

      July 5, 2014

  • Marleen L.

    With Bells on!

    July 5, 2014

  • Karen

    Approximately, what time do you expect to be back in Victoria? I would love to come, however, I'm scheduled to work at 5:30 pm.

    June 30, 2014

    • Victoria Cycling Adventures C.

      That is a bit iffy. You would have to catch the 3 pm ferry to make it (half hour crossing, one hour ride back to Victoria). I don't like to plan too much detail and then be in a hurry all day and not enjoy the ride though it is possible we could catch that ferry. Or you could skip the trip to Merridale Cidery if you are confident you can find the ferrY!

      July 2, 2014

    • Karen

      Thanks a bunch, Simon! I agree, hurry definitely does not make for an enjoyable ride.

      July 3, 2014

  • Marleen L.

    I'm thinking I might have to bail...my ankle is really messed up...waiting till Friday just in case it's smartened up...

    July 2, 2014

  • Norman

    Was really looking forward to this one but will now be out of town that weekend. I'll ride this route some other time this season.

    June 27, 2014

  • Alex

    Have wanted to do this cycle for a while.

    June 22, 2014

  • Roy N.

    Simon,
    FYI, the date for this ride coincides with the Scotiabank MS Bike Tour (Cowichan Valley Grape Escape).
    Also, FYI here is a link to their Saturday ride: http://www.cowichanvalleygrapeescape.com/files/Saturday.jpg

    June 18, 2014

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