Goldstream Railway Trestle Hike
Goldstream Provincial Park is home to massive trees, majestic waterfalls, and a meandering river that meets the sea. A variety of hiking trails can be found throughout the park’s more than 950 acres — the most popular of which is the Goldstream Railway Trestle Hike.
Though difficult, those willing to make the steep ascent are rewarded with an up-close and personal view of the spectacular train bridge that runs high above the Niagara Creek Canyon. The railway is part of the Esquimalt-Nanaimo Railway, an important element in the development of Vancouver Island as it provided access to the island’s forest and mineral resources. The trestle is no longer active, but be careful.* Work crews do occasionally come by on cars.
The hike begins at the Goldstream day-use area off Highway #1. Take the forested trail next to the Goldstream River and pass through the tunnel that takes you under the highway. Just on the other side of the tunnel, you’ll find the spectacular Niagara Falls, a narrow waterfall that drops from the rocks high overhead.
Continue on the trail to the right of the tunnel up towards the top of the falls. This will take you across the creek and up a steep set of switchbacks. As you advance, you’ll be able to see peek-a-boo views of the trestle. At the edge of the tree line you’ll be greeted by a spectacular panoramic view of the trestle and surrounding area.
*PLEASE NOTE: A special advisory has been issued not to walk on the trestle bridge, as spacing between the beams is inconsistent and slippery. A false step can quickly become life-threatening.
- Distance: 1.9 miles roundtrip
- Elevation Gain: 557 feet
- Dog-Friendly: Yes
- Difficulty: Difficult
- Accessible: Year-round
- Tips: The park is particularly popular during late-October and early November during the salmon run, but the spring wildflowers shouldn’t be overlooked.