BC in Black Key Chain
This 45mm x 3.5mm thickness coin/key chain features 3D art by Chris Edley of the Kinsol Trestle located in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. Tom Spetter (www.tomspetter.com) has created the 2D First Nation and traditional wildlife side of the coin/key chain.
With a length of 614 feet, the Kinsol is one of the longest trestles in the British Commonwealth. The Kinsol Trestle is part of the Trans Canada Trail, but it has yet to be used as a link in the TC Trail because it is in a state of disrepair.
Quotes from at a special CVRD board meeting on June 12, 2007:
"The Kinsol is... an outstanding example of a time when there was no project too grand, or scheme too bold for us to achieve with hard work and innovation."
"Being 145 feet high (taller than a 14 storey building) it is possibly the highest wooden trestle in the world." - Macdonald & Lawrence, timber framing specialists.
CVRD director Gerry Giles said it best: "We owe it to ourselves and to history to know that we have made the right decision."
"Because the Kinsol Trestle no longer has to bear the weight of loaded logging trains, M&L propose to replace its first-growth fir timbers that are beyond saving with larger dimension western red cedar. This will provide longevity and meet required structural standards."
Landsharkz are working to raise awareness of the Kinsol Trestle and its potential to be a major tourism draw.
In addition, our goal is for this coin to be a lasting memory of the original Kinsol Trestle, a historical jewel in the Cowichan Valley.