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Camping Historic Kilson Trestle

· Duncan, British Columbia
10 acres
3 sites
3 RV/Tent
Learn more about this land: Enjoy camping on our quiet and peaceful campsite located in Cowichan Valley BC on Vancouver Island! We welcome campers with tents or camper vans (maximum vehicle length= 25ft). Much of the property is treed with second-growth cedar, hemlock and some fir trees. Our property is designed for you to unwind and relax. We have an outhouse available for campers to use as well as a hand pump for water. Nature lovers will find plenty to explore; Kinsol Trestle is close to our property. Hikers will love the proximity to the Mount Tzouhalem Kaspa Trailhead, and mountain bikers will find this a great location for their sport. For those looking for a more relaxing vacation, unwind in the surrounding gardens and take in the beautiful views.  We are 15 minutes to the closest town where you can stock up on all essentials! Great for families looking to get outside and enjoy nature at its finest. We look forward to hosting you!
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Duncan, British Columbia, CanadaTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Giovanni L.Joined in April 2021
15 ratings · 15 reviews
Anne B.recommends
November 16, 2022
Site 2 - Camping Historic Kilson Trestle
Peaceful and beautiful. Lovely location, close to TCT trail and easy drive to town for other walks, mountain biking.... The outhouse was closeby and clean. The host was friendly, kind, informative, and I felt warmly welcomed. My 3 days there felt like a mini-retreat. I am absolutely looking forward to my return.
Karen J.recommends
September 29, 2022
Site 1 - Camping Historic Kilson Trestle
Giovanni’s property was exactly what I was looking for. Quiet and peaceful, yet close to some epic mountain biking. You can ride to Burnt Bridge for some challenging trails and there are lots of easier and intermediate mtb trails at Cobble Hill, Mt. Tzouhalem and Maple Mountain, all within easy driving distance. There are no shower facilities on site but the local rec centre in Duncan has a decent sauna, steam room and hot tub. Perfect after a ride!
Ann R.recommends
September 14, 2022
Site 2 - Camping Historic Kilson Trestle
Lovely Stay!
Friendly host! Peaceful campsite—only one! Lots of amenities: outhouse, sink with well water, picnic table, fire pit, etc. Nearby Kinsol Trestle is a lovely experience! Convenient stop between Victoria and Nanaimo.
Rachel B.recommends
September 7, 2022
Site 2 - Camping Historic Kilson Trestle
Wonderful host!
Giovanni was an excellent host. He was incredibly warm and friendly. He was great with our 2 year old son who loved him. Giovanni took us for a tour of the great vege garden and gave our son lots of delicious things to munch on. The campsite was spacious and private. We would definitely recommend this place!
Lucas W.recommends
August 28, 2022
Site 2 - Camping Historic Kilson Trestle
This is a special place. The hosts are very welcoming and have great local tips. The campsites and accommodations are beautiful and serene. I would absolutely recommend it.
Rebal M.recommends
August 25, 2022
Site 1 - Camping Historic Kilson Trestle
Great host, she was so lovely and shared some stuff from her garden, the camping spots are super nice and organized. A wonderful place to see the Starz and enjoy some time away from the city
Lin W.recommends
July 4, 2022
Site 2 - Camping Historic Kilson Trestle
A comfortable retreat near trails
My husband Tim and I camped here on our Bikepacking trip on the Cowichan Valley Figure 8 in July. We were so glad we did! Giovanni is just delightful, an attentive host who makes you feel right at home. The campsite was spacious and had a table and it was great to have the outhouse and water nearby, and Giovanni was gracious to allow me to charge my ebike as well. We enjoyed a lovely conversation with Giovanni around the fire in the evening. The property has lovely gardens and birds and bunnies. If you are riding the Cowichan Valley trail on your bike, the campsites are just .6 miles up a gravel road, a little uphill to get there but very worth it. It is so nice that Giovanni shares his slice of paradise with others!
Carrie H.recommends
May 23, 2022
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Beautiful countryside
Beautiful winding country road drive in and a good size site. Enough privacy and nature abounds. We saw an owl, a deer, two bunnies pass by every afternoon and the neighbour’s Guinea fowl paraded through every morning. Peace and quiet every night and a serenade of frogs. Giovanni is a great host. Highly recommend!
Julie C.recommends
May 18, 2022
Site 2 - Camping Historic Kilson Trestle
Real beautiful! Real camping!
Brian W.recommends
March 31, 2022
Site 2 - Camping Historic Kilson Trestle
Camping near Kinsol Trestle.
Giovanni’s place is a very peaceful and lovely area. I would not hesitate to go back there. Giovanni himself is very friendly and helpful.
Rob W.recommends
February 14, 2022
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Private, Quiet, and Tranquil.
Located up a quiet mountain road, Giovanni’s property is a perfect get-away to relax in nature, while being steps away from the amazing bicycling opportunities of the Cowichan Valley Trail. On the property, the peaceful ambiance is highlighted by a private site sheltered by salal and trees, with a seasonal stream trickling in the background. A picnic table and fire ring are perfect for relaxing, with firewood and kindling provided for my stay. Steps away from the site is a beautiful field and pond, with a water tap, clean outhouse, and putting green for guest’s enjoyment. While the one site is well established, Giovanni has more in the works across the property, all offering private tranquility. Some of the in-progress sites will be perfectly suited to those with trailers or campervans, while others will excel for tenters. Giovanni himself is welcoming and quick to respond to any questions one might have. His level of care for his property is clear, and well reflected in the currently established site, leaving no doubt the other sites will be just as nice.
Andy K.recommends
October 5, 2021
Site 1 - Camping Historic Kilson Trestle
Lovely place, nice spots, water and an out house, everything you need. I stayed as part of a 3 day bikepacking trip on the Cowichan Valley Trail.
Erin M.recommends
August 29, 2021
Site 1 - Camping Historic Kilson Trestle
Perfect, peaceful, rural getaway
We spent two peaceful nights at Giovanni's land. Our objective was to get out of town and spend some time somewhere very quiet where we could get in a few bike rides and not do anything else. When we arrived, we were greeted very warmly by the hosts, given guidance setting up and a tour of the land. And, he went out of his way to make sure we had a picnic table at our site. For the rest of the weekend Giovanni gave us our privacy. His place is rural and very peaceful, which is exactly what we wanted. Much of the property is treed with second growth cedar, hemlock and some fir. There are cleared campsites and a larger (and beautiful) cleared orchard, garden, and cabin area where the host stays. Because our vehicle has limited clearance, we were in the campsite closest to the deadend gravel road but it was still very quiet; during the day, we might have heard one car every two hours at most. There was no one else there when we were, but the sites are private so I don't think it would have affected us much if there were. There is a very clean, rustic outhouse and a hand pump for water. The location is perfect for cyclists who want to gravel ride or road ride (a few - I don't know the exact number - kms up a gravel road but I had no trouble with this section on my road bike). The whole vibe reminds me of Vancouver Island 30+ years ago and is the delightful antithesis of a provincial campsite where you are stacked in with your neighbours like sardines. Of course, you have to be willing to go without a shower if you don't have a camper or a van, but it's well worth it. Our trip was a last minute decision that turned out to be a great choice and we definitely hope to go back soon.
Chris W.recommends
August 23, 2021
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Great place to stay
Great place to stay. Nice and quiet and Giovanni was helpful in getting us setup into a site. I would stay here again!
Dylan B.recommends
August 4, 2021
Site 3 - Camping Historic Kilson Trestle
Best campsite on the island
The best campsite on the island. The owner is super friendly, the site was clean and roomy, water is accessible near by.
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