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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > The Islands  > Cobble Hill

Cobble Hill
The Village of Cobble Hill is located 45 km (28 miles) north of Victoria on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 on southern Vancouver Island. By being situated only 45 minutes to Victoria, Cobble Hill combines all the amenities of a big city with a rural lifestyle set in a tranquil oceanside community.

Trans-Canada Hwy 1
Cobble Hill is part of the Cowichan Regional District and is situated on both the west and east sides of the Trans-Canada Hwy 1. Cobble Hill is sandwiched by the communities of Duncan in the north and Mill Bay in the south and enjoys the ocean in the east. The main centre of Cobble Hill is located 5 km (3 miles) west of Hwy 1 towards the Village of Shawnigan Lake.

Getting Here
You can get to the village by taking Cobble Hill Road or the Mill Bay-Shawnigan Lake road off Trans-Canada Hwy 1. Once at Cobble Hill you can find Liberation Park, the Cobble Hill Fair Grounds, the Cobblestone Pub, Cobble Hill Fine Furnishings, Minstrels Coffee Shop, post office, curio shop and an art gallery displaying lots of local talent.

Wineries and Vineyards
Located in the centre of Vancouver Island's Wine Country, Cobble Hill has a few great wineries and vineyards for you to visit. The wineries are producing some excellent and very popular vintages and are located on both sides of Trans-Canada Hwy 1.

Cobble Hill Fall Fair
Held annually at the end of August is the Cobble Hill Fall Fair. The fair is located in the Cobble Hill Fair Grounds and features farm fresh products from local producers, artisans, workshops and blacksmithing demonstrations from the Vancouver Island Blacksmiths Association.

Quarry Wilderness Park
Set in the site of the old Cobble Hill Lime Quarry is Quarry Wilderness Park, a 23-acre park. Famous for being where certain parts of the 1994 movie, Little Women, was filmed, the park is situated on the side of Cobble Mountain and features tremendous views of the valley and countryside below. Quarry Wilderness Park is very lush in vegetation and can provide you with lots of wildlife viewing opportunities especially if you enjoy bird watching.

Cherry Point Nature Observation Park
This ½ acre park is situated near the tidal flats providing spectacular ocean views and great nature viewing. There are lots of area available for exploring and enjoying beach picnics making it especially ideal for family outings. To get to the Cherry Point Nature Observation Park you travel on Cherry Point Road to Garnet Road, then take Garnet to the end and park near the ocean.

Arbutus Ridge Golf Course
Arbutus Ridge is a seaside adult village situated on the Cobble Hill's east side overlooking Saltspring Island. The village features a secure setting catering to retired adults with beautiful ocean views throughout the complex. If you would like play a round of golf, Arbutus Ridge has a very nice challenging golf course that is open to the public.

Horseback Riding
For people who enjoy horseback riding, Cobble Hill features numerous stables throughout the area. A favourite ride is downstream along the Koksilah River to the Kinsol Trestle into the back side of Koksilah Provincial Park. This whole area is blessed with such a mild climate creating beautiful trails throughout the green tropical-like rainforest.

Trans-Canada Trail
The Trans-Canada Trail is a multi-use trail that uses an abandoned railbed from the Canadian National Railway. There is access to the Cowichan Section of the Trans-Canada Trail coming down from Cowichan Station. The trail travels north to Holt Creek Trestle and beyond eventually to Lake Cowichan. Travelling south the trail eventually comes to the Kinsol Trestle.

Kinsol Trestle
At one time the largest wooden railway trestle in the British Commonwealth, the Kinsol Trestle was the property of Canadian National Railway. Built in 1921 this engineering feat made out of wooden timbers spans the Koksilah River Canyon and is 187.6 metres (615 feet) long and 38.1 metres (125 feet) high.

Koksilah River Provincial Park
The Kinsol Trestle was used to service the forestry industry and the famed King Solomon's Mines. The bridge eventually succumbed to years of wear and vandalism and was closed due to poor shape. Unfortunately, if you wanted to travel south on the Trans-Canada Trail across the Koksilah River you had to take a detour around the Kinsol Trestle by quite some distance through Koksilah River Provincial Park and back to Shawnigan Lake via Renfrew Road.

Kinsol Trestle Revitalized
This was all changed in 2011 when it was re-opened to the public after a major project revitalizing the bridge with a new capital through the Cowichan Regional District, funding and donations.

Accommodation
If you do want to stay near Cobble Hill or in the Cowichan Regional District there is a wide array of accommodation ranging from hotels, motels, Bed & Breakfasts and camping facilities at Bamberton Provincial Park just south of Mill Bay.

Cowichan Valley Regional District
Other communities in the CRD near Cobble Hill all within 30 minutes include Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Station, Duncan, Glenora, and Shawnigan Lake.

E & N Railway
If you enjoy a train ride you can take a small commuter train called the E & N on Vancouver Island, Cobble Hill has a railway stop if you would like to take the train from Victoria or from other communities along the line.

Grape Escape MS Bike
If you enjoy a great cause try an August favourite - the annual Grape Escape MS Bike Tour. This bike event combines the natural landscapes of the warm Cowichan Valley sunshine with a great tour of local Cobble Hill wineries and other Cowichan Valley Vineyards.

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Cobble Hill Post Office
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E&N Railway Stop
E&N Railway Stop

 
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