Shawnigan Lake to Lake Cowichan t56

Map Legend: 

t56 Shawnigan Lake to Lake Cowichan 49k on the Trans Canada Trail 

GPS Downloads

  • KML/KMZ files can be opened in Google Earth, and many smartphone apps.
  • GPX files can be opened by most GPS software apps when KMZ cannot. Note, GPX files do not contain custom colours and icons that we use on our maps; all tracks and icons will appear the same colours and styles. We recommend using KMZ instead when possible.
  • GPX-Garmin are GPX files that we have optimized for older Garmin units that only display tracks that contain 500 points or less (such as Garmin eTrex units).

Visit our GPS & Navigation page for instructions of how to use your smartphone as a GPS device (even when outside of data coverage) or how to import data to your Garmin unit.

About the Journey: 

For a more detail descriptions go to this Trans Canada Trail Link on Trails BC website. This former rail corridor includes many spectacular sites including the now famous Kinsol Trestle.  While much of this route needs upgrading it is still very cyclable.  For a shorter route one can skip Lake Cowichan making for a 38k ride.  Allow a good 5 hours to do the whole route.  You will likely want to spend extra time at the Kinsol Trestle and at Skutz Falls.