The Victoria Experience

The Complete Guide to Victoria, British Columbia

Selkirk Trestle Water Pipe


More than 150 years ago potable water in the Gorge area was only available in local wells and creeks. Eventually, wooden pipes were used to move the available water around the area and these first consisted of bored-out wooden logs. Some time later local Coopers were employed to create pipes from wooden staves bound by iron rings. These wood pipes were used up until the late 1880s. 

Eventually, they were replaced with a more modern pipe system. However, the interested local history buff can see one of the original pipes at the start of the Selkirk Trestle on the Galloping Goose trail. It is mounted on a stand and has an information plaque next to it.