Travel Step-by-Step at Home and Beyond

Author: Katrina

Explore the Beauty of Harrison Hot Springs in Autumn

Explore the Beauty of Harrison Hot Springs in Autumn

Vancouver is a beautiful city with an endless array of places to visit and things to do, but the beauty of British Columbia extends farther than the lower mainland. There are so many amazing places to visit on a day trip from the city, particularly […]

A Summer Must: A Night at the Drive-In!

A Summer Must: A Night at the Drive-In!

They are few and far between, but if you are in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley then a night at the Twilight Drive-In theatre is a summer must; perfect for families, friends, and date nights! And with the summer coming to a close, it is the […]

Explore Whistler’s Iconic Train Wreck Trail

Explore Whistler’s Iconic Train Wreck Trail

Any Vancouverite can tell you that some of the best hiking in the province is found in and around Whistler, just a couple hours outside Vancouver, BC. Some of the most Instagram-worthy shots are found amongst picturesque glacial lakes like Garibaldi or Joffre Lake. However, these can involve quite a bit of advanced hiking and full day excursions.

Train Wreck Trail, on the other hand, is an easy, family-friendly hike just a 10-minute drive outside of the village. The trail leads to where a timber-laden train derailed over 60 years ago. Today, the mangled boxcars are scattered over a 1km radius and have become an extraordinary bike park, hiking destination, and iconic work of art for Whistler.

Cheakamus River

Located just south of Whistler, the Train Wreck Trail follows a gravel path as it winds its way through the towering cedar and fir trees, alongside the emerald green rapids of the Cheakamus River. Where the path meets the river, you cross a newly-completed, wooden-planked suspension bridge which offers some fantastic views of the mountain river rushing below.

Cheakamus River in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Cheakamus River in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Cheakamus River in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

The Train Wreck

The train derailed in 1956 just south of Whistler when it came to an area of repair along the tracks, traveling at more than twice the speed limit (35mph in a 15mph zone). To clear the tracks, the seven battered boxcars were strewn amongst the dense forest, where they still lie today. Over the decades, the adventurous mountain bikers have turned the train cars into a series of complicated jumps and tracks. At the same time, the abandoned cars also became a destination for graffiti artists. A sign at the site even notes that 40 years ago, in an Australian travel guide, the boxcars appeared as a place to stay cheaply in Whistler!

The combination of the lush green surroundings, the impossibility of where the boxcars rest, and the colourful graffiti art layered amongst the metal has made the Train Wreck one of Whistler’s most unique and photographed spots.

Train Wreck Trail, Whistler, Canada

Train Wreck Trail in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Train Wreck Trail in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Train Wreck Trail in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Train Wreck Trail in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Train Wreck Trail in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Train Wreck Trail in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Train Wreck Trail in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Train Wreck Trail in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Train Wreck Trail in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Train Wreck Trail in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Train Wreck Trail in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Train Wreck Trail in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Train Wreck Trail in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Train Wreck Trail in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

 

Train Wreck Trail in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Train Wreck Trail in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

While it is a quick and easy 30 minute hike, it is definitely recommended to allow yourself plenty of time to explore the boxcars. The Train Wreck Trail follows the Sea to Sky Trail as it winds through the Cheakamus Valley. For the best driving and parking directions, I recommend checking out the Vancouver Trails website, where they provide maps and other useful details about the trail.

If you are looking for more easy hiking adventures from the city, make sure to check out the Othello Tunnels Trail! You can also read about where to find the best post-hike doughnuts in Vancouver (because you did good with all that hiking, you deserve a treat!)

I hope you enjoyed this post, please let me know in the comments below if you have any other hiking favourites in BC or beyond!

 

Photo Diary: Exploring the Othello Tunnels near Hope, BC

Photo Diary: Exploring the Othello Tunnels near Hope, BC

Built in the early 1900s by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Othello Tunnels were designed to link the Kootenay Region with the BC coast by rail. Carved through the solid granite walls of the Coquihalla Canyon, the railway crossed over the rushing Coquihalla River via a […]

9 Budget-Friendly Toronto Activities

9 Budget-Friendly Toronto Activities

Toronto is an expansive metropolis with an endless array of things to do and see, but it can get expensive – especially if you are here for more than just a couple of days. I have been here for the past two months, and this […]

A Day in Toronto: Doors Open 2017

A Day in Toronto: Doors Open 2017

No matter the time of year, Toronto is a buzzing metropolis with an endless variety of things to do and see. That being said, summer is really the best time to visit the city – explore the festivals, wander the markets, immerse yourself in the diverse coming-together of cultures. This past weekend, the city hosted Doors Open Toronto, where participating venues opened their doors and offered tours to locals and visitors alike.

This year, in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, there were 150 different buildings that were free and open to the public – everything from water treatment plants to museums and breweries. With so much to choose from, it is impossible to see them all in one weekend. This itinerary includes 3 venues that I chose to visit based on interest, history and proximity.

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5 Places to Explore in London

5 Places to Explore in London

EXPLORING LONDON You can go to many cities and feel like you have seen everything you need to see in a day or two. However, time and time again, I find myself strolling through London’s cobbled streets, experiencing the city’s particular style of organized chaos, […]

10 Best Things To Do In Edinburgh

10 Best Things To Do In Edinburgh

I have been living in the UK on and off now for close to three years, and I still feel like I haven’t seen nearly enough of this island! That is why, when a friend invited me on a trip up North, I said yes […]

Reasons to Stay at an Airbnb During the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Reasons to Stay at an Airbnb During the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

You know when you hear about something and think, “Hey, that’s a really smart idea, I should try that!” – and then just never do it? That’s me with Airbnb.

The concept of Airbnb – individuals renting out their homes to travellers – has always sounded intriguing to me. I love the variety of accommodation that this type of house sharing provides! It also allows visitors to see the destination from a local’s perspective.

However, despite this curiosity and intrigue, I still had never done it – until I visited the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and officially lost my Airbnb virginity.

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

If you haven’t visited the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before, now is the time to go. With this year’s Fringe Festival kicking off in August, you still have time to get tickets! Here are the 10 reasons why you need to start planning your trip today!