Train Wreck Hike, Whistler, Canada

Our original plan when we flew to Seattle in August 2023 was to start our trip by visiting North Cascades, but fires kept us away. We changed our plans and headed to Whistler instead. It turns out fires in British Columbia’s wine country had polluted the air in Whistler as well. Despite the smog, we decided to hike the Train Wreck trail. I am so happy we did. It’s a beautiful and popular 5.6-mile loop. We walked along the Cheakamus River then across a suspension bridge to the trainwreck site.

The wreck took place on August 11, 1956 when the train went off the rails derailing twelve boxcars. At that time, trains were the only way to move people and resources. The boxcars that were too damaged were left on this site. The area became popular with hikers and graffiti artists. It soon became a colorful outdoor gallery. After finishing the loop, we continued to the waterfall to the right of the main trail where we happened upon three kayakers. I watched in wonder as they jumped the rushing waterfall. Check out the videos below to see them make the jump.

References AllTrail

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