Whistler Train Wreck

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One of Whistler's most unique hiking areas is Whistler Train Wreck. As its name implies, this nearly 3-mile-long trail is best known for its train cars, which were moved to the site in 1956 after falling off a nearby track. Local artists have since decorated the cars with colorful graffiti. The path also crosses a suspension bridge and offers views of the Cheakamus River.

Although a few previous travelers had trouble locating the trailhead (the unmarked access point by the gravel parking lot near Jane Lakes Road), many said it's a "cool" attraction that's worth seeing. Some visitors also suggest bringing your camera, while others recommend packing a picnic lunch to enjoy on-site.

The Whistler Train Wreck site is situated roughly halfway between Brandywine Falls Provincial Park and Whistler Village by the Sea-to-Sky Highway. Public transportation is not available nearby, so visitors will need to drive to the trail. Complimentary parking is provided on-site, and the dog-friendly trail is free to access 24 hours a day. Both hiking and mountain biking are permitted on the path.

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In Whistler, this is the main event. Hordes of skiers and snowboarders flock to Whistler Blackcomb every year and for good reason – its slopes stretch across more than 8,100 acres of 200-plus trails, offer terrain to accommodate all skill levels and see an annual average snowfall of around 40 feet. Stunt-lovers can practice tricks on the ramps and half pipes in any of the five terrain parks, while less-experienced skiers can glide down one of the 7-mile-long trails that wind across the mountains, which are not as steep as the mountains' more challenging runs.

But this resort isn't only for skiers and boarders. Other wintertime activities visitors can check out include snowshoeing, tubing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and zip lining. Meanwhile, summer visitors can go biking and hiking or try whitewater rafting or canoeing on the surrounding rapids, lakes and rivers. And be sure to wind down and relax after a day full of activity with an après-ski drink. You'll find plenty of drink and food specials at the bars and restaurants around town.

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