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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.

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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