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Whistler Train Wreck Trail Hiking Trail

Explore abandoned railway boxcars from a 1950's train wreck

Essential info

About Whistler Train Wreck Trail

Whistler Train Wreck Trail is a 2 kilometer round trip hike that will take you to the site of a train derailment from the 1950’s where you’ll be able to see a number of railway boxcars scattered among towering cedar and fir trees beside the Cheakamus River.

Getting there

The Whistler Train Wreck Trailhead is about a 1.5 hour drive from Vancouver in the resort community of Whistler.

The parking lot for the trail is located at the Interpretive Forest parking off Cheakamus Lake Road on the east side of Highway 99 – turn left at the Function Junction lights when coming from the Village and the free parking area is the first left before the bus shelter. 

Trail description

The trail to Whistler Train Wreck is part of the Sea to Sky Trail. The beginning is a wide gravel multi-use track but once you turn off to the suspension bridge you will encounter some uneven surfaces – hiking shoes are recommended. 

The suspension bridge is approximately 1 kilometer from the trailhead with minimal elevation gain, and once you cross the bridge you are right in the middle of the Train Wreck site.

While the hike to Whistler Train Wreck is short you’ll want to leave plenty of time to explore all of the boxcars. Bring a camera to capture some of the scenery along the Cheakamus River and graffiti on the railway cars.

This trail is accessible year round. In the winter months you will need either snowshoes or micro-spikes to hike the trail.


According to research from the Whistler Museum, the train derailed in 1956 when a freighter heading south from Lillooet came into on an area under track repair with too much speed. 

The subsequent crash wedged the boxcars tightly into a narrow canyon-like section known as a rock cut and a local logging company owned by Whistler’s Valleau family was enlisted to remove the cars with their heavy-duty D8 Cat logging machines. 

Once pried loose the damaged cars were dragged up the tracks and rolled over into the forest where they remain today.


Where to stay

There is plenty of accommodation available in the resort town of Whistler.


Questions or comments? Let us know.

By Scott Dawson

Scott grew up in British Columbia, Canada and loves to share photographs of his adventures on scottdawsonphoto.com

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