A new suspension bridge opened this weekend is giving visitors and residents legal access to one of Whistler’s favourite destinations for the first time: the Train Wreck.
The bridge creates “a safe, legal access point” to the area, which features graffiti-covered train cars and stunning views of the Cheakamus River. For years the site was accessed illegally by walking along the CN Rail track from Function Junction. After CN began handing out tickets to trespassers in 2013, the Resort Municipality of Whistler wanted to come up with a legal way to get to the popular hiking and mountain biking spot.
The pedestrian bridge crosses the river and connects Train Wreck to the Sea to Sky Trail. Associated trail connections have also been built on either side of the bridge.
“The Train Wreck site and trail is a unique, authentic Whistler experience, and it is exciting to now be able to provide a safe way for people to access it,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden in a release. “Visiting the site and taking in the beautiful views of Cheakamus River is an excellent activity to do this summer, whether mountain biking or hiking. A huge thank you to the Province of British Columbia for making this new amenity possible.”
The total budget for the project was $176,000, funded through the provincial Resort Municipality Initiative.
The bridge can be accessed off Jane Lakes Road in Cheakamus Crossing from two locations: the multi-use singletrack “Trash” Trail or the double track Sea to Sky Trail. Parking is available in the Whistler Interpretive Forest parking lot off Cheakamus Lake Road at Highway 99.