If you go down to the Canadian woods today – you’re in for a big surprise!
Nestled amongst the trees, deep in the woodland outside of Whistler in Canada, there lies the skeleton of an old, abandoned train. The story goes that this train derailed some years ago, and rather than try to tow it back onto the road and repair it, people instead pushed it into the woods to rot.
The woodland here alone is enough for a visit. The ground is wrapped in a soft blanket of yellow-green moss, and is sprinkled with little rickety bridges and softly flowing streams. It was super peaceful walking through the forest, and we both commented on how beautiful and colourful was.
To get here, you can park up at a designated parking lot, near Cheakamus Crossing. Search for ‘Parking Lot for Train Wreck Trail’ on Google Maps and you should find it!
Most of the way to the train from where we parked the car (we actually parked just off the highway so had a longer hike), we found a little indication that we may just be in the right spot…
This was our first glimpse of the train after rounding a corner. Just peering out from under the trees, brushed by firs and warped by the elements. The graffiti actually even seemed to just make it even more beautiful to look at, with its explosions of colour and delicate shading.
Almost every inch of the carriages has been covered in artwork, and most of it to a really high standard. Just check out this wizard-character – so detailed!
One of my favourite bits of graffiti was this one below, as an ode to Van Gogh.
Maybe it was the eeriness of the abandoned transportation, or the fact that we were out in the middle of the woods, but I kept seeing faces in things. Don’t you think that this looks like a dragon? I was also really looking forward to Game of Thrones starting again at the time, so that probably had an influencing role too…
There are ladders that have been left all over the carriages, so you can haul yourself up and get a bird’s eye view of the area too. Skateboarders have moved in, and built skate ramps all around the woodland and the train carriages, some of them right across the top of these huge chunks of metal.
Isn’t there just something magical about abandoned places? Where’s your favourite?
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