February 1st, 2023: The beautiful murals that make Whistler Train Wreck the magical place it is today began appearing in 2011 when this hidden place was known by just a few Whistler locals. Artists ranging from aspiring graffiti artists that mostly remain unnamed, to tremendously gifted professional mural artists like KupsKups is a prolific mural artist with stunning works that can be seen all over Whistler and the lower mainland.  Remnants of one of his hauntingly beautiful murals can be found inside the first boxcar you come to after crossing the bridge into Whistler Train Wreck.

Whistler & Garibaldi Hiking

Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerAlexander Falls  Moderate Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyAncient Cedars  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerBlack Tusk  Pay Use Hiking Trail WhistlerBlackcomb Mountain  Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerBrandywine Falls  Moderate/Hard Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyBrandywine Meadows  Moderate/Hard Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyBrew Lake  Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerCallaghan Lake  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerCheakamus Lake  Whistler Hiking Trail EasyCheakamus River  Whistler Hiking Trail HardCirque Lake  Whistler Hiking Trail EasyFlank Trail  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerGaribaldi Lake  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerGaribaldi Park  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerHelm Creek  Moderate Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyJane Lakes  Joffre Lakes Hike in Whistler in SeptemberJoffre Lakes  Moderate Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyKeyhole Hot Springs  Hiking Trail Hard Dog FriendlyLogger’s Lake  Whistler Hiking Trail EasyMadeley Lake  Moderate/Hard Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyMeager Hot Springs Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerNairn Falls  Whistler Hiking Trail HardNewt Lake  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerPanorama Ridge  Whistler Hiking Trail EasyParkhurst Ghost Town  Hiking Trail Hard Dog FriendlyRainbow Falls  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerRainbow Lake  Moderate/Hard Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyRing Lake  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerRusset Lake  Whistler Hiking Trail EasySea to Sky Trail  Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerSkookumchuck Hot Springs  Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerSloquet Hot Springs  Sproatt East  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerSproatt West  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerTaylor Meadows  Whistler Hiking Trail EasyTrain Wreck  Hiking Trail Hard - Whistler TrailsWedgemount Lake  Pay Use Hiking Trail WhistlerWhistler Mountain

  Winter Hiking WhistlerJanuary  Winter Hiking WhistlerFebruary  Spring Hiking WhistlerMarch  Spring Hiking WhistlerApril  Spring Hiking WhistlerMay  Summer Hiking WhistlerJune  Summer Hiking WhistlerJuly  Summer Hiking WhistlerAugust  Fall Hiking WhistlerSeptember  Fall Hiking WhistlerOctober  Fall Hiking WhistlerNovember  Winter Hiking WhistlerDecember

Alexander Falls  Brandywine Falls  Cirque Falls  Best Whistler Waterfalls - Holloway FallsHolloway Falls  Keyhole Falls  Nairn Falls  Rainbow Falls  Shannon Falls  Train Wreck Falls  Wedgemount Falls

It all began in the summer of 2011 when several Whistler artists, organized by local legend Chili Thom, who dubbed the event "The Train Wreck Paint Jam", arrived created this wonderful place. Several murals at the Paint Jam in 2011 were gorgeous.  Brilliantly coloured and surreal in such an unusual, tranquil and hidden forest with seven mangled train boxcars scattered.  Like some sort of haunting art gallery, the boxcars are actually spaced somewhat randomly and far apart.  Two are still joined, two more scattered a few dozen metres away and three more several hundred metres away.  The spacing of the boxcars means you have to hike a bit and search the forest for the next discovery.  When you find another boxcar, you then have a few possible canvasses to explore.  The murals usually adorn the length, or part of the outside of a car.  If laying on its side, the roof becomes the canvas.  In the case of the Hidden Agenda boxcar, which lays on its side, the inside wall(ceiling actually) is the canvas for the stunning Hidden Agenda mural(pictured here).

The Hidden Agenda Mural by Kups in 2011

The Hidden Agenda by Kups

Painted on the Ceiling of the Wrecked Boxcar

The Hidden Agenda - Whistler Train Wreck

The Mural That Made Whistler Train Wreck Famous

Whistler Train Wreck Kups Hidden Agenda

Hidden Ladies Mural

Though most of the murals at Whistler Train Wreck are big, bright and hard to miss, others are not so easy to spot.. yet stunningly beautiful.  On the outside of the Hidden Agenda car, on the end facing away from the river you will find a strange, usually brightly coloured metal wheel attached to the car.  As the car is laying on its side, the wheel would have been at the top of a ladder and must have been used to open and close something.  The ladder is also still there, mangled, horizontal and usually brightly coloured similar to the wheel.  Around the same time Kups was painting the Hidden Agenda mural, another marvellous work of art was created in this unlikely spot.  Easy to miss, the Hidden mural covered more than half of the outside end of the boxcar.

 The Hidden Ladies Mural in 2011 - Artist Unknown

The Hidden Ladies Mural

Hidden Ladies Mural Whistler Train Wreck

Corrugated Canvas Part of the Design

What made the Hidden Ladies mural so impressive is not just the intricate texture and seemingly chaotic colouring, but the fact that the corrugated metal of the 'canvas' was incorporated into it.  The arm of the figure in the centre runs along the deep bend in the metal and continues into the shadow that defines the legs.  We haven't figured out the artist behind this mesmerizing mural, but we're working on it.  Sadly this extraordinary work of art didn't last long before being covered by a pointless and random collage of junk graffiti.  Unfortunately, pictured below is how it appears more recently.

The Hidden Ladies Were Long Gone in 2019

This Hidden Car Outside in 2019

The Mic Man Mural

After crossing the bridge to Whistler Train Wreck you come to the Hidden Agenda car and sloping down to the edge overlooking Cheakamus River was once the Prism Car.  The next wrecked boxcar you come to is, or once was the Mic Man car.  This train wreck turned canvas is probably the most painted car in all of Whistler Train Wreck.  It first came to life with brilliant colour back in 2011, when Kups painted a brilliantly surreal, cartoonish mural of a zombie-like man singing into a microphone.  He is wearing a mask over his head like an old school wrestler from the 70's would have worn.  On the forehead of the mask it appears to be a Canadian flag.  His zombie-like sideways stare can be seen through the eye holes and mouth/nose hole.  The mural once covered the entire side of the train car and it seems likely that most or all of it was done by Kups.  No obvious "Kups" signature could be spotted, however along the end of the very mangled boxcar the mural seems to continue and there the Kups signature was located.  Brilliantly coloured and surreal in such an unusual, tranquil and hidden forest with seven mangled train boxcars scattered.  Whistler Train Wreck went from a curiously interesting, old train wreck site, to a brilliant collection of stunning murals during that one summer night in 2011.  Located on a particularly beautiful stretch of Cheakamus River, the Whistler Train Wreck is a collection of seven boxcars that were craned into the forest here after derailing in 1956.  Desperate to get the train tracks cleared after the boxcars jumped the rails and wedged in the rock cut nearby, a local logging company brought in a 35 tonne crane and yanked them into the forest.  The boxcars lay in the forest here as junk for decades until they were brought to life in 2011 by local artists that turned the train wrecks into beautiful works of art.

The Mic Man Train Wreck Mural in 2019

Mic Man Train Wreck Mural 2011

2011 Whistler Train Wreck Mic Man

Mic Man Car Becomes the Devil Car in 2014

In 2012 and 2013, the surreal and beautiful Mic Man mural was painted over by random and not very impressive graffiti.  Turning this boxcar into an ugly mess of boring graffiti.  In 2014, another mural artist came along, painted the entire side of the boxcar a dull rust colour and then painted a beautifully cartoonish devil.  The mural stretched across the open door to the end of the car.  NL666 is written in the bottom corner and large graffiti letters engulf the devil character.  Due to the apparent popularity of this well positioned Whistler Train Wreck boxcar, the devil mural was soon buried in random graffiti.

The Mic Man Car Becomes the Devil Car in 2014

2014 Mic Man Car became the Devil Car

2014 Train Wreck Mural The Devil

2014 Train Wreck Mural The Devil

2014 Train Wreck Mural The Devil

The Devil Car Painted Over

By 2017 the once striking Mic Man mural and vibrantly beautiful Devil mural were long gone.  A lot of layers of graffiti compete for space.  Interestingly, where the Mic Man once appeared with his wrestler-like mask, in 2017 now had another cartoonish, wrestler hood wearing character.  Just the head floating on the exact spot the Mic Man once was, or still is.. under several layers of paint that cover this ever-changing car since 2011.

The Devil Mural Lone Gone in 2017

Whistler Train Wreck Mic Man Car in 2017

The new hooded man was soon covered over yet again by a messy collection of graffiti and on the right side of the open door, a striking and very large mural of graffiti-style letters, painted in a brilliant blue.  Whistler Train Wreck changes dramatically from year to year and often week to week.

This Popular Canvas in 2018

Whistler Train Wreck Mic Man Car in 2018

Greatness Mural

Whistler Train Wreck has been home to several stunning murals painted on the old wrecked boxcars.  Mixed with graffiti art, some of murals stand out from the rest.  In 2014 a beautiful mural was painted at Whistler Train Wreck in an unmistakably Salish style.  A killer whale stretches in an abrupt arc with other surreal looking animal faces meshed along the body.  Framed by a pink border and a large, golden sun-like disk behind, the brightly designed mural stands out sharply against the mess of graffiti covering the rest of the boxcar.

Whistler Train Wreck Greatness Mural in 2014

Whistler Train Wreck Greatness Car

If You Want to Achieve Greatness...

At one end of the boxcar a small, stencilled square of writing: "If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission."  This beautiful mural, signed by the Kups in 2014 is one of several of his beautiful murals that make, or made Whistler Train Wreck an amazing place to visit.  Unfortunately, like many other of the wonderful Whistler Train Wreck murals, this one is long gone.  Covered over by the almost continuous additions to this wild and beautiful place.

If You Want to Achieve Greatness Stop Asking for Permission

Whistler Train Wreck Greatness Mural

Whistler Train Wreck Greatness Mural

The Prism Mural

The Prism mural was- once found perched at the edge of Cheakamus River near the Whistler Train Wreck suspension bridge.  After you cross the bridge and approach Whistler Train Wreck you see an information board and the first two wrecked and marvellously painted boxcars.  The one on the left has the beautiful Hidden Agenda mural painted inside, painted by Kups in 2011.  On the boxcar on the right, and on other side was once the beautiful mural by Soak of a cartoonish character staring at a prism.

Whistler Train Wreck Prism Mural in 2011

Whistler Train Wreck - The Prism

The masked creature with horns is surrounded by bright, blue graffiti style lettering.  The Prism mural was one of the original murals from 2011.  Whistler Train Wreck went from a curiously interesting, old train wreck site, to a brilliant collection of stunning murals during that one summer night in 2011.

Whistler Train Wreck Prism Car 2011

Whistler Train Wreck Prism Car

Pineapple Ring Neck Tie by Kups

Of the marvellous works of art that were painted that summer, Kups has the most impressive and long lasting murals in Whistler Train Wreck.  One bizarre and beautiful mural once hid further out from the other wrecked train cars.  Walking into the woods for about 5 minutes once brought you to the stunning Kups mural called Pineapple Ring Neck Tie, created in 2011.  This large, colourful mural once covered half the side of one of the old train wrecks and stretches from bottom to top. Though long since been painted over, this is how it once looked in 2011, not long after Kups painted this haunting, zombie character with a pineapple ring neck tie.

Whistler Train Wreck Kups Zombie

Whistler Train Wreck Kups Pineapple Ring Neck Tie Zombie Winter

Pineapple Ring Neck Tie Time Lapse

Painted by Kups in 2011, during the Paint Jam which turned Whistler Train Wreck into something beautiful and extraordinary.

Whistler Train Wreck Run Mural by Kups

On the other side of the Pineapple Ring Neck Tie Zombie by Kups, mangled boxcar two other interesting murals were located.  One painted in 2011(same time as Pineapple Ring Neck Tie mural was painted), and another painted in 2014.  RUN was painted in a large and unexpectedly striking mural.  Partly concealed by the forest, the letters appear quite suddenly and can't help but make you laugh out loud.  As if in some comedy/horror film where the hero stumbles upon some message left by others.  Painted, as it was, at the same time as the Kups Pineapple Ring Neck Tie Zombie mural, it appears to be the warning for the zombie on the other side of the train wreck.  Unsigned, except for the year '2011', it seems likely that it was also painted by Kups.

RUN Mural at Whistler Train Wreck

Kups RUN Zombie Mural

RUN and Bear Zombie Mural by Kups

Another beautiful mural, and yet another continuation to the Kups Pineapple Ring Neck Tie Zombie and RUN murals appeared in 2014.  Kups added to the side opposite the zombie, a grizzly bear zombie.  This zombie eyed grizzly bear was painted on the same side of the boxcar as the RUN mural, though on the opposite side of the open door.  Sadly, the RUN mural was spray painted over in the years between 2011 and 2014.  In 2014, however, the Kups Zombie was still beautifully intact.  It wasn't until the last couple years that it was covered over by random, pointless spray paint.

Kups Zombie Grizzly at Whistler Train Wreck

Kups Zombie Grizzly at Whistler Train Wreck

Whistler Train Wreck Continued Here...

More Whistler Updates!

February 11th, 2023: What trails are good this week?  Driving up into the mountains is a great way to seek out some springtime snow.  Alexander Falls is ...
Read More
January 2nd, 2023: The Rubble Creek trailhead to Garibaldi Provincial Park is consistently snowplowed this season.  The two kilometre access road is still ...
Read More
Sept 25th, 2022: Newt Lake is a fantastic, emerald coloured and very hidden lake up on the far side of Cougar Mountain.  In the busy summer months you are not ...
Read More
February 10th, 2023: There are plenty of dog friendly snowshoe trails in Whistler.  They range from easy and quick to get to, to a bit of a drive and a bit ...
Read More

Amazing Hiking Trails in Whistler

Whistler & Garibaldi Park Hiking Glossary A to Z

Chimney: a gap between two vertical faces of rock or ice.  Often a chimney offers the only viable route to the summit of a mountain.  An example of this is Black ...
Read more
Wedge Creek cuts through the valley that separates Wedge Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain and empties into Green River near the north end of Green Lake.  ...
Read more
Coast Douglas-fir trees are medium to extremely large trees that you will encounter in Whistler and Garibaldi Park. They are the second tallest conifer ...
Read more
Russet Lake sits in a wide, glacier carved valley at the base of The Fissile.  In the direction opposite The Fissile, up on a plateau less than a ...
Read more
Ablation Zone: the lower altitude region of a glacier where there is a net loss of ice mass due to melting, sublimation, evaporation, ice calving or ...
Read more
The Garibaldi Ranges are a subdivision of the Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains.  Deriving its name from Mount Garibaldi, the Garibaldi Ranges cover ...
Read more
Adjacent to the huge Caterpillar tractor in Parkhurst is a large disintegrating wooden dock that is a great place to take in the wonderful view of Green ...
Read more
Surprisingly often in Whistler's forests you will find a tree growing on an old fallen tree or out of a decaying tree stump. Decaying logs and stumps in ...
Read more

Whistler & Garibaldi Park Best Hiking by Month!

May is an extraordinarily beautiful time of year in Whistler. The days are longer and warmer and a great lull in between seasons happens. Whistler is fairly quiet ...
Read more
June is a pretty amazing month to hike in Whistler and Garibaldi Park. The average low and high temperatures in Whistler range from 9c to 21c(48f/70f). ...
Read more
July is a wonderful time to hike in Whistler and Garibaldi Provincial Park.  The weather is beautiful and the snow on high elevation hiking trails is long ...
Read more
August hiking in Whistler definitely has the most consistently great, hot weather.  You can feel the rare pleasure of walking across a glacier shirtless and ...
Read more

Free Camping Gear Delivery to Garibaldi Park

Explore BC Hiking Destinations!

Whistler Hiking Trails

Hiking in Whistler is spectacular and wonderfully varied. Looking at a map of Whistler you see an extraordinary spider web of hiking trails that are unbelievably numerous. Easy trails, moderate trails and challenging hiking trails are all available. Another marvellous ...
Read more

Squamish Hiking Trails

Squamish is located in the midst of a staggering array of amazing hiking trails. Garibaldi Provincial Park sprawls alongside Squamish and up and beyond Whistler. Tantalus Provincial Park lays across the valley to the west and the wonderfully remote Callaghan Valley ...
Read more

Vancouver Hiking Trails

Vancouver is surrounded by seemingly endless hiking trails and mountains to explore.  Massive parks line up one after another.  Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Lynn Canyon Park, Grouse Mountain, Cypress Park and the enormous Garibaldi Park all contribute to Vancouver ...
Read more

Clayoquot Hiking Trails

Clayoquot Sound has a staggering array of hiking trails within it.  Between Tofino and Ucluelet, Pacific Rim Park has several wilderness and beach trails, each one radically different from the last.  The islands in the area are often Provincial parks on their own with ...
Read more

Victoria Hiking Trails

Victoria has a seemingly endless number of amazing hiking trails.  Most take you to wild and beautiful Pacific Ocean views and others take you to tranquil lakes in beautiful BC Coastal Rainforest wilderness.  Regional Parks and Provincial Parks are everywhere you turn in ...
Read more

The West Coast Trail

The West Coast Trail was created after decades of brutal and costly shipwrecks occurred along the West Coast of Vancouver Island.  One shipwreck in particular was so horrific, tragic and unbelievable that it forced the creation of a trail along the coast, which ...
Read more