Escape the City

Tofino Plane Crash Hike

If you want to feel like you’ve stepped straight onto the set of Lost (is that reference lost on people now??), this is a fun little hike to do near Tofino that is unique and usually gets you away from the crowds. The Tofino Plane Crash Hike takes you to the site of a Royal Canadian Air Force Canso 11007 (a plane) that crashed shortly after takeoff on February 12, 1945.

The plane still remains remarkably intact despite the obvious damage caused by the initial crash. The hike itself is a fun-filled, muddy adventure that is located just south of Radar Hill. It’s well marked and relatively easy, but you may find yourself losing time and shoes if you get stuck in the mud.

The directions of the Tofino Plane Crash Hike itself are well documented at and start off at the lower parking lot at Radar Hill. You’ll have to count telephone poles until you reach the 15th telephone pole south of the Radar Hill turnoff. When you are close, you will see a very small drawing of a plane on the telephone pole. That means you are in the right place!

From there, continue on the trail as you quickly move away from the noise of the highway. Within 1km you’ll reach a creepy, old abandoned building. Go left inside the building, past the spray painted words saying the “Trail is this way”, and exit out of the back of the building. Continue following the markers until you get to the plane.

Note: the trail gets very muddy after heavy rain!

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