In 1945, just months before the end of WWII, a Canso bomber crashed into the side of a hill just outside Tofino, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island. All 12 people survived thanks to the quick thinking pilot, but the plane was heavily damaged, and has since been sitting perched on the side of the hill, an hour plus hike from the nearest road. There is no distinct foot path to the site, only fluorescent ribbons marked the way through the bog as we stepped from roots to rocks, sometimes swinging on branches to avoid falling knee deep in the mud below.
For over 70 years, the plane has sat in the bog. Most of parts and gear in the plane have been stripped and taken away, but the body remains as vegetation has grown through and all around the plane.
Graffiti, tags, and writing from visitors from all over the world who have managed to find the crashed plane covers much of the plane’s exterior and interior.
You won’t find the plane on any tourist brochures or website. The trail head is next to a no parking sign about 1km south of the Radar Hill parking lot on the Pacific Coast Highway. The trail first passes through an abandoned building and then its a little more than an hour to the plane. Rubber boots strongly recommended!