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Canso Plane Crash Site

Historical landmark


Alberni-Clayoquot C, BC V0R 2Z0, Canada

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4.70 (107 reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Saturday: Open 24 hours
  • Sunday: (Easter), Open 24 hours, Hours might differ
  • Monday: (Easter Monday), Open 24 hours, Hours might differ
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours

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Frequently mentioned in reviews: muddy (7) hike (7) trail (6) plane (6)
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  • 5/5 Neil B. 2 years ago on Google
    Very easy to get to no need to count the poles or walk along the highway. Walk on the paved walkway parallel to the highway take a right onto the first well used path(old road). That takes you to the old building then either go through it or around it and take the path down on the left. The bog has many boards making it easy to travel and not all muddy. Great piece of history to see
    6 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 2/5 kiana L. 2 years ago on Google
    Over rated… Not marked properly and harder to find. We had to read all the reviews to figure out how to get there and where to park. Recommend you to do the same before you go. Otherwise the GPS takes you in the middle of highway and says start walking here. No parking nothing. The hike itself is not that beautiful to enjoy the journey. The plain wasn’t that interesting for us to look forward for the destination. So think it over before you go. We waited a few dry days passed and then went there to avoid the mud and yet it was super muddy. The beginning is just gravel trail, so easy. You get to the building and then it’s root climbing and mud surfing to the bottom then it’s the planks that you walk on them and that part is easier as well. At the end it’s very difficult climb to get to the plain. Everyone said 30-40 min, I think they are super heroes or very fast runners. I am slower than average people with a broken leg and it took me 1hr and half to get there and 1hr and half to get back to our car. Not to forget it was $15 for 2 people in one car to park that is crazy 😑 I would not go back and don’t recommend this trail unless you are crazy about plains or something.
    5 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Ruairi O. 2 years ago on Google
    About a 30 minute hike from the nearest parking lot, half bike path and half gravel/mud. Definitely recommend bringing hiking boots, wellies or sandals if you’re brave enough - the trail was very uneven and muddy after the halfway mark. The plane itself is extremely interesting with both engines still at the crash site, you can see inside the cockpit and even walk in or on the plane if you’re careful. Highly recommend this if you’re in the era, it only took us about two hours round-trip and is well worth a visit.
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Matt 2 years ago on Google
    One of the best hikes I've ever done. Well recommended if you're up for a bit of an adventure, as you need to bear in mind it's an unofficial trail. There was a lot of jumping to avoid puddles and climbing over tree roots/trunks involved. It's definitely not wheelchair friendly but nothing too strenuous for an average able bodied person. I visited during heavy rainfall and got a little muddy climbing over fallen trees and jumping over wet mud, but there are now wooden planks over the worst of the bog section, so no need to go through any knee deep mud/water as some older blogs mention. There's also now a path from Radar Hill Road to the trail head, so no need to walk along the highway. Well worth the effort, even in the pouring rain, but bring walking boots or old trainers if possible! As casual hikers, we got there in around 1.5 hours (including some time taking photos of the plane and abandoned radar station) at a leisurely pace and back in around 45 minutes at a faster pace.
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 DandyLandPuff Plays M. 1 year ago on Google
    We had fun arguing the entire hike. I am 62 and had a 15 year old and a 70 year old along. It was totally doable but if you are older you might want a walking stick to help with balance. Beautiful flora and interesting fungi and lichen as well.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Kelly P. 1 year ago on Google
    It's a nice hike. Took us about 50 minutes from the car one way. Apparently it gets quite muddy but we went in the summertime. It's not too hard to hike it but it was a bit confusing at times. I relied on the voices of other familes are confirmation we were still going the right way. That being said, I recommend an early start to avoid the crowds. We some some Stellar Jays up close. We were all happy we checked it out.

  • 5/5 Jessica V. 1 year ago on Google
    We enjoyed this short trail (walk) to the plane. It was about 45mins each way. It only got a bit muddy at the end but there are wood placed strategically to help your steps. The plane was pretty much intact. Don’t understand why there’s so much graffiti on the plane🙄 I must say, the radio tower looked very scary and freaky so we just walked around it and didn’t go in

  • 4/5 K M. 1 year ago on Google
    I would consider this a moderate hike, with thr toughest part being the scramble near the end over the tree roots and mud. About 45 mins each way. It was not muddy during our visit, but it was October at the end of a very dry season. Appropriate footwear highly recommended. Worth the hike!

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