Mt. Bolduc Plane Crash Site

History of the Mt. Bolduc Plane Crash

In 2005 the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Coop developed two Mt. Bolduc Crash site signs in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #210. One sign is a storyboard with all the pertinent information including a picture of the plane and the other sign marks the trail from the main road to the crash site.

John Rowley of Honeymoon Bay, was also involved.  He has been a driving force to protect and acquire recognition for the site. Workers from the Pacheedaht First Nations built the trail to the site on behalf of the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Cooperative.

On November 5th 2005, with the signage in place and a light snow falling, the group depicted in the photo visited the site with a wreath to mark Remembrance Day. It was a moving experience for all who attended that day.

During World War II on April 25, 1944 a Lockheed Ventura Coastal Patrol Plane with a crew of 6 became disoriented on a flight from Patricia Bay to Tofino. The plane crashed on Mt. Bolduc with no survivors. A Cairn located nearby marks the grave and records the names of the crew.

Loggers from the Lake Logging Company, at Rounds (located on the Gordon River) reported the crash and were instrumental in leading the Royal Canadian Air Force personnel to the crash site. A short time later the Air Force organized an expedition including a Coroner, Padres and others to conduct a burial and funeral service. 

The Cowichan Lake Community Forest Cooperative was pleased to have been involved in this worthwhile project.

More Information

Visit ‘The Kaatza Station Museum’, located in Lake Cowichan to see a scaled model of the plane.  (Other details about the crash are part of their collection.) 

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