Clayoquot Hiking Trail RatingRadar Hill is definitely one of the Tofino sights not to be missed.  It's a quick and easy walk to the top and the views are beautiful.   Definitely one of the few places in Tofino where you can see above the forest see where you are.  Almost everywhere else in Pacific Rim Park you are engulfed in trees or down by the ocean. 

  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProVery convenient from Tofino
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProEasy hike to towering views
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProInteresting Cold War history
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProKorean War memorial at viewpoint
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProFar less busy than other area sights
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProCement foundations still remain
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProAmazing place for a picnic
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ConTrail is very short
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ConNo official beach access nearby
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ConMost stay for just 15 minutes

Clayoquot Hiking Trails

  The Big Tree Trail Hot Springs Cove Lone Cone Nuu Chah Nulth Radar Beach Radar Hill Vargas Island Virgin Falls Wild Pacific Trail

Victoria Hiking Trails

  Victoria Hiking TrailAvatar Grove Victoria Hiking TrailBear Hill Victoria Hiking TrailEast Sooke Park Victoria Hiking TrailElk/Beaver Lake Victoria Hiking TrailEsquimalt Lagoon Easy Pay Hiking Trail VictoriaFort Rodd Hill Victoria Hiking TrailFrancis/King Victoria Hiking TrailGalloping Goose Victoria Hiking TrailGoldstream Park Victoria Hiking TrailGowlland Tod Victoria Hiking TrailGrass Lake Victoria Hiking TrailJohn Dean Park Victoria Hiking TrailJuan de Fuca Trail Victoria Hiking TrailLone Tree Hill Victoria Hiking TrailMill Hill Victoria Hiking TrailMount Doug Victoria Hiking TrailMount Tolmie Victoria Hiking TrailSooke Potholes Victoria Hiking TrailSpectacle Lake Victoria Hiking TrailThetis Lake Victoria Hiking TrailWitty's Lagoon

From Radar Hill you rise above everything and there is even a mapboard at the summit naming the visible landmarks you can see on a clear day.   Owing to Radar Hill being a military construction you can drive right to it.  The 100 metre walk to the top of the hill and viewpoints takes only five or so minutes.

Radar Hill dates back to 1954 and the early days of the Cold War.  The Soviet Union was seen as a nuclear threat and a series of radar stations were built by Canada and the Unites States.  Several lines of radar stations could provide warning of an attack from long range bombers.

Radar Hill was part of the Pinetree Line, the southernmost of these early warning radar lines.  Not long after its construction, however, the shift from long range bombers to intercontinental ballistic missiles made radar stations like Radar Hill obsolete.  Now, decades later, only the cement foundations of Radar Hill remain.  The large buildings that once housed the huge power generators, fuel tanks and control rooms are now the upper and lower Radar Hill parking areas.  At the top of the hill there are four large clearings.  These were the radar towers and now serve as viewing areas with seats and murals of the area and the wonderful Kap'yong Memorial.  In 1997, Canada and Korea declared the twinning of Pacific Rim National Park and the Hallyo Haesang Sea National Park(south coast of South Korea).  There is a large and moving memorial at the top of Radar Hill depicting the famous battle at Kap'yong during the Korea War.

Hike in Clayoquot

  The Big Tree Trail Hot Springs Cove Lone Cone Nuu Chah Nulth Radar Beach Radar Hill Vargas Island Virgin Falls Wild Pacific Trail 

Clayoquot Hiking Trails

At 53 metres, Virgin Falls is quite an impressive sight.  You walk through the short, two minute forest trail to reach it and it fills your view.  It is ...
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Lone Cone is the wonderful cone shaped mountain that dominates the skyline in Tofino.  It is just 6k from Tofino on the north-western end of Meares Island.  ...
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The Nuu-chah-nulth (aka the Wickaninnish Trail), has the amazing distinction among all the other beach hikes in the Tofino-Ucluelet corridor, in that it is flanked ...
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Hot Springs Cove is a wonderful day trip from Tofino.  Lots of whale watching companies offer whale watching/hot springs tours for very reasonable prices.  The ...
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Vargas Island Provincial Park is a popular Kayak camping destination due to its wonderful location close to Tofino.  It has wonderful, wilderness camping ...
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Victoria Hiking Trails

Esquimalt Lagoon is a wonderful stretch of beach that extends two kilometres, separating the lagoon from the ocean.  The beach is made up of wonderful, ...
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Thetis Lake Regional Park is a very popular Victoria park that contains several lakes.  Lower Thetis Lake, Upper Thetis Lake, Prior Lake and further out, ...
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Grass Lake(aka Grasse Lake or Grassie Lake) is a moderately difficult trail to a beautifully remote lake far in the wilderness of Sooke.  Popular for ...
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Bear Hill Regional Park is a nice hill trail, just north of Elk/Beaver Lake in Saanich.  It is an easy 2k hike to the summit where the views are ...
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Spectacle Lake Provincial Park is popular with hiking, fishing, canoeing and swimming.  Located north of Victoria, the drive to get there is very beautiful and ...
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The West Coast Trail

Day 1 on the West Coast Trail hiking south from the Pachena trailhead is a fairly relaxing first day. Your first beach, Pachena Beach is a lovely, wide, ...
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