What to expect

The Tofino-Long Beach Airport (YAZ), situated 11 km (6.9 mi) southeast of the town of Tofino and 30 km (18 mi) northeast of Ucluelet, is bordered by Long Beach and Pacific Rim National Park and Long Beach Golf Course.

Accessible by scheduled flights from Vancouver and chartered carriers from various points in the Pacific Northwest, YAZ is able to accommodate small and large aircraft up to a Boeing 737. Private aircraft also use the airport extensively.

A new passenger terminal building was built just east of the runways on Airport Rd. in 2010.

Owned and operated by the Alberni Valley Regional District, operations at YAZ are funded through taxation with contributions from Tofino, Ucluelet and the Long Beach Electoral Area. Income is also generated through land leases and landing fees. As the airport’s owners, the ACRD is undertaking a land-use plan in order to fund infrastructure upgrades at Tofino-Long Beach Airport, recognizing the importance of the area for tourism.

The ACRD estimates 20,000 passengers use the Tofino-Long Beach Airport on a yearly basis. In 2010, 4,679 aircraft movements were recorded.

Landing fees at Tofino-Long Beach Airport are as follows:

Minimum Charge: $15.00 for commercial aircraft
Domestic ($/1,000kg)
<10,000 kg                            $3.20
10,000 kg – 45,000 kg        $4.05
>45,000 kg                            $5.08

Airport History

Only a few homesteads existed in the immediate area when the Canadian government made plans for an air base near Long Beach during World War II. It was the threat of attack that prompted the construction of the military airport, for which land clearing began in 1941. A full squadron was stationed in Tofino, and the base was functional until the 1950s. Prior to construction of the airbase, access to the west coast was limited to boat traffic. Highway 4 to Port Alberni was opened in 1959.

Unmanned Airborne Vehicle Pilot's Safety Advisory

The below document provides guidelines for folks operating UAVs (aka "drones" or "quadracopters") in Canada. Note that UAVs are not permitted by Transport Canada within 9 km of an airport.

Thank you to the Wickaninnish Inn -- a beachfront Tofino hotel that has been very supportive of our regional airport -- for providing this document:
Click here for UAV Guidelines (PDF).