Hi again Murray...
By chance; I drove my parents past Cameron Lake yesterday. It was good to hear their knowledge and history. It was a good day to drive past and bring up memories as the winds were high and gusting and the rain blew down in torrents; the lake tossed and churned. Dad always tells of the crash at this lake when we go by so it was a good work out for his memory. The time frame seems to fit with your query, but one would have to dig in the Nanaimo Museum and Port Alberni Museums to find more... news papers and all (exact year). Dad told me that the plane wreck in this case at Cameron lake was found many years after the crash. The original crash happened in the early 70's according to him. Cameron Lake is very deep, the plane was not found even though it is a small lake compared to many on the island. He did recall one surname of a lady who was on the plane so if you could help me by telling me a bit more... I hope I can help you. The irony of it all; this lady had a Lasqueti Island connection so this crash related to some islanders in a direct way. I searched the BC Archives for her surname but came up with nothing as I assume (bad thing to assume) her body was not recovered til the plane was recovered ( the pilot and a child was also on flight).
Another strange thing about this plane crash was; my dad reported it the moment it happened! We lived on Lasqueti Island at the time and our waterfront home faced over a bay that caught the echo or sound waves of the crash. Dad was sitting in the front room and thought the crash was on our bay. It was so loud, he could hear the plane, then the crash on water. He got up and looked around but all was silent on our bay. He phoned the crash in to the authorities but they found nothing. It was not until several years later that he found out the crash was on Vancouver Island and at Cameron Lake. This was when the wreck was finally discoverd. To this day he can't figure out how the sound travelled so far a distance. It may have been the cloud cover, sound over ocean and the valley Cameron Lake echo's sound from... it points out towards Lasqueti Island.
So I hope to be able to help you in the future here. Please contact me again if you get more information etc.
PS: I asked my parents if they recalled any other plane crashes from that era. They did'nt know any others but there must have beem some. They did recall the 1951 plane crash on Mount Benson though. They recalled how the police and authorities had to block off curious onlookers from acess to the site. They recalled it was hard terrain in those days to get through to the crash site too. The Nanaimo Museum and (possibly the Port Alberni Museum) will have more records, I am sure;http://nanaimo.museum.bc.ca/bastionpage.htm
Alberni Valley Museum
Kind regards; Rocky