Thursday, October 20, 2016

Firewood Opportunities for the Long Weekend of October 22nd and 23rd
You must carry your valid permit with you at all times.

Safety equipment requirements include chainsaw pants, sturdy work boots, eye protection and ear protection.

Firewood is for personal use only and not to be sold.

There will be random checks for Permits and Safety Equipment.  If you do not have a permit or adequate safety equipment our guards will ask you to leave the property.  Technical difficulties with online systems will not be an acceptable excuse for not having a permit, as there are other means to obtain a permit I.e. purchasing one from a local visitor centre. 

There are now 11 areas open for firewood this weekend.  They are:
Maps of the areas can be obtained from the Visitors Centres listed below, or if you choose to use the online payment option, maps will be generated once you have completed the required fields.

Check the "Access" section of this blog (below) for gate time openings and closings.

There are 2 methods to obtain a Firewood Permit:
  1. Go to  and click on the "Our Company" tab.  Click on the "Firewood Permit Application" icon.  This will take you to our payment portal where you'll be able to choose the general firewood areas that suit your needs, input your required administration information, pay for a permit, then receive an email permit to your home computer, tablet or smartphone.  Credit Cards and Paypal accounts are both accepted as a means of payment. 
  2. To purchase a paper copy of an Island Timberlands Firewood Permit, please contact the following Visitor Centres for hours of operation and for further assistance:
  • Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre:
    • Address: 2896 Drinkwater Rd, Duncan BC V9L6C2
    • Phone: 888-303-3337
  • Parksville Visitor Centre:
    • Address: 1275 East Island Hwy, Parksville BC V9P2G3
    • Phone: 250-248-3613
  • Port Alberni Visitor Centre:
    • Address: 2533 Port Alberni Hwy, Port Alberni BC V9Y8P2
    • Phone: 250-724-6535

Access Information for the Long Weekend of October 22nd and 23rd

Increasing vandalism to our gates, access points and equipment affects everyone.  Don't let the few Criminals ruin access for everyone.  If you see someone damaging a gate/lock or driving around a gate - report them!  To report irresponsible behaviour call 1-250-830-8343 or 1-800-663-5555

The following openings/closures are in effect for this weekend:

  • Cameron Main: Open
  • Loon Lake: Open
  • Horne Lake North: Open 
  • Ash Main: Open 6:30 AM - Closed 4:00 PM 
  • Comox Main: Open 6:00 AM - Closed 3:30 PM 
    • ***Gate is closed/locked at Comox Main at 21.6 KM**
  • Museum Main: Open
  • Northwest Bay:  Open 6:00 AM - Closed 4:00 PM 
  • Chemainus Main (Copper Canyon):  Open 6:00 AM - Closed 4:00 PM
    • ***Gate is closed/locked at Chemainus Main at 22 KM***
  • Mines Road: Open 7:00 AM - Closed 1:30 PM
  • Glenora (Shawnigan):  Open 6:00 AM - Closed 4:00 PM
  • Buckley Bay:  Open 6:00 AM - Closed 2:00 PM
  • Ashling Road (Spider Lake): Open 8:00 AM - Closed 4:00 PM
  • Oyster River:  Open 6:00 AM - Closed 2:00 PM
    • ***Gate is closed/locked at Oyster 16.5 KM and Oyster 1100**
  • Northwest Bay:  Open 6:00 AM - Closed 4:00 PM
  • Nanaimo River Camp:  Open 6:00 AM - Closed 3:00 PM

Hunting Season:  This season, gate time openings and closing may be different from previous years.  Oyster River and Buckley Bay will be open at 6:00 AM and close at 2:00 PM.    Note - All gate times and area openings are subject to change;  continue to check the blog for updates. 

No Off-Roading is permitted on Island Timberlands Property.  Please respect the environment and keep your vehicles on the main travelled roads at all times.

RAPP - Report All Poachers and Polluters:
Conservation Officer 24 Hour Hotline 1-877-952-RAPP (7277)

Unauthorized Access:  Unless otherwise noted in this blog, all of Island Timberlands' Property is closed to the public during the week, this includes hunting.  Unauthorized access, at any time, will not be tolerated and mobile Security patrols are active 24/7 to enforce this policy.  

Please enjoy your weekend safely!

No fires, camping, target practice/shooting or off-road vehicles (i.e. ATVs, UTVs, buggies or side-by-sides)  are permitted on our property, unless authorized by Island Timberlands.

If you see any suspicious activities on our lands you can report them anonymously on our Website On our home page, and at the bottom right hand corner, hover your pointer on the word "Contact", select, then go to the Type of Enquiries drop down.  Select "Report Suspicious Activities" make sure you also enter in the random passcode which appears just below your message.  Or you can Contact SafetyNet Security 250-830-8343. Thank you!

Monday, October 17, 2016


Please be aware that Island Timberlands has begun a fire hazard abatement program which includes controlled burning of woody debris.


Island Timberlands is committed to safety and reducing the risk of wildfire. As per our legal requirement under the Wildfire Act, we are required to reduce fuels on the site after harvest.


Island works to  improve utilization through secondary salvage opportunities, such as firewood sales and grinding.  Any significant fuels that remain after salvage must be piled and burned.


Collectively, these methods greatly reduce forest fuels for the safety of nearby communities and adjacent forests.


Pile burning is conducted by experienced workers, under controlled conditions, and is regulated and permitted by the Province. Workers ensure that  environmental conditions are suitable before burning, and continually monitor local conditions.


Island Timberlands maintains a strong relationship with the Coastal Fire Centre and ensures our operations are in line with our legal responsibilities.


Public access is restricted in areas where we are conducting controlled burning. Please be on the look-out for signs, like the one below, that indicate where we are active.