Thursday, September 26, 2013

Gate Openings and Public Firewood - Weekend of September 28-29

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend.  Gates hosting firewood permits are listed below; permits are $30 cash and safety equipment must be presented and used for a permit to be issued.

Iron River: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Oyster River Main closed at 16.5km.

Buckley Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Northwest Bay:
 Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and will close at 2:30pm.  A valid watershed permit is required for entry and available through the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association.


Nanaimo River Road - Community Firewood Fundraiser:  The Chase River Parent Advisory Committee will be hosting a firewood fundraiser off Nanaimo River Road.  Follow the posted signs out from the Colliery Dam Park.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Gate times are adjusted for the hunting season currently underway until early December.  Be alert hunters may be in the area.


The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend.

Report any chance of wildfire to the Coastal Fire Center, *5555 on your mobile phone.

Both camping and fires are not permitted on our property unless with written permit.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Gate Openings and Public Firewood - Weekend of September 21-22

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend.  Gates hosting firewood permits are listed below; permits are $30 cash and safety equipment must be presented and used for a permit to be issued.

Iron River: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Oyster River Main closed at 16.5km.

Buckley Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Northwest Bay:
 Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and will close at 2:30pm.  A valid watershed permit is required for entry and available through the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Gate times are adjusted for the hunting season currently underway until early December.  Be alert hunters may be in the area.


The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend.

Report any chance of wildfire to the Coastal Fire Center, *5555 on your mobile phone.

Both camping and fires are not permitted on our property unless with written permit.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Gate openings - Weekend of September 14-15

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend:

Iron River: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Oyster River Main closed at 16.5km.

Buckley Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and will close at 2:30pm.  A valid watershed permit is required for entry and available through the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.

Shawnigan (off Waters Road): Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.

Gate times are adjusted for the hunting season currently underway until early December.  Be alert hunters may be in the area.

Firewood permits will not be available this weekend due to the increasing forest fire danger weather.

The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend.

Report any chance of wildfire to the Coastal Fire Center, *5555 on your mobile phone.

Both camping and fires are not permitted on our property unless with written permit.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hunting Season

Rifle hunting season commences September 10.  Hunting will be permitted on Island Timberlands' property on weekends only.  This is to minimize safety risks between industrial activities and hunters.

The following gates will be operated by personnel and open on weekends, starting September 14:

·         Shawnigan, Copper Canyon, Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay:  The gates will be open from 6am-5pm. Firewood permits for personal use will be available from the gate attendant for $30 cash per truckload as well.  Designated cutting areas will be advised.
·         Nanaimo River:  The gate will be open from 6am-3pm.  No firewood cutting opportunities available.
·         Iron River/Oyster:  The gate will be open from 6am-5pm.  No firewood cutting opportunities available.

Please adhere to any signage in place restricting area use due to forestry related operations.


Report any questionable activity please to 250.755.9623.

Gate Openings & Public Firewood - Weekend of September 7-8

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation:

Iron River: Gate opens at 8am and will close at 3:30pm.  Oyster River Main closed at 16.5km.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4:30pm.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 3:30pm.

Shawnigan (off Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4:30pm.

Firewood permits will be available from the person operating the gate at Northwest Bay, Copper Canyon and Shawnigan gates.  The cost per truck load (or cord) is $30 cash.  Safety gear must be presentable to attain a permit; gear includes hearing protection, eye protection, chainsaw pants and protective footwear.


The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend.

Report any chance of wildfire to the Coastal Fire Center, *5555 on your mobile phone.

Both camping and fires are not permitted on our property unless with written permit.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

General Access Policy

Island Timberlands considers its private road network to generally be closed to the public on weekdays, with the exception a few designated road systems.  This perspective is to mitigate interaction between the public and workers to minimize safety risks and damage to assets (e.g. equipment vandalism, garbage dumping).  
Road access is open to the public on weekends in areas where gates are open.  However, if heightened risk to our assets is expected (e.g. increasing forest fire danger risk) or damage has been experienced, public access will be restricted.


Walking on trails on the property is generally permitted unless otherwise marked on the ground, on our website or both.  It is expected that people will abide by all signage but lack of signage does not infer lack of activity.  It is a use-at-your-own-risk approach and one should expect the unexpected.  

Motorized recreational use of trails by unlicensed off-road vehicles is not permitted.

We hope and expect that all users will respect this approach at this time and report any negligent and/or unlawful behavior to Island Timberlands immediately.