Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Gate openings and public firewood opportunities - Weekend of January 3-4

The following gates are scheduled to be open this weekend for safe, responsible recreation.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Shawnigan: Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

The Pass Mainline to Mt. Arrowsmith is planned to be open.

Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

Expect the unexpected travelling on private industrial roads.  Please travel with caution.

Gate openings and public firewood opportunities - Weekend of December 27-28

The following gates are scheduled to be open this weekend for safe, responsible recreation.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Shawnigan: Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Port Alberni:  Firewood permits will be issued in the New Year by calling (250) 755-9623.

Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

The Pass Mainline accessing Mt. Arrowsmith is expected to be open over the holiday season.

Expect the unexpected travelling on private industrial roads.  Please travel with caution.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of December 20-21

The following gates are scheduled to be open this weekend for safe, responsible recreation.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Shawnigan: Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Port Alberni:  Firewood permits are available through the Alberni Fish and Game Club.

Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

To harvest firewood, cash for a permit is required at the gate (except in Port Alberni, permits available through Alberni Fish and Game Club).  Cost varies from $20-$30 per load.  You must show suitable safety gear to be issued a permit; this includes eye protection, hard hat, chainsaw pants and protective footwear.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Recreational Access Closure - Main Gully Trail & Judges Route

Effective December 10, these two trails are closed weekdays to the public.  They may also be closed for weekends from time to time.

Forest operations are in the area; this closure is necessary to provide for safe conditions for all.
Please adhere to all posted signage in the area.

This closure is anticipated to extend until early April 2015.

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of December 13-14

The following gates are scheduled to be open this weekend for safe, responsible recreation.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Shawnigan: Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Port Alberni:  Firewood permits are available through the Alberni Fish and Game Club.

Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

To harvest firewood, cash for a permit is required at the gate (except in Port Alberni, permits available through Alberni Fish and Game Club).  Cost varies from $20-$30 per load.  You must show suitable safety gear to be issued a permit; this includes eye protection, hard hat, chainsaw pants and protective footwear.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of December 6-7

The following gates are scheduled to be open this weekend for safe, responsible recreation.  Note this is the last weekend for Nanaimo River and Buckley Bay.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 3pm.  You must have a watershed permit to enter.  You can complete your watershed awareness training and receive a permit through the Nanaimo and District Fish and Game Protective Association.  No public firewood is available at this location.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Shawnigan: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Iron River/Oyster River: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  There is no firewood available here.

Buckley Bay:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Port Alberni:  Firewood permits are available through the Alberni Fish and Game Club.

Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

To harvest firewood, cash for a permit is required at the gate (except in Port Alberni, permits available through Alberni Fish and Game Club).  Cost varies from $20-$30 per load.  You must show suitable safety gear to be issued a permit; this includes eye protection, hard hat, chainsaw pants and protective footwear.

The road system (Cameron Main - Pass Main) leading up to Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is planned to be open for the weekend. You can start to expect snow; please ensure you have a suitable vehicle if you are planning travel for higher elevation.

However, road systems accessing the Beaufort Range and areas within the Cameron Valley are not planned to have their gates opened.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of November 29-30

The following gates are scheduled to be open this weekend for safe, responsible recreation.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 3pm.  You must have a watershed permit to enter.  You can complete your watershed awareness training and receive a permit through the Nanaimo and District Fish and Game Protective Association.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Shawnigan: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Iron River/Oyster River: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  There is no firewood available here.

Buckley Bay:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Port Alberni:  Firewood permits are available through the Alberni Fish and Game Club.

Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

To harvest firewood, cash for a permit is required at the gate (except in Port Alberni, permits available through Alberni Fish and Game Club).  Cost varies from $20-$30 per load.  You must show suitable safety gear to be issued a permit; this includes eye protection, hard hat, chainsaw pants and protective footwear.

The road system (Cameron Main - Pass Main) leading up to Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is planned to be open for the weekend. You can start to expect snow; please ensure you have a suitable vehicle if you are planning travel for higher elevation.

However, road systems accessing the Beaufort Range and areas within the Cameron Valley are not planned to have their gates opened.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gate openings and public firewood opportunities for the weekend of November 15-16:

The following gates are scheduled to be open this weekend for safe, responsible recreation.
 
Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.
 
Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 3pm.  You must have a watershed permit to enter.  You can complete your watershed awareness training and receive a permit through the Nanaimo and District Fish and Game Protective Association.
 
Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Shawnigan: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Iron River/Oyster River
: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  There is no firewood available here.

Buckley Bay:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.
 
Port Alberni:  Firewood permits are available through the Alberni Fish and Game Club.
 
Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.
 
To harvest firewood, cash for a permit is required at the gate (except in Port Alberni, permits available through Alberni Fish and Game Club).  Cost varies from $20-$30 per load.  You must show suitable safety gear to be issued a permit; this includes eye protection, hard hat, chainsaw pants and protective footwear.

The road system (Cameron Main - Pass Main) leading up to Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is planned to be open for the weekend. You can start to expect snow; please ensure you have a suitable vehicle if you are planning travel for higher elevation.
 
However, road systems accessing the Beaufort Range and areas within the Cameron Valley are not planned to have their gates opened.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Gate openings and public firewood opportunities for the weekend of November 8-9 and Tuesday, November 11



The following gates are scheduled to be open this weekend and Remembrance Day for safe, responsible recreation.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 3pm.  You must have a watershed permit to enter.  You can complete your watershed awareness training and receive a permit through the Nanaimo and District Fish and Game Protective Association.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Shawnigan: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Iron River/Oyster River
: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  There is no firewood available here.

Buckley Bay:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Port Alberni:  Firewood permits are available through the Alberni Fish and Game Club.
Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

To harvest firewood, cash for a permit is required at the gate (except in Port Alberni, permits available through Alberni Fish and Game Club).  Cost varies from $20-$30 per load.  You must show suitable safety gear to be issued a permit; this includes eye protection, hard hat, chainsaw pants and protective footwear.


The road system (Cameron Main - Pass Main) leading up to Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is planned to be open for the weekend. You can start to expect snow; please ensure you have a suitable vehicle if you are planning travel for higher elevation.


However, road systems accessing the Beaufort Range and areas within the Cameron Valley are not planned to have their gates opened.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Gate openings and public firewood opportunities for the weekend of November 1-2

The following gates are scheduled to be open this weekend for safe, responsible recreation.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 3pm.  You must have a watershed permit to enter.  You can complete your watershed awareness training and receive a permit through the Nanaimo and District Fish and Game Protective Association.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Shawnigan: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Iron River/Oyster River: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  There is no firewood available here.

Buckley Bay:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Port Alberni:  Firewood permits are available through the Alberni Fish and Game Club.

Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

To harvest firewood, cash for a permit is required at the gate (except in Port Alberni, permits available through Alberni Fish and Game Club).  Cost varies from $20-$30 per load.  You must show suitable safety gear to be issued a permit; this includes eye protection, hard hat, chainsaw pants and protective footwear.

The road system (Cameron Main - Pass Main) leading up to Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is planned to be open for the weekend. You can start to expect snow; please ensure you have a suitable vehicle if you are planning travel for higher elevation.

However, road systems accessing the Beaufort Range and areas within the Cameron Valley are not planned to have their gates opened.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gate openings and public firewood opportunities for the weekend of October 25-26

The following gates are scheduled to be open this weekend for safe, responsible recreation.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 3pm.  You must have a watershed permit to enter.  You can complete your watershed awareness training and receive a permit through the Nanaimo and District Fish and Game Protective Association.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Shawnigan: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Iron River/Oyster River: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  There is no firewood available here.

Buckley Bay:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Port Alberni:  Firewood permits are available through the Alberni Fish and Game Club.

Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

To harvest firewood, cash for a permit is required at the gate (except in Port Alberni, permits available through Alberni Fish and Game Club).  Cost varies from $20-$30 per load.  You must show suitable safety gear to be issued a permit; this includes eye protection, hard hat, chainsaw pants and protective footwear.

The road system (Cameron Main - Pass Main) leading up to Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is planned to be open for the weekend. You can start to expect snow; please ensure you have a suitable vehicle if you are planning travel for higher elevation.

However, road systems accessing the Beaufort Range and areas within the Cameron Valley are not planned to have their gates opened.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gate openings and public firewood opportunities for the weekend of October 18-19

The following gates are scheduled to be open this weekend for safe, responsible recreation.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 3pm.  You must have a watershed permit to enter.  You can complete your watershed awareness training and receive a permit through the Nanaimo and District Fish and Game Protective Association.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Shawnigan: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Iron River/Oyster River: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  There is no firewood available here.

Buckley Bay:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

To harvest firewood, cash for a permit is required at the gate.  Cost varies from $20-$30 per load.  You must show suitable safety gear to be issued a permit; this includes eye protection, hard hat, chainsaw pants and protective footwear.

The road system (Cameron Main - Pass Main) leading up to Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is planned to be open for the weekend. However, road systems accessing the Beaufort Range and areas within the Cameron Valley are not planned to have their gates opened.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Gate openings and public firewood opportunities for the weekend of October 11-13

The following gates are scheduled to be open this weekend (including the holiday Monday) for safe, responsible recreation.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 3pm.  You must have a watershed permit to enter.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Shawnigan: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Iron River/Oyster River: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  There is no firewood available here.

Buckley Bay:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

To harvest firewood, cash for a permit is required at the gate.  Cost varies from $20-$30 per load.  You must show suitable safety gear to be issued a permit; this includes eye protection, hard hat, chainsaw pants and protective footwear.

The road system (Cameron Main - Pass Main) leading up to Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is planned to be open for the weekend. However, road systems accessing the Beaufort Range and areas within the Cameron Valley are not planned to have their gates opened.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood for the Weekend of October 4-5

The following gates are scheduled to be open this weekend for safe, responsible recreation.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 3pm.  You must have a watershed permit to enter.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Shawnigan: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Iron River/Oyster River: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  There is no firewood available here.

Buckley Bay:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

To harvest firewood, cash for a permit is required at the gate.  Cost varies from $20-$30 per load.  You must show suitable safety gear to be issued a permit; this includes eye protection, hard hat, chainsaw pants and protective footwear.

The road system (Cameron Main - Pass Main) leading up to Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is planned to be open for the weekend.  Hiking up the CPR Trail is open for the weekend.

The road systems accessing Mt. Apps and Mt. Clifton are expected to be closed for the weekend.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Gate Openings for the Weekend of September 27-28

The following gates are scheduled to be open this weekend for safe, responsible recreation.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 3pm.  You must have a watershed permit to enter.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.

Shawnigan: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.

Iron River/Oyster River: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.

Buckley Bay:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.

Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

No firewood at this time.

The road system (Cameron Main - Pass Main) leading up to Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is planned to be open for the weekend.  Hiking up the CPR Trail is open for the weekend.

The road systems accessing Mt. Apps and Mt. Clifton are expected to be closed for the weekend.

Report-a-wildfire by calling *5555 using your mobile phone.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gate Openings for the Weekend of September 20-21

The following gate are open this upcoming weekend:

Buckley Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.

All other supervised gates are closed at this time due to forest fire hazard.

Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

No firewood cutting at this time.

The road system (Cameron Main - Pass Main) leading up to Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is planned to be open for the weekend.

Report-a-wildfire by calling *5555 using your mobile phone.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Recreational Access Closure - Father and Son Lake

Effective September 12, 2014, the trail accessing and route around Father and Son Lake is closed weekdays to the public.  This closure is necessary to facilitate forestry-related operations in the area in a safe manner for the public and workers in area.

This closure is anticipated to last until mid-November.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Gate Openings for the Weekend of September 13-14

The following gates are open this upcoming weekend:

Buckley Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.

Iron River/Oyster River: Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.

All other supervised gates are closed at this time due to forest fire hazard.

Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

No firewood cutting at this time.

The road system (Cameron Main - Pass Main) leading up to Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is planned to be open for the weekend.

Report-a-wildfire by calling *5555 using your mobile phone.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Gate Openings for the Weekend of September 6-7

The weather and ground conditions have changed, and gates are scheduled to be open this weekend for safe, responsible recreation.

Northwest Bay (1420 East Island Highway; 1.5km south of the first exit to Parksville): Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm.

Copper Canyon (west side of MacMillan Bloedel Haul Road, Chemainus): Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road, Duncan): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.

Iron River/Oyster River (off Cranberry Road):  Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.

Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

No firewood at this time.

The road system (Cameron Main - Pass Main) leading up to Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is planned to be open for the weekend.  Hiking up the CPR Trail is open for the weekend.

The road systems accessing Mt. Apps and Mt. Clifton are expected to be closed for the weekend.

Report-a-wildfire by calling *5555 using your mobile phone.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hunting Season 2014

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

The following gates will be operated by personnel and open on weekends and statutory holidays, starting Saturday, September 13, weather permitting:

·         Shawnigan, Copper Canyon, Buckley Bay:  The gates will be open from 6am-5pm.
·         Northwest Bay:  The gate will be open from 7am-4pm.
·         Nanaimo River:  The gate will be open from 6am-3pm.  A watershed permit is required for entry, available through the Nanaimo and District Fish and Game Protective Association.
·         Iron River/Oyster:  The gate will be open from 6am-5pm.  

Firewood cutting may or may not be permitted in these areas based on forest fire risk and commercial contracts issued.  Please review current blog posts specific to firewood opportunities if interested.

Please adhere to any signage in place restricting area use due to forestry related operations.
Island retains the right to restrict or refuse access at any time.


Report any questionable activity please to 250.755.9623.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gate Closures for the Weekend of August 30 - September 1

Due to high forest fire danger, all supervised gates will be closed for this weekend. 

This includes Iron River, Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Chemainus (Copper Canyon) and Shawnigan.

All other gates are expected to be closed.  This includes gates accessing Mt. Arrowsmith and Labour Day Lake.  If you do travel into the property, you can expect a gate that you passed may block you in on your way out.  Please no camping and no campfires.

Thank you for respecting this closure at this time.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Recreational Access Closure - Ash Main @ 26km

Effective August 27, 2014, Ash Main will be closed at 26km for the remainder of the week.
The road is expected to be open by Saturday morning.

Recreational Access Closure - Ash Main @ 20km

Effective August 26, 2014, Ash Main will be closed at 20km for the remainder of the week.
The road is expected to be open by Friday evening.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Recreational Access Closure - Mt. Arrowsmith and area

With regard to the high forest fire danger ratings and drying trend we are experiencing at this time, all trails in the Mt. Arrowsmith are considered to be closed to the public at this time.

This closure is anticipated to be in effect until the weather changes significantly.

Gate Closures for the Weekend of August 23-24

Due to high forest fire danger, all supervised gates will be closed for this weekend. 

This includes Iron River, Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Chemainus (Copper Canyon) and Shawnigan.

All other gates are expected to be closed.  This includes gates accessing Mt. Arrowsmith and Labour Day Lake.  If you do travel into the property, you can expect a gate that you passed may block you in on your way out.  Please no camping and no campfires.

Thank you for respecting this closure at this time.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gate Openings for the Weekend of August 16-17

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend.  Note if forest fire danger conditions increase rapidly, gate closures may be put into effect with little or no notice.

Northwest Bay (1420 East Island Highway; 1.5km south of the first exit to Parksville): Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm.

Copper Canyon (west side of MacMillan Bloedel Haul Road, Chemainus): Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road, Duncan): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.

The Iron River gate will be closed for the weekend.

Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

The road system (Cameron Main - Pass Main) leading up to Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is planned to be open for the weekend.  Hiking up the CPR Trail is open for the weekend.

The road systems accessing Mt. Apps and Mt. Clifton are expected to be closed for the weekend.

Report-a-wildfire by calling *5555 using your mobile phone.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Gate Closure for the Weekend of August 9-10

Due to high to extreme forest fire danger, all supervised gates will be closed for this weekend. 

This includes Iron River, Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Chemainus (Copper Canyon) and Shawnigan.

All other gates are expected to be closed.  If you do travel into the property, you can expect a gate that you passed may block you in on your way out.  Please no camping and no campfires.

Thank you for respecting this closure at this time.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Recreational Access Closure - Mt. Arrowsmith and area

With regard to the high and extreme forest fire danger ratings we are experiencing at this time, all trails in the Mt. Arrowsmith are considered to be closed to the public at this time.

This closure is anticipated to be in effect until the weather changes significantly.


Gate Closures for the Weekend of August 2-4

Due to high to extreme forest fire danger, all supervised gates will be closed for this weekend. 

This includes Iron River (Oyster), Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Chemainus (Copper Canyon) and Shawnigan.

All other gates are expected to be closed.

It is advised that individuals take time away from the backcountry as we look to move through this hot, dry spell safely.  Thank you for respecting this closure this long weekend.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Recreational Access Closure - Comox Main 8.4km

Effective July 29, 2014, Comox Main will be closed at 8.4km for the remainder of the week.
The road is expected to be open by Friday afternoon.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Gate Closures for the Weekend of July 26-27

Due to high to extreme forest fire danger, all supervised gates will be closed for this weekend. 
This includes Iron River (Oyster), Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Chemainus (Copper Canyon) and Shawnigan.

All other gates are expected to be closed.

It is advised that individuals take time away from the backcountry as we look to move through this hot, dry spell safely.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Recreational Access Closure - Father and Son Lake

Effective July 23, 2014, Father and Son and surrounding area is closed for recreational use weekdays.
This closure is necessary to allow for safe forestry-related activities in the area for workers and the visiting public.

This closure is expected to be in effect until mid-October.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Gate Closures for the Weekend of July 19-20

Due to high to extreme forest fire danger, all supervised gates will be closed for this weekend. This includes Iron River (Oyster), Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Chemainus (Copper Canyon) and Shawnigan.

All other gates are expected to be closed.

It is advised that individuals take time away from the backcountry as we look to move through this hot, dry spell safely.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Gate Openings for the Weekend of July 12-13

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

Iron River (on Cranberry Lane, approx. 7.5km south of Campbell River Airport exit): Gate opens at 7am and will close at 3:30pm.  Note not all road systems will be accessible due to forest operations continuing through the weekend.

Northwest Bay (1420 East Island Highway; 1.5km south of the first exit to Parksville): Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm.

Copper Canyon (west side of MacMillan Bloedel Haul Road, Chemainus): Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road, Duncan): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.

Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

The road system (Cameron Main - Pass Main) leading up to Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is planned to be open for the weekend.

The road systems accessing Mt. Apps and Mt. Clifton are expected to be closed for the weekend.

Report-a-wildfire by calling *5555 using your mobile phone.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Gate Openings for the Weekend of July 5-6

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

Iron River (on Cranberry Lane, approx. 7.5km south of Campbell River Airport exit): Gate opens at 7am and will close at 3:30pm.  Note not all road systems will be accessible due to forest operations continuing through the weekend.

Northwest Bay (1420 East Island Highway; 1.5km south of the first exit to Parksville): Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm.

Copper Canyon (west side of MacMillan Bloedel Haul Road, Chemainus): Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road, Duncan): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.

Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

The road system (Cameron Main - Pass Main) leading up to Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is planned to be open for the weekend.

Firewood cutting has been suspended for the foreseeable future based on current weather.
Report-a-wildfire by calling *5555 using your mobile phone.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Gate Openings for the Weekend of June 28-29

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

Iron River (on Cranberry Lane, approx. 7.5km south of Campbell River Airport exit): Gate opens at 7am and will close at 3:30pm.  Note not all road systems will be accessible due to forest operations continuing through the weekend.  This gate will be open Monday, June 30 as well.

Northwest Bay (1420 East Island Highway; 1.5km south of the first exit to Parksville): Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm.  This gate will be open Tuesday, July 1 as well, but not Monday, June 30.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road, Duncan): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. This gate will be open Tuesday, July 1 as well, but not Monday, June 30.

Firewood cutting has been suspended for the foreseeable future based on current weather.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Gate Openings for the Weekend of June 21-22

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend.
Firewood cutting has been suspended for the foreseeable future based on current weather.

Iron River:  Gate opens at 7am and will close at 3:30pm.  Note not all road systems will be accessible due to forest operations continuing through the weekend.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm.
It's a great time of year to visit the wild rhododendrons at Rhododendron Lake.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Recreational Access Closure - Mount McQuillan Trail

Effective June 16, the Mount McQuillan Trail will be closed for eight weeks to facilitate safe forestry operations in the general area.

Please respect this closure for the safety of all.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Gate Openings for the Weekend of June 14-15

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend.
Firewood cutting has been suspended for the foreseeable future based on current weather.

Iron River:  Gate opens at 7am and will close at 3:30pm.

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

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of June 7-8

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend.
Firewood cutting has been suspended for the foreseeable future based on current weather.

Iron River:  Gate opens at 7am and will close at 3:30pm.

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

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm.




Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Recreational Access Notice - CX91 & CX165

Island Timberlands recognizes these road systems access much valued recreational opportunities.

We will endeavour to provide for weekend access on these roads with four-drive vehicles leaving gates open.  If you travel to the area and find a gate locked, please report to environment@islandtimberlands.com.

We prefer recreationalists save their pursuits to weekends where we expect less industrial activity on our roads.  Gates are scheduled to be locked on weekdays.  If you do encounter industrial activity at any time, please be patient.

For reference, CX91 provides access to Mt. Apps whereas CX165 provides access to the Clifton/Tsable area.




Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of May 31 - June 1

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

Iron River:  Gate opens at 7am and will close at 3:30pm. No firewood permits available. Restricted access will be in place over the weekend.

Port Alberni: Firewood permits are available through the Alberni Fish and Game Club.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Off-road vehicles are not permitted for use on Island Timberlands' property.

Gates and road systems accessing both Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt. Apps will be open this weekend.
The roads are not necessarily maintained at this time.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of May 24-25

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

Iron River:  Gate opens at 7am and will close at 3:30pm. No firewood permits available. Restricted access will be in place over the weekend.

Port Alberni: Firewood permits are available through the Alberni Fish and Game Club.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo: This will be the last weekend for our community fundraising program this spring.  The Sweet Adelines Chorus Group will be fundraising through selling firewood permits out Nanaimo Lakes Road.  Approximately 4.5 km from the intersection of Wakesiah and Nanaimo Lakes Road, turn left and pass through a gate and travel approximately 5 km on logging roads to the site.

Firewood signs should be posted to assist in you finding the route. Firewood will be for sale from 8:00 am-3:30 pm on both days for $30 cash per cord (i.e. truck load).  Safety equipment must be worn while cutting firewood (protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, chain saw pants).

Off-road vehicles are not permitted for use on Island Timberlands' property.

Gates and road systems accessing both Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt. Apps will be open this weekend.
The roads are not necessarily maintained at this time.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of May 17-19

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

Iron River:  Gate opens at 7am and will close at 3:30pm. No firewood permits available. Restricted access will be in place over the weekend.

Port Alberni: Firewood permits are available through the Alberni Fish and Game Club.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo: The Nusa'lon Dragons will be fundraising through selling firewood permits out Nanaimo Lakes Road.  Approximately 4.5 km from the intersection of Wakesiah and Nanaimo Lakes Road, turn left and pass through a gate and travel approximately 5 km on logging roads to the site.

Firewood signs should be posted to assist in you finding the route. Firewood will be for sale from 8:00 am-3:30 pm on both days for $30 cash per cord (i.e. truck load).  Safety equipment must be worn while cutting firewood (protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, chain saw pants).

Off-road vehicles are not permitted for use on Island Timberlands' property.

Gates and road systems accessing both Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt. Apps will be open this weekend.
The roads are not necessarily maintained at this time.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of May 10-11

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

Iron River:  Gate opens at 7am and will close at 3:30pm.  Firewood permits are not planned for availability at the gate.  Restricted access will be in place over the weekend.

Port Alberni:  Firewood permits are available through the Alberni Fish and Game Club.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo: A dance group through Kirkwood Dance Academy will be fundraising through selling firewood permits out Nanaimo Lakes Road.  Approximately 4.5 km from the intersection of Wakesiah and Nanaimo Lakes Road, turn left and pass through a gate and travel approximately 5 km on logging roads to the site.

Firewood signs should be posted to assist in you finding the route. Firewood will be for sale from 8:00 am-3:30 pm on both days for $30 cash per cord (i.e. truck load).  Safety equipment must be worn while cutting firewood (protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, chain saw pants).

Off-road vehicles are not permitted for use on Island Timberlands' property.

Gates and road systems accessing both Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt. Apps will be open this weekend.
The roads are not necessarily maintained at this time.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of May 3-4

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

Iron River:  Gate opens at 7am and will close at 3:30pm.  Firewood permits are not planned for availability at the gate.  Restricted access will be in place over the weekend.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo: The Vancouver Island Symphony will be fundraising through selling firewood permits out Nanaimo Lakes Road.  Approximately 4.5 km from the intersection of Wakesiah and Nanaimo Lakes Road, turn left and pass through a gate and travel approximately 5 km on logging roads to the site.

Firewood signs should be posted to assist in you finding the route. Firewood will be for sale from 8:00 am-3:30 pm on both days for $30 cash per cord (i.e. truck load).

Off-road vehicles are not permitted for use on Island Timberlands' property.

Gates and road systems accessing both Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt. Apps will be open this weekend.
The roads are not necessarily maintained at this time.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of April 26-27

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

Iron River:  Gate opens at 7am and will close at 3:30pm.  Firewood permits are not planned for availability at the gate.  Restricted access will be in place over the weekend.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo: The PAC for Pauline Haarer Elementary will be fundraising through selling firewood permits out Nanaimo Lakes Road.  Approximately 4.5 km from the intersection of Wakesiah and Nanaimo Lakes Road, turn left and pass through a gate and travel approximately 5 km on logging roads to the site.

Firewood signs should be posted to assist in you finding the route. Firewood will be for sale from 8:00 am-3:30 pm on both days for $30 cash per cord (i.e. truck load).

Off-road vehicles are not permitted for use on Island Timberlands' property.

Gates and road systems accessing both Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt. Apps will be open this weekend.
The roads are not necessarily maintained at this time.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of April 19-20

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

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo: The BC Boys Choir will be fundraising through selling firewood permits out Nanaimo Lakes Road.  Approximately 4.5 km from the intersection of Wakesiah and Nanaimo Lakes Road, turn left and pass through a gate and travel approximately 5 km on logging roads to the site.

Firewood signs should be posted to assist in you finding the route. Firewood will be for sale from 8:00 am-3:30 pm on both days for $30 cash per cord (i.e. truck load).


Off-road vehicles are not permitted for use on Island Timberlands' property.

Gates and road systems accessing both Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt. Apps will be open this weekend.
The roads are not necessarily maintained at this time.

Recreational Access Closure - TMR Main 8-km

Thistle Mines Road (TMR) Mainline is closed effective immediately at 8km.
This closure is expected to be in place weekdays and weekends for approximately seven weeks.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of April 12-13

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

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo: The Vibe Performance Dancers will be fundraising through selling firewood permits out Nanaimo Lakes road.  Approximately 4.5 km from the intersection of Wakesiah and Nanaimo Lakes Road, turn left and pass through a gate and travel approximately 5 km on logging roads to the site.
Firewood signs should be posted to assist in you finding the route. Firewood will be for sale from 8:00 am-3:30 pm on both days for $30 cash per cord (i.e. truck load).

Off-road vehicles are not permitted for use on Island Timberlands' property.

Gates and road systems accessing both Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt. Apps will be open this weekend.
The roads are not necessarily maintained at this time.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of April 5-6

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

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Our popular Nanaimo community firewood program kicks off for the Spring 2014 this weekend.
The Mountainview Elementary PAC will be fundraising through selling firewood permits at the site. Firewood will be for sale from 8am-3:30pm on both days for $30 cash per cord (truck load). The site is located up Nanaimo Lakes Road, approximately 4.5km from the intersection of Wakesiah and Nanaimo Lakes Road. You will turn left, pass through a gate and travel approximately 5km on logging roads to the site.
Firewood signs should be posted to assist in you finding the route.


Off-road vehicles are not permitted for use on Island Timberlands' property.

Gates and road systems accessing both Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt. Apps will be open this weekend.
The roads are not necessarily maintained at this time.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of March 29-30

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

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Our popular Nanaimo community firewood program kicks off for the Spring 2014 this weekend.
The Nanaimo Diamonds ball team will be fundraising through selling firewood permits at the site.  Firewood will be for sale from 8am-3:30pm on both days for $30 cash per cord (truck load).  The site is located up Nanaimo Lakes Road, approximately 4.5km from the intersection of Wakesiah and Nanaimo Lakes Road.  You will turn left, pass through a gate and travel approximately 5km on logging roads to the site.
Firewood signs should be posted to assist in you finding the route.


Off-road vehicles are not permitted for use on Island Timberlands' property.

Gates and road systems accessing both Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt. Apps will be open this weekend.
The roads are not necessarily maintained at this time.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of March 22-23

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

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Our popular Nanaimo community firewood program is expected to start up March 29-30 so stay tuned for location and the local community group fundraising as part of the firewood sale!

Off-road vehicles are not permitted for use on Island Timberlands' property.

Gates and road systems accessing both Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt. Apps will be open this weekend.
The roads are not necessarily maintained at this time.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Recreational Trail Closure - Alberni Inlet Trail

The Alberni Inlet Trail will be closed from March 17-21 on the portion from the road to the dryland sort (China Dump Main) to the terminus of the Phase I portion at the parking lot.

This closure is necessary to facilitate safe conditions for workers and the public during scheduled forestry operations.

Road Closure - Ash Main 28.8km

Effective immediately, Ash Mainline is closed at 28.8km.
This closure is in effect until March 19, 2014.


Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of March 15-16

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

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Off-road vehicles are not permitted for use on Island Timberlands' property.

Gates and road systems accessing both Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt. Apps will be open this weekend.
The roads are not necessarily maintained at this time.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Gate Closures for the Weekend of March 8-9

All regular gates opened for public use will be closed this weekend.  This closure has been put in place to minimize safety risks with public use of snow- and ice-covered roads.

Access to areas without gates, or unlocked gates, is discouraged due to road conditions.  A high hazard notice is in place.

No public firewood cutting opportunities will be made available for this weekend.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Gates Closures for the Weekend of March 1-2

All regular gates opened for public use will be closed this weekend.  This closure has been put in place to minimize safety risks with public use of snow- and ice-covered roads.

Access to areas without gates, or unlocked gates, is highly discouraged due to road conditions.  A high hazard notice is in place.

No public firewood cutting opportunities will be made available for this weekend.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of February 22-23

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

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Off-road vehicles are not permitted for use on Island Timberlands' property.

Gates and road systems accessing both Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt. Apps will be open this weekend.
The roads are not necessarily maintained at this time.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities: Weekend of February 15-16

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

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Off-road vehicles are not permitted for use on Island Timberlands' property.

Gates and road systems accessing both Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt. Apps will be open this weekend.
The roads are not necessarily maintained at this time.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of February 8-10

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

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Gates and road systems accessing both Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt. Apps will be open this weekend.
The roads are not necessarily maintained at this time.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Recreational Trail Closures - Loon Lake/Summit Lake area

Effective January 27, the following trails are closed until further notice.  These closures are required to manage for safety concerns around active operations.
  • Helga's Trail;
  • Loon Lake Loop; and
  • Hole in the Forest.
These trail closures are anticipated to last until mid-March.  Please respect this weekday closure and do not cross any trail barricades including but not limited to signs, flagging tape and rope.

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of February 1-2

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

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Gates and road systems accessing both Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt. Apps will be open this weekend.  The roads are not maintained at this time.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of January 25-26

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

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Gates and road systems accessing both Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt. Apps will be open this weekend.  The roads are not maintained at this time.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of January 18-19

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

Iron River: Gate closed.

Buckley Bay: Gate closed.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

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

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of January 11-12

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

Iron River: Gate closed.

Buckley Bay: Gate closed.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

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

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of January 4-5

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 closed.

Buckley Bay: Gate closed. Firewood permits available for firewood cutting just outside the Hastings Road gate. Please contact our security staff at 250.468.5983 or 250.701.1782 to purchase a firewood permit.  Note there is low availability at this location.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

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