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.