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.