Thursday, December 31, 2015

Firewood Opportunities for January 1-3, 2016

There are no firewood opportunities planned open for this first weekend in 2016.

Expect areas for firewood harvesting to be opened for future weekends in January.

Access Information for January 1-3, 2016

The road network accessing Mt. Arrowsmith will be open for January 1-3.

All other gates on east and west Vancouver Island are expected to be closed for this holiday and weekend.

Have a safe start to your New Year.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Firewood Opportunities for the Weekends of Dec 19-20 and Dec 26-27

Three areas are open for firewood for the last two weekends of 2015:  Northwest Bay, Cameron and Ash.

Permits can be purchased online at our website or at two Tourist Information Centers - Port Alberni and Parksville.

  • For Port Alberni area firewood, go to the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.
  • For Northwest Bay area firewood, go to the Parksville Visitor Center at 1275 East Island Highway.

There is no firewood available in the Shawnigan, Chemainus, Oyster, Buckley Bay, Port McNeill, Powell River or Extension areas at this time.

Safety Equipment Required:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, chainsaw pads/pants and gloves.

You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate timing on the 'Access Information' blog post for this weekend to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.

Access Information for Weekends Dec 19-20 & Dec 26-27

The following gates are expected to be open for the last two weekends in 2015.
We permit access on weekends.  Do not expect any additional gates to be opened.
  • Shawnigan: Open 8am / close 4pm.
  • Northwest Bay:  Open 8am / close 4pm.
  • Cameron Main : Open.  
  • Cameron Connector:  Open.
  • Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 
  • Pass Main (access to Mt. Arrowsmith):  Open

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in; we will not send staff out to open any gate after hours.
You may have to pay a tow truck to have your vehicle removed.


Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles (i.e. ATVs, UTVs, buggies or side-by-sides) are authorized on our private property.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Nanaimo Community Firewood Fundraiser - Last one for 2015

The Wellington Secondary Band will be selling firewood permits at our NLR47 gate this weekend (Nanaimo Lakes Road, approximately 4.7km from the intersection of Wakesiah and Nanaimo Lakes Road).

Permits will be sold for $30 cash per load (~2/3 of a cord, i.e one pick-up truck or trailer).

Sales will start at 8am and close at 3pm.

Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, gloves and chainsaw pads/pants.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Firewood Opportunities for the Weekend of December 12-13

Online permit sales for firewood harvesting in the Northwest Bay, Cameron, and Ash areas are available at - http://www.islandtimberlands.com/community/Firewoodpermit.aspx

If you do not receive two emails immediately after purchasing your permit, one from us and the other from PayPal, the transaction has not been successful.  Troubleshooting tips:  
   1) Try refreshing your page, 
   2) Ensure you have a strong, stable internet connection, and 
   3) Sign up for a PayPal account and purchase through PayPal.  

If you are have difficulties, please email environment@islandtimberlands.com and we will respond to you on the next business day.

Permits for firewood harvesting are available this weekend in Port Alberni and in Parksville:

  • For Port Alberni area firewood, go to the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.
  • For Northwest Bay area firewood, go to the Parksville Visitor Center at 1275 East Island Highway.

There is no firewood available in the Shawnigan, Chemainus, Oyster, Buckley Bay, Port McNeill, Powell River or Extension areas at this time.

Safety Equipment Required:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, chainsaw pads/pants and gloves.

Safety is our priority.

You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate timing on the 'Access Information' blog post for this weekend to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.

Access Information for the Weekend of December 12-13

The following gates are expected to be open for this weekend.
Do not expect any additional gates to be opened for the weekend.
  • Shawnigan*: Open 8am / close 4pm.
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 8am / close 4pm.
  • Cameron Main : Open, from 8km up.  Closed from 0km-8km.
  • Cameron Connector:  Open.
  • Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 
  • Pass Main (access to Mt. Arrowsmith):  Open

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in; we will not send staff out to open any gate after hours.

Please do not park your vehicle blocking any road, at any time.

If you are locked behind a gate or found blocking road access, prepare to pay a tow truck driver to have the gate opened, or your vehicle towing fee.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles (i.e. ATVs, UTVs, buggies or side-by-sides) are authorized on our private property.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Firewood Opportunities Update

Firewood is no longer available in our Oyster or Buckley Bay areas.

It remains available in Northwest Bay, Nanaimo and Port Alberni at this time for weekend harvesting.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Access Closure - Cameron Mainline

The Cameron Mainline, from 0km to 8km, will be closed on December 4 until further notice in anticipation of heavy rainfall in the area.

This closure has been placed in order to minimize impact on water quality to Bainbridge Lake, in our partnership with the City of Port Alberni.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Access Information for the Weekend of December 5-6

The following gates are expected to be open for this weekend.
Do not expect any additional gates to be opened for the weekend.
  • Shawnigan*: Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Chemainus*:  Open 6am/ close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 22km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Nanaimo River Camp*:  Open 6am / close 3pm.
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Buckley Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Oyster River*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 17km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Cameron Main to 17km - expect it to be closed at 17km.  
  • Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 
  • Pass Main (access to Mt. Arrowsmith):  Open

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in; we will not send staff out to open any gate after hours.  Please do not park your vehicle blocking any road, at any time.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles (i.e. ATVs, UTVs, buggies or side-by-sides) are authorized on our private property.

Firewood Opportunities for the Weekend of December 5-6

Online permit sales for firewood harvesting in the Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Cameron, Ash and Oyster areas are available at - http://www.islandtimberlands.com/community/Firewoodpermit.aspx

If you do not receive two emails immediately after purchasing your permit, one from us and the other from PayPal, the transaction has not been successful.  Troubleshooting tips:  
   1) Try refreshing your page, 
   2) Ensure you have a strong, stable internet connection, and 
   3) Sign up for a PayPal account and purchase through PayPal.  

If you are have difficulties, please email environment@islandtimberlands.com and we will respond to you on the next business day.

Permits for firewood harvesting are available this weekend in Port Alberni and in Parksville:

  •  For Port Alberni area firewood, go to the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.
  • For Northwest Bay area firewood, go to the Parksville Visitor Center at 1275 East Island Highway.


There is no firewood available in the Shawnigan, Chemainus, Port McNeill, Powell River or Extension areas at this time.

Safety Equipment Required  *REVISED*:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, chainsaw pads/pants and gloves.

Safety is our priority.

You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate timing on the 'Access Information' blog post for this weekend to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.

Nanaimo Community Firewood Fundraiser - Weekend of December 5-6

The NDSS Prom Committee will be selling firewood permits at our NLR47 gate this weekend (Nanaimo Lakes Road, approximately 4.7km from the intersection of Wakesiah and Nanaimo Lakes Road).

Permits will be sold for $30 cash per load (~2/3 of a cord, i.e one pick-up truck or trailer).

Sales will start at 8am and close at 3pm.

Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, gloves and chainsaw pads/pants.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Recreation Access Closure - Nanaimo - Extension Ridge Trail / Abyss Trail

The Extension Ridge Trail, also known as the Trans Canada Trail or the Abyss trail, is closed for the next few months as it extends from Harewood Mines Road to the southeast through private managed forest land.

This trail closure is anticipated to last until the end of March 2016.  It is required to facilitate safe forest operations in the area.


Friday, November 27, 2015

Nanaimo Community Firewood Fundraiser - Weekend of November 28-29

Fairview Community School will be selling firewood permits at our NLR47 gate this weekend (Nanaimo Lakes Road, approximately 4.7km from the intersection of Wakesiah and Nanaimo Lakes Road).

Permits will be sold for $30 cash per load (~2/3 of a cord, i.e one pick-up truck or trailer).

Sales will start at 8am and close at 3pm.

Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, gloves and chainsaw pads/pants.

Firewood Opportunities for the Weekend of November 28-29

Online permit sales for firewood harvesting in the Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Cameron, Ash and Oyster areas are available at - http://www.islandtimberlands.com/community/Firewoodpermit.aspx

If you do not receive two emails immediately after purchasing your permit, one from us and the other from PayPal, the transaction has not been successful.  Troubleshooting tips:  
   1) Try refreshing your page, 
   2) Ensure you have a strong, stable internet connection, and 
   3) sign up for a PayPal account and purchase through PayPal.  

If you are have difficulties, please email environment@islandtimberlands.com and we will respond to you on the next business day.

Permits for firewood harvesting are available this weekend in Port Alberni at the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.

There is no firewood available in the Shawnigan, Chemainus, Port McNeill, Powell River or Extension areas at this time.

Safety Equipment Required  *REVISED*:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, chainsaw pads/pants and gloves.

Safety is our priority.

You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate timing on the 'Access Information' blog post for this weekend to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.

Access Information for the Weekend of November 28-29

The following gates are expected to be open for this weekend.
Do not expect any additional gates to be opened for the weekend.
  • Shawnigan*: Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Chemainus*:  Open 6am/ close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 22km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Nanaimo River Camp*:  Open 6am / close 3pm.
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Buckley Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Oyster River*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 17km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Cameron Main to 17km - expect it to be closed at 17km.  
  • Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 
  • Pass Main (access to Mt. Arrowsmith):  Open

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in; we will not send staff out to open any gate after hours.  Please do not park your vehicle blocking any road, at any time.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles (i.e. ATVs, UTVs, buggies or side-by-sides) are authorized on our private property.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Nanaimo Community Firewood Fundraiser - Weekend of November 21-22

Volunteer Nanaimo will be selling firewood permits at our NLR47 gate this weekend (Nanaimo Lakes Road, approximately 4.7km from the intersection of Wakesiah & Nanaimo Lakes Road).

Permits will be sold for $30 cash per load (~2/3 of a cord, i.e one pick-up truck or trailer).

Sales will start at 8am and close at 3pm.

Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, gloves and chainsaw pads/pants.

Safety is our priority.

Any questions, just submit them here on the blog to get the answers for everyone to read.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Access Information for the Weekend of November 21-22

The following gates are expected to be open for this weekend.
Do not expect any additional gates to be opened for the weekend.
  • Shawnigan*: Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Chemainus*:  Open 6am/ close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 22km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Nanaimo River Camp*:  Open 6am / close 3pm.
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Buckley Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Oyster River*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 17km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Cameron Main to 17km - expect it to be closed at 17km.  
  • Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 
  • Pass Main (access to Mt. Arrowsmith):  Open

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in; we will not send staff out to open any gate after hours.  Please do not park your vehicle blocking any road, at any time.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles (i.e. ATVs, UTVs, buggies or side-by-sides) are authorized on our private property.

Firewood Opportunities for the Weekend of November 21-22

Online permit sales for firewood harvesting in the Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Cameron, Ash and Oyster areas are available at - http://www.islandtimberlands.com/community/Firewoodpermit.aspx

If you do not receive two emails immediately after purchasing your permit, one from us and the other from PayPal, the transaction has not been successful.  Troubleshooting tips:  
   1) Try refreshing your page, 
   2) Ensure you have a strong, stable internet connection, and 
   3) sign up for a PayPal account and purchase through PayPal.  

If you are have difficulties, please email environment@islandtimberlands.com and we will respond to you on the next business day.

Permits for firewood harvesting are available this weekend in Port Alberni at the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.

There is no firewood available in the Shawnigan, Chemainus, Port McNeill, Powell River or Extension areas at this time.

Safety Equipment Required  *REVISED*:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, chainsaw pads/pants and gloves.

Safety is our priority.

You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate timing on the 'Access Information' blog post for this weekend to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Nanaimo Community Firewood Fundraiser - Weekend of November 14-15

The Oceanside Rage U12 Girls Softball will be selling firewood permits at our NLR47 gate this weekend (Nanaimo Lakes Road, approximately 4.7km from the intersection of Wakesiah & Nanaimo Lakes Road).

Permits will be sold for $30 cash per load (~2/3 of a cord, i.e one pick-up truck or trailer).

Sales will start at 8am and close at 3pm.

Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, gloves and chainsaw pads/pants.

Safety is our priority.

Any questions, just submit them here on the blog to get the answers for everyone to read.

Access Information for the Weekend of November 14-15

The following gates are expected to be open for this weekend.
Do not expect any additional gates to be opened for the weekend.
  • Shawnigan*: Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Chemainus*:  Open 6am/ close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 22km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Nanaimo River Camp*:  Open 6am / close 3pm.
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Buckley Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Oyster River*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 17km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Cameron Main to 17km - expect it to be closed at 17km.  
  • Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 
  • Pass Main (access to Mt. Arrowsmith):  Open

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in; we will not send staff out to open any gate after hours.  Please do not park your vehicle blocking any road, at any time.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles (i.e. ATVs, UTVs, buggies or side-by-sides) are authorized on our private property.

Firewood Opportunities for the Weekend of November 14-15

Online permit sales for firewood harvesting in the Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Cameron, Ash and Oyster areas are available at - http://www.islandtimberlands.com/community/Firewoodpermit.aspx

If you do not receive two emails immediately after purchasing your permit, one from us and the other from PayPal, the transaction has not been successful.  Troubleshooting tips:  
   1) Try refreshing your page, 
   2) Ensure you have a strong, stable internet connection, and 
   3) sign up for a PayPal account and purchase through PayPal.  

If you are have difficulties, please email environment@islandtimberlands.com and we will respond to you on the next business day.

Permits for firewood harvesting are available this weekend in Port Alberni at the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.

There is no firewood available in the Shawnigan, Chemainus, Port McNeill, Powell River or Extension areas at this time.

Safety Equipment Required  *REVISED*:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, chainsaw pads/pants and gloves.

Safety is our priority.

You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate timing on the 'Access Information' blog post for this weekend to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Firewood Opportunities for Remembrance Day

Online permit sales for firewood harvesting in the Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Cameron, Ash and Oyster areas are available at - http://www.islandtimberlands.com/community/Firewoodpermit.aspx

If you do not receive two emails immediately after purchasing your permit, one from us and the other from PayPal, the transaction has not been successful.  Troubleshooting tips:  
   1) Try refreshing your page, 
   2) Ensure you have a strong, stable internet connection, and 
   3) sign up for a PayPal account and purchase through PayPal.  

If you are have difficulties, please email environment@islandtimberlands.com and we will respond to you on the next business day.

Permits for firewood harvesting are available in the Port Alberni area this holiday at the Tourism Information Centers located at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.

There is no firewood available in the Shawnigan, Chemainus, Port McNeill, Powell River or Extension areas at this time.

Safety Equipment Required  *REVISED*:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, chainsaw pads/pants and gloves.

Safety is our priority.

You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate timing on the 'Access Information' blog post for this weekend to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.

Access Information for Remembrance Day

The following gates are expected to be open for this holiday.
Do not expect any additional gates to be opened at any time.  If you travel up a spur road, expect that you could be locked in at any time.

  • Shawnigan*: Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Chemainus*:  Open 6am/ close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 22km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Nanaimo River Camp*:  Open 6am / close 3pm.
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Buckley Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Oyster River*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 17km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Cameron Main to 17km - expect it to be closed at 17km.  
  • Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 
  • Pass Main (access to Mt. Arrowsmith):  Open

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in; we will not send staff out to open any gate after hours.  Please do not park your vehicle blocking any road, at any time.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles (i.e. ATVs, UTVs, buggies or side-by-sides) are authorized on our private property.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Nanaimo Community Firewood Fundraiser - Weekend of November 7-8

The Pauline Haarer PAC will be selling firewood permits at our NLR47 gate this weekend (Nanaimo Lakes Road, approximately 4.7km from the intersection of Wakesiah & Nanaimo Lakes Road).

Permits will be sold for $30 cash per load (~2/3 of a cord, i.e one pick-up truck or trailer).

Sales will start at 8am and close at 3pm.

Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, gloves and chainsaw pads/pants.
Safety is our priority.

Any questions, just submit them here on the blog to get the answers for everyone to read.

Firewood opportunities for the weekend of November 7-8

Online permit sales for firewood harvesting in the Shawnigan, Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Cameron, Ash and Oyster areas are available at - http://www.islandtimberlands.com/community/Firewoodpermit.aspx

If you do not receive two emails immediately after purchasing your permit, one from us and the other from PayPal, the transaction has not been successful.  Troubleshooting tips:  
   1) Try refreshing your page, 
   2) Ensure you have a strong, stable internet connection, and 
   3) sign up for a PayPal account and purchase through PayPal.  

If you are have difficulties, please email environment@islandtimberlands.com and we will respond to you on the next business day.

Permits for firewood harvesting are available this weekend in the Port Alberni and the Duncan/Shawnigan area this weekend at their respective Tourism Information Centers:
  • For Shawnigan area - the Cowichan Regional Visitor Center at 2896 Drinkwater Road (250-746-4636) in Duncan; hours are 9am-5pm Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday;
  • For Port Alberni - the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.
There is no firewood available in the Chemainus, Port McNeill, Powell River or Extension areas at this time.

Safety Equipment Required  *REVISED*:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, chainsaw pads/pants and gloves.

Safety is our priority.

You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate timing on the 'Access Information' blog post for this weekend to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.

Access information for the weekend of November 7-8

The following gates are expected to be open for this weekend.
Do not expect any additional gates to be opened for the weekend.
  • Shawnigan*: Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Chemainus*:  Open 6am/ close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 22km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Nanaimo River Camp*:  Open 6am / close 3pm.
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Buckley Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Oyster River*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 17km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Cameron Main to 17km - expect it to be closed at 17km.  
  • Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 
  • Pass Main (access to Mt. Arrowsmith):  Open

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in; we will not send staff out to open any gate after hours.  Please do not park your vehicle blocking any road, at any time.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles (i.e. ATVs, UTVs, buggies or side-by-sides) are authorized on our private property.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Access Expectations on Island Timberlands' private managed forest land

We regularly receive numerous inquiries about public access and use of our private managed forest lands.  Here are some key points you should be aware of:

  • Island Timberlands' provides access to areas of our private managed forest land on weekends for respectful recreational use.
  • Access is not permitted on weekdays.
  • Firewood is available for harvest for a small fee.  Please see blog postings specific to firewood.
  • Off road vehicles, including ATVs, UTVs, buggies, and side-by-sides are not permitted on our property.
  • Registered, licensed and insured road capable motorbikes are permitted on our logging roads only.  There is no use permitted off our logging roads.
  • We have roaming security patrol that can clarify questions you have if you see them out and about, seven days a week.  They will issue violation notices if you are found not to be respecting our access expectations.  This may include towing of your vehicle.

For more information, please review our Access Guide Pamphlet for our Industrial Roads.




Firewood permits for the Weekend of October 31 - November 1

Online permit sales for firewood harvesting in the Shawnigan, Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Cameron, Ash and Oyster areas are available at - http://www.islandtimberlands.com/community/Firewoodpermit.aspx

If you do not receive two emails immediately after purchasing your permit, one from us and the other from PayPal, the transaction has not been successful.  Troubleshooting tips:  
   1) Try refreshing your page, 
   2) Ensure you have a strong, stable internet connection, and 
   3) sign up for a PayPal account and purchase through PayPal.  

If you are have difficulties, please email environment@islandtimberlands.com and we will respond to you on the next business day.

Permits for firewood harvesting are available this weekend in the Port Alberni and the Duncan/Shawnigan area this weekend at their respective Tourism Information Centers:
  • For Shawnigan area - the Cowichan Regional Visitor Center at 2896 Drinkwater Road (250-746-4636) in Duncan; hours are 9am-5pm Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday;
  • For Port Alberni - the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.
There is no firewood available in the Chemainus, Port McNeill, Powell River or Extension areas at this time.

Safety Equipment Required:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection and chainsaw pads/pants.
Safety is our priority.

No permits will be sold at any gate for cash.

You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate timing on the 'Access Information' blog post for this weekend to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.

Access Information for the Weekend of October 31 - November 1

The following gates are expected to be open for this weekend.
Do not expect any additional gates to be opened for the weekend.
  • Shawnigan*: Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Chemainus*:  Open 6am/ close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 22km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Nanaimo River Camp*:  Open 6am / close 3pm.
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Buckley Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Oyster River*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 17km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Cameron Main to 17km - expect it to be closed at 17km.  
  • Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 
  • Pass Main (access to Mt. Arrowsmith):  Open

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in; we will not send staff out to open any gate after hours.  Please do not park your vehicle blocking any road, at any time.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles (i.e. ATVs, UTVs, buggies or side-by-sides) are authorized on our private property.

Nanaimo Community Firewood Fundraiser - Weekend of October 31-November 1

Volunteer Nanaimo will be selling firewood permits at our NLR47 gate this weekend (Nanaimo Lakes Road, approximately 4.7km from the intersection of Wakesiah & Nanaimo Lakes Road).

Permits will be sold for $30 cash per load (~2/3 of a cord, i.e one pick-up truck or trailer).

Sales will start at 8am and close at 3pm.

Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, and chainsaw pads/pants.
Safety is our priority.

Any questions, just submit them here on the blog to get the answers for everyone to read.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Recreational Access Closure - Holiday Main

Effective immediately, Holiday Main will be closed until further notice.
Buckley Bay Main will continue to be open on weekends for the remainder of hunting season.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Community Fundraiser Firewood Sale - Nanaimo - October 24-25

Volunteer Nanaimo will be selling firewood permits at our NLR47 gate this weekend (Nanaimo Lakes Road, approximately 4.7km from the intersection of Wakesiah & Nanaimo Lakes Road).

Permits will be sold for $30 cash per load (~2/3 of a cord, i.e one pick-up truck or trailer).

Sales will start at 8am and close at 3pm.

Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, and chainsaw pads/pants.
Safety is our priority.

Any questions, just submit them here on the blog to get the answers for everyone to read.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Access information for the weekend of October 24-25

The following gates are expected to be open for this weekend.
Do not expect any additional gates to be opened for the weekend.
  • Shawnigan*: Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Chemainus*:  Open 6am/ close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 22km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Nanaimo River Camp*:  Open 6am / close 3pm.
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Buckley Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Oyster River*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 17km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Cameron Main to 17km - expect it to be closed at 17km.  
  • Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in.  Please do not park your vehicle blocking any road, at any time.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles are authorized on our private property.

Firewood permits for the weekend of October 24-25

Online permit sales for firewood harvesting in the Shawnigan, Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Cameron, Ash and Oyster areas are available at - http://www.islandtimberlands.com/community/Firewoodpermit.aspx

Permits for firewood harvesting are available this weekend in the Port Alberni and the Duncan/Shawnigan area this weekend at their respective Tourism Information Centers:
  • For Shawnigan area - the Cowichan Regional Visitor Center at 2896 Drinkwater Road (250-746-4636) in Duncan; hours are 9am-5pm Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday;
  • For Port Alberni - the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.
There is no firewood available in the Chemainus, Nanaimo or Extension areas at this time.

If you are have difficulties, please email environment@islandtimberlands.com and we will respond to you on the next business day.

If you do not receive two emails immediately after purchasing your permit, one from us and the other from PayPal, the transaction has not been successful.  Try refreshing your page and use another credit card.

Safety Equipment Required:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection and chainsaw pads/pants.
Safety is our priority.

No permits will be sold at any gate for cash.

You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate timing on the 'Access Information' blog post for this weekend to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Access information for the Weekend of October 17-18

The following gates are expected to be open for this weekend.
Do not expect any additional gates to be opened for the weekend.
  • Shawnigan*: Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Chemainus*:  Open 6am/ close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 22km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Nanaimo River Camp*:  Open 6am / close 3pm.
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Buckley Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Oyster River*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Cameron Main, Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in.  Please do not park your vehicle blocking any road, at any time.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles are authorized on our private property.

Firewood permit sales for the weekend of October 17-18

Online permit sales for firewood harvesting in the Shawnigan, Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Cameron, Ash and Oyster areas are available at - http://www.islandtimberlands.com/community/Firewoodpermit.aspx

Permits for firewood harvesting are available this weekend in the Port Alberni and the Duncan/Shawnigan area this weekend at their respective Tourism Information Centers:
  • For Shawnigan area - the Cowichan Regional Visitor Center at 2896 Drinkwater Road (250-746-4636) in Duncan; hours are 9am-5pm Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday;
  • For Port Alberni - the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.
There is no firewood available in the Chemainus, Nanaimo or Extension areas at this time.

If you are have difficulties, please email environment@islandtimberlands.com and we will respond to you on the next business day.  If you do not receive two emails immediately after purchasing your permit, one from us and the other from PayPal, the transaction has not been successful.  Try refreshing your page and use another credit card.

Safety Equipment Required:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection and chainsaw pads/pants.
Safety is our priority.

No permits will be sold at any gate for cash.

You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate timing on the 'Access Information' blog post for this weekend to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Firewood permit sales for the Thanksgiving long weekend

Permits for firewood harvesting are available this weekend in the Port Alberni and the Duncan/Shawnigan area this weekend at their respective Tourism Information Centers:
  • For Shawnigan area - the Cowichan Regional Visitor Center at 2896 Drinkwater Road (250-746-4636) in Duncan; hours are 9am-5pm Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday and open holiday Monday 9am-12pm;
  • For Port Alberni - the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.
Permits for firewood harvesting in the Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay and Oyster areas are available only only.  You can also purchase permits for the Shawnigan and Port Alberni areas online.

There is no firewood available in the Chemainus, Nanaimo or Extension areas at this time.

http://islandtimberlands.com/community/Firewoodpermit.aspx

If you are have difficulties, please email environment@islandtimberlands.com and we will respond to you on the next business day.  If you do not receive two emails immediately after purchasing your permit, one from us and the other from PayPal, the transaction has not been successful.  Try refreshing your page and use another credit card.

Safety Equipment Required:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection and chainsaw pads/pants.
Safety is our priority.

No permits will be sold at any gate for cash.

You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate timing on the 'Access Information' blog post for this weekend to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Access Information for the Weekend of October 10-12

The following gates are expected to be open for the weekend and the holiday Monday.  Do not expect any additional gates to be opened for the weekend.
  • Shawnigan*: Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Chemainus*:  Open 6am/ close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 22km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Nanaimo River Camp*:  Open 6am / close 3pm.
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Buckley Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Oyster River*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Cameron Main, Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in.  Please do not park your vehicle blocking any road, at any time.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles are authorized on our private property.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Firewood Permit Sales - UPDATE

Firewood permit sales are being temporarily suspended through this week as we complete some updates to our online permit process to make it more clear for those interested in purchasing a permit.

Permits are expected to be available for sale by the end of the week in time for weekend firewood harvesting.

We have received many comments about our new firewood permitting process.  The payment process is secure for use with your credit card.

Basic troubleshooting:
If you have completed all the forms correctly using a valid credit card, you should receive two emails within a minute of completing the process.  One email will be from Island Timberlands with your permit, the firewood area map, and our rules for harvesting firewood.
Another email will be from PayPal indicating the transaction was successful and you've paid $20 for your permit.  If you do not receive both emails, it is very likely the transaction was not successful.  In this scenario, we suggest  registering with PayPal if you were unsuccessful using your credit card as a guest of PayPal.  If you have a PayPal account and the payment was unsuccessful, try a different credit card.

Thank you for your patience as we work to simply this process for all those involved.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Access Information for the Weekend of October 3-4

The following gates are expected to be open.  Do not expect any additional gates to be opened for the weekend.
  • Shawnigan*: Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Copper Canyon*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Nanaimo River Camp*:  Open 6am / close 3pm.
  • Extension Road @ Virostko Road:  Open 9am / close 5pm (for firewood only).
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Buckley Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Oyster River*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Cameron Main, Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in.  Please do not park your vehicle blocking any road, at any time.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles are authorized on our private property.

Firewood Permit Sales for the Weekend of October 3-4

Permits for firewood harvesting, and access to firewood areas, will be available for sale this weekend. This weekend the only areas open to purchase firewood for are Shawnigan, Northwest Bay, Extension Road, Buckley Bay, Oyster, Ash, Cameron and Ucluelet on our 'Operating Area' list.  Do not select others as you will not be issued a correct permit.

Note - The Extension Road area is considered 'Northwest Bay' as well in our dropdown listing of operating areas.

If you are have difficulties, please email environment@islandtimberlands.com and we will respond to you.  You can also call 250-468-6810 and leave a voicemail.

Safety Equipment Required:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection and chainsaw pads/pants.
Safety is our priority.

There are two ways to purchase a firewood permit:

First, we have introduced online permit sales from our website.  Our website is undergoing maintenance and we hope permits will be for sale on Saturday.

Second, permits and associated maps are available for purchase at two visitor information centers on Vancouver Island:

  • For Shawnigan area - the Cowichan Regional Visitor Center at 2896 Drinkwater Road (250-746-4636) in Duncan; hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, and closed Sundays;
  • For Port Alberni - the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.
No permits will be sold at any gate for cash.

You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate timing on the 'Access Information' blog post for this weekend to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Recreational Access Closure - Chemainus Main 22km

Chemainus Main will be blocked at 22km with a gate, seven days a week, until the end of the year.
This closure is effective September 29.

This restriction is being put in place to facilitate safe forest operations in the area.



Monday, September 28, 2015

Firewood Permit Sales

Firewood permit sales are being temporarily suspended through this week as we look to make improvements to the online process.  Permits are expected to be available for sale by the end of the week in time for weekend firewood harvesting.

We have received many comments about our new firewood permitting process.  The payment process is secure for use with your credit card.

If you have completed all the forms correctly using a valid credit card, you should receive two emails within a minute of completing the process.  One email will be from Island Timberlands with your permit, the firewood area map, and our rules for harvesting firewood.  Another email will be from PayPal indicating the transaction was successful and you've paid $20 for your permit.  If you do not receive both emails, it is very likely the transaction was not successful.  In this scenario, we suggest  registering with PayPal if you were unsuccessful using your credit card as a guest of PayPal.  If you have a PayPal account and the payment was unsuccessful, try a different credit card.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Firewood Opportunities for the Weekend of September 26-27

Permits for firewood harvesting, and access to firewood areas, will be available for sale this weekend. This weekend the only areas open to purchase firewood for are Shawnigan, Chemainus, Northwest Bay, Extension Road, Buckley Bay, Oyster, Ash, Cameron and Ucluelet on our 'Operating Area' list.  Do not select others as you will not be issued a correct permit.

Note - The Extension Road area is considered 'Northwest Bay' as well in our dropdown listing of operating areas.

If you are have difficulties, please email environment@islandtimberlands.com and we will respond to you.  You can also call 250-468-6810 and leave a voicemail.

Safety Equipment Required:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection and chainsaw pads/pants.
Safety is our priority.

There are two ways to purchase a firewood permit:

First, we have introduced online permit sales from our website. Go to http://islandtimberlands.com/community/Firewoodpermit.aspx, fill out the form and pay using your credit card or PayPal.

Once payment has occurred, you will be emailed your firewood permit, the map of the area for firewood harvesting and the rules applicable to firewood harvesting.

Second, permits and associated maps are available for purchase at two visitor information centers on Vancouver Island:

  • For Shawnigan area - the Cowichan Regional Visitor Center at 2896 Drinkwater Road (250-746-4636) in Duncan; hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, and 10am-2pm for Sundays;
  • For Port Alberni - the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.
You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate timing on the 'Access Information' blog post for this weekend to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.

Community firewood fundraiser wood is available, please review its individual blog post for this weekend.


Access Information for the Weekend of September 26-27

The following gates are expected to be open.  Do not expect any additional gates to be opened for the weekend.
  • Shawnigan*: Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Copper Canyon*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Nanaimo River Camp*:  Open 6am / close 3pm.
  • Extension Road @ Virostko Road:  Open 9am / close 5pm (for firewood only).
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Buckley Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Oyster River*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Cameron Main, Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in.  Please do not park your vehicle blocking any road, at any time.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles are authorized on our private proper

Community Firewood Fundraiser for the Weekend of September 26-27

One area is open in the mid-Island region for firewood harvesting, funding a local community group.

Permits are for purchase in these areas cash only at the site.  Sales and firewood cutting will start at 8am Saturday and Sunday, and close promptly at 4pm.  Permits will not be sold past 3pm to ensure everyone can complete their harvesting in time.  Permits are $30.

  • Hilliers:  U14 Girls Soccer will be hosting firewood cutting on site just off of Highway 4 where it intersects with Hilliers Road South, west of the Town of Qualicum Beach.
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection and chainsaw pads/pants.
Safety is our priority.

Any questions, just submit them here on the blog to get the answers for everyone to read.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Recreation Access Closure - 155 Main in Northwest Bay

155 Mainline in the Nanoose/Northwest Bay area will be closed this weekend (Sept 19-20) at the 8km bridge.

It is expected to be open for next weekend.


Community Firewood Fundraiser for the Weekend of September 19-20

One area is open in the mid-Island region for firewood harvesting, funding a local community group.

Permits are for purchase in these areas cash only at the site.  Sales and firewood cutting will start at 8am Saturday and Sunday, and close promptly at 4pm.  Permits will not be sold past 3pm to ensure everyone can complete their harvesting in time.  Permits are $30.

  • Hilliers:  Kirkwood Dance Academy will be hosting firewood cutting on site just off of Highway 4 where it intersects with Hilliers Road South, west of the Town of Qualicum Beach.
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection and chainsaw pads/pants.
Safety is our priority.

Any questions, just submit them here on the blog to get the answers for everyone to read.

Access Information for the Weekend of September 19-20 - UPDATED

The following gates are expected to be open.  Do not expect any additional gates to be opened for the weekend.

  • Shawnigan*: Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Copper Canyon*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Nanaimo River Camp*:  Open 6am / close 3pm.
  • Extension Road @ Virostko Road:  Open 9am / close 5pm (for firewood only).
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Buckley Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Oyster River*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Cameron Main, Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in.  Please do not park your vehicle blocking any road, at any time.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles are authorized on our private property.


Firewood Opportunities for the Weekend of September 19-20 - UPDATED

Permits for firewood harvesting, and access to firewood areas, will be available for sale this weekend. This weekend the only areas open to purchase firewood for are Shawnigan, Chemainus, Northwest Bay, Extension Road, Buckley Bay, Oyster, Ash, Cameron and Ucluelet on our 'Operating Area' list.  Do not select others as you will not be issued a correct permit.

There are two ways to purchase a firewood permit:

First, we have introduced online permit sales from our website. Go to http://islandtimberlands.com/community/Firewoodpermit.aspx, fill out the form and pay using your credit card or PayPal.

Once payment has occurred, you will be emailed your firewood permit, the map of the area for firewood harvesting and the rules applicable to firewood harvesting.

Second, permits and associated maps are available for purchase at two visitor information centers on Vancouver Island:

  • For Shawnigan area - the Cowichan Regional Visitor Center at 2896 Drinkwater Road (250-746-4636) in Duncan; hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, and 10am-2pm for Sundays;
  • For Port Alberni - the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.
You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate times at this blog post to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.


Community firewood fundraiser wood is available, please review its individual blog post for this weekend.

Safety Equipment Reminder:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection and chainsaw pads/pants.
Safety is our priority.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Community firewood fundraisers for the weekend of September 12-13

Three areas are open in the mid-Island region for firewood harvesting, funding local community groups.

Permits are for purchase in these areas cash only at the site.  Sales and firewood cutting will start at 8am Saturday and Sunday, and close promptly at 4pm.  Permits will not be sold past 3pm to ensure everyone can complete their harvesting in time.

  • Hilliers:  Kirkwood Dance Academy will be hosting firewood cutting on site just off of Highway 4 where it intersects with Hilliers Road South, west of the Town of Qualicum Beach.
  • McKeown Road:  Just off the end of McKeown Road in the Cinnabar area, the Harbour City Football Club U15 Girls team will host Saturday permit sales; Kirkwood Dance Academy will host Sunday permit sales.
  • Extension Road:  Near the junction of Virostko Road and Extension Road in the Extension area, the Harbour City Football Club U15 Girls team will host Saturday permit sales; Kirkwood Dance Academy will host Sunday permit sales.
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection and chainsaw pads/pants. 
Safety is our priority.

Any questions, just submit them here on the blog to get the answers for everyone to read.




Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Recreation Access Closure - Cold Creek trail network

Effective September 9, all trails in the Cold Creek area (north of Highway 4 and west of Lacy Lake Road) in Port Alberni are closed weekdays.

This closure is in place to facilitate safe forest operations in the area.

We anticipate the closure to be lifted by late October.

The trails will be open on weekends.

Firewood opportunities for the weekend of September 12-13 - UPDATE

Permits for firewood harvesting, and access to firewood areas, will be available for sale this weekend.

There are two ways to purchase a firewood permit.

First, we are introducing online permit sales from our website.  STARTING FRIDAY SEPT. 11 - Go to; http://islandtimberlands.com/community/Firewoodpermit.aspx, fill out the form and pay using your credit card or PayPal.

This weekend the only areas open to purchase firewood for are Northwest Bay, Ash and Cameron on our 'Operating Area' list.

Once payment has occurred, you will be emailed your firewood permit, the map of the area for firewood harvesting and the rules applicable to firewood harvesting.

Second, permits and associated maps are available for purchase at two visitor information centers on Vancouver Island (1) the Cowichan Regional Visitor Center at 2896 Drinkwater Road (250-746-4636) in Duncan for our Shawnigan area; and (2) at the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy.

The Cowichan Regional Visitor Center hours are from 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday (with exception of this coming holiday Monday), and 10am-2pm for Sundays and the holiday Monday.  The Port Alberni Visitor Information Center is open from 9am-5pm daily.

You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.

Access information for the weekend of September 12-13

The following gates are expected to be open.  Do not expect any additional gates to be opened for the weekend.


  • Shawnigan*: Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Copper Canyon*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Nanaimo River Camp*:  Open 6am / close 3pm.
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Buckley Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Oyster River*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Cameron Main, Ash Main, Comox Main:  Open 


These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

All recreationalists take care, it is the first big weekend for hunting.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

Please no fires, and no camping.

All trails are also open for recreation including the Trans-Canada Trail, Alberni Inlet Trail & CPR Trail.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Hunting Season Access 2015 - Update

Hunting will be permitted on Island Timberlands' property for the fall season weekends only (including statutory holidays). This is to minimize safety concerns.

Gates scheduled for opening are as follows:

-Shawnigan (off Waters Road):  Open 6am-4pm
-Copper Canyon (from MacMillan Road):  Open 6am-4pm
-Nanaimo River Camp* (off Nanaimo Lakes Road):  Open 6am-3pm
-Northwest Bay* (off Highway 19):  Open 6am-4pm
-Buckley Bay (off Highway 19):  Open 6am-4pm
-Oyster River (from Cranberry Road):  Open 6am-4pm

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in.

*Northwest Bay and Nanaimo River Camp:  Gates attendants from VIU will be collecting information for the Province and for Island Timberlands, such as hunter effort and time in and out of our private property.

At Shawnigan, Copper Canyon, Buckley Bay and Oyster River, there will be sign in stations set up that may or may not be attended by our security team.  We request that you sign in and out for safety purposes.






Thursday, September 3, 2015

Firewood opportunities for the weekend of September 5-7

Permits for firewood harvesting, and access to firewood areas, will be available for sale starting this weekend.

Firewood will be made available in the Shawnigan area for the long weekend.

Permits and associated maps are available for purchase at the Cowichan Regional Visitor Center at 2896 Drinkwater Road in Duncan.

The Visitor Center hours are from 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday (with exception of this coming holiday Monday), and 10am-2pm for Sundays and the holiday Monday.  


Access information for the weekend of September 5-7

All main gates are planned to be open for the upcoming long weekend. All trails are also open for recreation including the Trans-Canada Trail, Alberni Inlet Trail & CPR Trail.

Gate times are as follows:

For the gates on the east side of Vancouver Island, the times the gates will be open are as follows:

 - Northwest Bay, Copper Canyon, Shawnigan:  The gate will be open at 8am and will be closed at 5pm.

Gates will be closed promptly at 5pm.  Staff will not be deployed to open the gate after hours if you are late leaving the woods.

The Iron River/Oyster River and Buckley Bay gates will not be opened this weekend.

For the Alberni Valley, gates for Cameron Main, Canal Main, and Comox Trail are planned to be open.  Some smaller roads may be gated off the mainlines to protect our assets.

Hunting season is starting for the year so be careful and watch out for fellow recreationalists.

Firewood harvesting for personal use will be available starting this weekend.  Review the firewood specific blog post.

Please no fires, and no camping.


If you do spot a wildfire, report it to the Coastal Fire Center at *5555 from your mobile phone.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Access information for the weekend of August 29-30

All Island Timberlands' property on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast is closed to public access due to the forest fire risk.

We understand there this precipitation in the forecast.  Until we can assess the impact on the forest fire risk to our property following any precipitation, the property closure will remain in place.

This includes areas accessed through gates, or through trails.

Please respect the closure at this time.

If you spot a wildlife, report it to the Province on your mobile phone at *5555.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hunting Season Access 2015

All properties are currently closed to the public for recreation, including hunting, until the forest fire risk decreases.  Watch our blog for regular updates.

Once gates are opened, there will be specified times.

Thank you for respecting this temporary delay to the season.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Gate information for the weekend of August 22-23

All Island Timberlands' property on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast is closed to public access due to the forest fire risk.

This includes areas accessed through gates, or through trails.

Please respect the closure at this time.

If you spot a wildlife, report it to the Province on your mobile phone at *5555.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Gate information for the weekend of August 15-16


Gates on the east side of Vancouver Island will be closed this weekend with the forest fire risk at high to extreme levels.  This also means all other access to non-gated areas on the east side of Vancouver Island is not open for recreation.

For the Alberni Valley, the main gates for the south (Cameron area) and north (Ash area) sides of the Alberni Valley will be open for the weekend.  Some side roads may be gated within these two general areas.


Recreational access is provided on our private property for respectful day use.  No camping, and no campfires.

No off road vehicles are permitted on the property.


Report a wildlife to the Coastal Fire Center at *5555 from your mobile phone.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Gate information for the weekend of August 9-10

The main gates for the south (Cameron area) and north (Ash area) sides of the Alberni Valley will be open for the weekend.

Gates on the east side of Vancouver Island will be closed this weekend, as the forest fire risk has not dropped as significantly in these areas.

Recreational access is provided on our private property for respectful day use.  No camping, and no campfires.

No off road vehicles are permitted on the property.


Report a wildlife to the Coastal Fire Center at *5555 from your mobile phone.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Gate information for the August Long Weekend

All gates will be closed this weekend due to increasing forest fire risk.  No access is permitted on our property this weekend.

Please note there is no authorized camping on Island Timberlands property, with the exception of Macktush campground on the Alberni Inlet.

For further information on Island Timberlands' general access expectations once gates re-open, please review the attached pamphlet.

If you spot a forest fire, please report to the Province at *5555 on your mobile phone.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Gate information for the weekend of July 25-26

With some rain, we have decided to provide access for safe, responsible recreation this weekend on the west side of the Island.

For the gates in the Alberni Valley, the main gates at the start of Cameron Main, Ash Main and Comox Main will be open at similar times.

East side gates may be opened in the coming weekends depending on forest fire weather conditions.

Report a wildlife to the Coastal Fire Center at *5555 from your mobile phone.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Gate information and Public access week commencing July 13th

Island Timberlands will remain closed to public access until further notice, we have considered the weekend precipitation and the impending dry warm weather into the coming weekend and therefore public access remains restricted

Access will remain closed until further notice pending significant precipitation.

Please note Ash Main and Comox Main will gated and closed as well.

We appreciate the public's cooperation and respect of our private forestlands.


Please report all wildfires


Report a wildfire to the Coastal Fire Center at *5555 from your mobile phone

ISLAND TIMBERLANDS

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Gate Information commencing June 30th

Due to the current extreme wildfire hazard conditions, Island Timberlands is restricting all public access to it's private managed forest lands effective immediately.


Access will remain closed until further notice pending significant precipitation.


Please note Ash Main and Comox Main will gated and closed as well.


We appreciate the public's cooperation and respect of our private forestlands.


ISLAND TIMBERLANDS



Monday, June 29, 2015

Gate Information for the week of June29th

Due to the extreme fire hazard Island Timberlands will be commence a total closure of all gates.


All gates on the east side of Vancouver Island will be starting July 1st due to increasing forest fire danger risk.

For the Alberni Valley, gates on Canal Main at CX91 and CX165 will be closed.   Gates at Mission Road and Canal Main may be closed due to on-going theft and vandalism. To avoid potential delays, use McCoy Lake Road and Woodward Pit Road to access the Canal Main FSR.

Cameron Main is closed part way down the Cameron Valley; please review its specific blog posting for more information.

With increasing forest fire danger, and the long range forecast of hot weather gates will be closed until further notice.

Report a wildlife to the Coastal Fire Center at *5555 from your mobile phone.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Gate Information for the weekend of June 27th -28th

All gates on the east side of Vancouver Island will be closed this weekend due to increasing forest fire danger risk.

For the Alberni Valley, gates on Canal Main at CX91 and CX165 will be closed.  All other gates are expected to be open.  Gates at Mission Road and Canal Main may be closed due to on-going theft and vandalism. To avoid potential delays, use McCoy Lake Road and Woodward Pit Road to access the Canal Main FSR.

Cameron Main is closed part way down the Cameron Valley; please review its specific blog posting for more information.

With increasing forest fire danger, this could change without notice over the weekend. .

Report a wildlife to the Coastal Fire Center at *5555 from your mobile phone.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Gate information for the Weekend of June 20-21

All gates on the east side of Vancouver Island will be closed this weekend due to increasing forest fire danger risk.

For the Alberni Valley, gates on Canal Main at CX91 and CX165 will be closed.  All other gates are expected to be open.  Gates at Mission Road and Canal Main may be closed due to on-going theft and vandalism. To avoid potential delays, use McCoy Lake Road and Woodward Pit Road to access the Canal Main FSR.

Cameron Main is closed part way down the Cameron Valley; please review its specific blog posting for more information.

With increasing forest fire danger, this could change without notice over the weekend. .

Report a wildlife to the Coastal Fire Center at *5555 from your mobile phone.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Gate information for the Weekend of June 13-14

All gates on the east side of Vancouver Island will be closed this weekend due to increasing forest fire danger risk.

For the Alberni Valley, gates at Canal Main and CX165 will be closed.  All other gates are expected to be open.  With increasing forest fire danger, this could change without notice over the weekend. .

Cameron Main is closed part way down the Cameron Valley; please review its specific blog posting for more information.

Report a wildlife to the Coastal Fire Center at *5555 from your mobile phone.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Gate information for the Weekend of June 6-7

For the gates on the east side of Vancouver Island, the times the gates will be open are as follows:

 - Northwest Bay:  The gate will be open at 8am and will be closed at 5pm.

 - Copper Canyon:  The gate will be open at 8am and will be closed at 5pm.

 - Shawnigan/Glenora:  The gate will be open at 8am and will be closed at 5pm.

Gates will be closed promptly at 5pm.  Staff will not be deployed to open the gate after hours if you are late leaving the woods.

The Iron River/Oyster River and Buckley Bay gates will not be opened this weekend.

For the Alberni Valley, all gates except for Canal Main are open for this weekend.  Cameron Main is closed part way down the Cameron Valley; please review its specific blog posting for more information.

No firewood harvesting for the foreseeable future given the increased forest fire danger class.

Report a wildlife to the Coastal Fire Center at *5555 from your mobile phone.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Gate information for the Weekend of May 30-31

All gates on the east side of Vancouver Island are closed for the weekend.  These closures are to address a quickly increasing forest fire risk level.  These gates include:  Shawnigan, Copper Canyon, Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay and Iron River.

All gates except for Canal Main are open for this weekend.  Cameron Main is closed; please review its specific blog posting for more information.

No firewood harvesting for the foreseeable future given the increased forest fire danger class.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Gate information for the Weekend of May 23-24

Each of our gates on the east side of Vancouver Island are closed for the weekend.  These closures are to address a quickly increasing forest fire risk level.  These gates include:  Shawnigan, Copper Canyon, Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay and Iron River. 

Public Firewood Opportunities for the Weekend of May 23-24

With the drying and warming trend we've been experiencing, public firewood opportunities have been closed for the summer.  This may change if we experience a significant change in our weather conditions over the next several months.

Please report any forest fires to the Province of BC at *5555 on your mobile phone.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Recreational Access Closure - Cameron Mainline @ 24km

We anticipate a closure of Cameron Mainline starting on May 22.
The closure will be at 24km.
It is expected to be in place seven days a week, for approximately six weeks.

This will remove access to Labour Day Lake, Mt. Moriarty and Minna's Ridge.


Recreational Access Closure - Pass27

The Pass27 road is closed to vehicle traffic at this time.
This is to minimize firewood cutting of wood decked and ready to be hauled away.

This is the access route to the lower end of the Judges Route trail.

We expect to open up this road later into the summer.

Public Firewood Opportunities for the Weekend of May 16-18

Our warming weather is leading to increasing forest fire risk conditions.  This has caused the curtailment of firewood cutting opportunities.

As of May 12, we expect firewood sales to be available in Port Alberni only.  This may be updated as we approach the weekend.

In Port Alberni: Firewood permits can be purchased at the Visitor Information Center at the east side of town. The hours can fluctuate so give them a call first at 250-724-6535 to see if they are open.  They will provide a map to three areas open for firewood cutting close to town.

Gate Information for the Weekend of May 16-18

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

Northwest Bay (Nanoose Bay): The gate is scheduled to be open at 8am and closed at 5pm.

Buckley Bay:  The gate is not scheduled to be open until the fall hunting season.

Oyster/Iron River:  The gate is not scheduled to be open this weekend.

Copper Canyon (MacMillan Road, Chemainus): The gate is scheduled to be open at 8am and closed at 5pm.

Shawnigan (Waters Road, Glenora): The gate is scheduled to be open at 8am and closed at 5pm.

Port Alberni gates:  Expect Canal Main and Arbutus Main to be closed.
Expect CX91 and CX165 gates will be open.
The connector to TimberWest property at CX21 is now permanently closed  with road deactivation in place.  Expect Pass Main to be open, with Pass27 locked to prevent firewood harvesting in areas not designated for it.

Please note we only permit public use of our private forest lands on weekends when there is a significant reduction in safety risks in working and travelling around forestry operations/vehicles.

Gates will be locked promptly at their hours posted here.  If you are unable to leave the area after a gate has been locked, there will not be someone available to attend to unlock the gate.  Plan to be out by these posted times.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Public Firewood Opportunities for the Weekend of May 9-10

*UPDATED May 8*
Our warming weather is leading to increasing forest fire risk conditions.  This has caused the curtailment of firewood cutting opportunities.

1.  In Errington/Qualicum:  No firewood will be available here this weekend.

2.  In Nanoose Bay: No firewood will be available here this weekend.

3.  In South Nanaimo:  No firewood will be available here this weekend.

For non-fundraiser firewood:
For Saturday cutting only:

In Shawnigan (Glenora) and Chemainus (Copper Canyon): Firewood permits can be purchased at the Cowichan Regional Visitor  Center in Duncan, next to the Forest Discovery Center.  Their hours fluctuate in the spring months; we advise you call ahead to make sure they are open when you plan to visit to purchase a permit - 1-888-303-3337.  See the gate opening post for information on gate timing.

In Port Alberni: Firewood permits can be purchased at the Visitor Information Center at the east side of town. The hours can fluctuate so give them a call first at 250-724-6535 to see if they are open.  They will provide a map to three areas open for firewood cutting close to town.