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.