Friday, September 18, 2015

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, 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.


  1. Question- Re Northwest Bay, are these the same areas as last weekend, or has something new opened up?

  2. There are two areas open in Northwest Bay, and one open in the Extension Road area. Each of the three were available for firewood harvesting last weekend.

  3. Thank you for your prompt and helpful response.

  4. How far in are the lots at nwb located this year?

  5. This weekend there is one area about 500 meters from our gate, and then one about three kilometers back from the gate.