Thursday, October 1, 2015

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 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.


  1. Hi there....when I hit the link to go to the firewood permit it says that there are no permits available at this time. this a glitch or is there no firewood this weekend? The Northwest bay access. .....

  2. Permits were opened for sale at 6pm. There was no glitch in the system.

  3. No firewood cutting in Chemainus/Copper Canyon for the rest of 2015.

  4. Our website continues to undergo maintenance to improve our permit sales process. We expect it to be up and running by Saturday Oct 3. Thanks for your patience.

  5. hi there do you think permits will be available this morning thanks

  6. We recognize people are looking for permits for today. We are working hard on the website; hopefully it will be ready today.

  7. i Just purchased a permit right now for Northwest Bay for tomorrow it thanked me for purchasing a permit and send it was sent to my email . i never received the permit on my email and i used pay pal and it charged me I do have a copy of the confirmation from island timberlands is this going to be enough to give at the gate. This is the 3rd time this has happened to me

  8. If you did not receive an email from Island Timberlands saying it is your official permit, the transaction was not successful. We suggest trying another credit card or sign up for PayPal and try again.

  9. is the permit site up n running yet