Thursday, January 28, 2016

Firewood Opportunities for the Weekend of January 30-31

Three areas are open for firewood for this weekend:  Northwest Bay, Nanaimo and Port Alberni (Cameron and Ash).  There is a community firewood fundraiser in Nanaimo off Nanaimo Lakes Road 47 (NLR-47).  This is the first major gate on the right hand side of the road past the Nanaimo Fish and Game Club.

Permits for Northwest Bay and Port Alberni can be purchased online at our website or at the two respective Tourist Information Centers - Port Alberni and Parksville.

  • For Port Alberni area firewood, go to the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Highway; and
  • For Northwest Bay area firewood, go to the Parksville Visitor Center at 1275 East Island Highway.
Permits for the community firewood fundraiser are purchased on-site, 8am-3pm Saturday & Sunday.  $30 cash - no exceptions.  Partial proceeds benefit Nanaimo District Secondary School.

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.


  1. When will Shawnigan open up for firewood?

  2. We do not have an anticipated date. We schedule it weekly.
    Likely in the spring we will have some areas available.

  3. What's the quality of the wood in North West Bay certainly wouldn't want to waste the whole day out there if it's all picked over.