Friday, February 12, 2016

Firewood Opportunities for the Weekend of February 13-14

Two areas are open for firewood for this weekend:  Northwest Bay and Port Alberni (Cameron and Ash).

Permits for these two areas are available online at our website or at the two respective Tourist Information Centers - Port Alberni and Parksville.  You must carry your permit with you at all times.  If you are stopped without a permit, you will have to dump your load.
  • 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.
There is no firewood available in any other area at this time.

For those curious, the locations and volume of firewood at the sites available has not changed in the past few weeks.

Safety Equipment Required:
Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, chainsaw pads/pants and gloves.

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.

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. Tried to purchase a firewood permit online but it didn't work. The site went to Paypal but I never got an email confirmation and the $20 was never debited from my account.

  2. If you did not receive an email, unfortunately the permit did not go through and you were not charged on your credit card. We suggest trying with a different credit card first. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can create one and then try from there. We have had some difficulties with credit card brands working on it.

    If that doesn't work, please visit the Visitor Info Center in Parksville or Port Alberni to purchase for the area where you are planning to harvest.

  3. Hi there,
    Is there still good wood available in the Northwest Bay firewood area?
    Kind regards,

  4. A new firewood block will be opened up for the upcoming weekend in the Northwest Bay area. The wood will not be seasoned; however it will be easily accessible from the road.

  5. will we still be able to cut where we have been if this is a new area open

  6. We expect to focus firewood permits to a new area, as the previous area is depleted in its supply. All available areas will be sent to you as maps with the purchase of your permit.