Friday, March 4, 2016

Firewood opportunities for the weekend of March 5th & 6th

Two areas are open for firewood for this weekend: Northwest Bay and Port Alberni (Cameron and Ash) and Shawnigan.  For those interested, there is a new area available for the Northwest Bay firewood in the Qualicum region off Ashling Road.  NWB has a additional area at Spider lake (SPL27) and the hours are 8:30-3:30 pm.Note updated Friday March 4th @ 0830 the Mines road 24 block is unavailable this weekend for firewood cutting.

Permits for these areas are available online at our website or at two Tourist Information Centers - Port Alberni and Parksville, for firewood harvesting in their respective areas.

You must carry your permit with you at all times.  If you are stopped without a permit, you will have to dump your load. NOTE: EFECTIVE THIS WEEKEND firewood pricing is changing from $20 to $30.
  • 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.

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.

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