Thursday, September 22, 2016

Firewood Opportunities for the Weekend of September 24th - 25th

You must carry your valid permit with you at all times.

Safety equipment requirements include chainsaw pants, sturdy work boots, eye protection and ear protection.

There will be random checks for Permits and Safety Equipment.  If you do not have a permit or adequate safety equipment our guards will ask you to leave the property.  Technical difficulties with online systems will not be an acceptable excuse for not having a permit, as there are other means to obtain a permit I.e. purchasing one from a local visitor centre.

There are 5 Operating areas open for firewood this weekend.  They are:

Cameron (Port Alberni)
Ash (Port Alberni)
Ashling Road (Spider Lake)
Northwest Bay
Mines Road (Duncan).

Maps of the areas can be obtained from the Visitors Centres listed below, or if you choose to use the online payment option, maps will be generated once you have completed the required fields.

Check the "Access" section of this blog (below) for gate time openings and closings.

There are 2 methods to obtain a Firewood Permit:
  1. Go to  and click on the "Our Company" tab.  Click on the "Firewood Permit Application" icon.  This will take you to our payment portal where you'll be able to choose the general firewood areas that suit your needs, input your required administration information, pay for a permit, then receive an email permit to your home computer, tablet or smartphone.  Credit Cards and Paypal accounts are both accepted as a means of payment. 
  2. To purchase a paper copy of an Island Timberlands Firewood Permit, please contact the following Visitor Centres for hours of operation and for further assistance:
  • Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre:
    • Address: 2896 Drinkwater Rd, Duncan BC V9L6C2
    • Phone: 888-303-3337
  • Parksville Visitor Centre:
    • Address: 1275 East Island Hwy, Parksville BC V9P2G3
    • Phone: 250-248-3613
  • Port Alberni Visitor Centre:
    • Address: 2533 Port Alberni Hwy, Port Alberni BC V9Y8P2
    • Phone: 250-724-6535


  1. Hi yesterday I believe i read that extension was open this weekend for wood cutting. Has that changed?

    1. Island Timberlands has not advertised Extension for Public Firewood cutting.

  2. Paid for the permit on-line, got email confirmation from paypal that I paid it but no permit was sent to my email as was stated when I made the transaction. I notice your website says technical difficulties are no excuse for not having a permit with you and that there are other methods are available to obtain a permit. What do I do is this circumstance?

    1. If you show the guard at the gate the email confirmation you received from PayPal, then this will suffice. What we are trying to avoid is people saying that the Paypal method was not working, yet they had no evidence of payment.

  3. If I buy a permit for northwest bay will I be able to use it for ashling(spider lake)?

  4. Hi is there any firewood opening in nanaimo this weekend

    1. This coming weekend firewood cutting will be available on Nanaimo Lakes Road at NLR 47. This is the same area where fund-raising firewood cutting has occurred in the past.

  5. Hey I need too get too jorden river on renfrew rd ,by shawnigan lake there's two gates usually just wondering when there open and times

  6. These roads (and gates) belong to Timberwest. You can reach Timberwest at:


    Phone: (250) 716-3700