Friday, November 4, 2016

Access Information for the Weekend of November 5th and 6th

Increasing vandalism to our gates, access points and equipment affects everyone.  Don't let the few Criminals ruin access for everyone.  If you see someone damaging a gate/lock or driving around a gate - report them!  To report irresponsible behaviour call 1-250-830-8343 or 1-800-663-5555

The following openings/closures are in effect for this weekend:

  • Cameron Main: Open
  • Loon Lake: Open
  • Horne Lake North: Open 
  • Ash Main: Open 6:30 AM - Closed 4:00 PM 
  • Comox Main: Open 6:00 AM - Closed 3:30 PM 
    • ***Gate is closed/locked at Comox Main at 21.6 KM***
  • Museum Main: Open
  • Northwest Bay:  Open 6:00 AM - Closed 4:00 PM 
  • Chemainus Main (Copper Canyon):  Open 6:00 AM - Closed 4:00 PM 
    • ***Gate is closed/locked at Chemainus Main at 22  KM***
  • Mines Road: Open 7:00 AM - Closed 1:30 PM
  • Glenora (Shawnigan):  Open 6:00 AM - Closed 4:00 PM
  • Buckley Bay:  Open 6:00 AM - Closed 2:00 PM
  • Ashling Road (Spider Lake): Open 8:00 AM - Closed 4:00 PM
  • Oyster River:  Open 6:00 AM - Closed 2:00 PM
    • ***Gate is closed/locked at Oyster 16.5 KM and Oyster 1100**
  • Northwest Bay:  Open 6:00 AM - Closed 4:00 PM
  • Nanaimo River Camp:  Open 6:00 AM - Closed 3:00 PM

Hunting Season:  This season, gate time openings and closing may be different from previous years.  Oyster River and Buckley Bay will be open at 6:00 AM and close at 2:00 PM.    Note - All gate times and area openings are subject to change;  continue to check the blog for updates. 

No Off-Roading is permitted on Island Timberlands Property.  Please respect the environment and keep your vehicles on the main travelled roads at all times.

RAPP - Report All Poachers and Polluters:
Conservation Officer 24 Hour Hotline 1-877-952-RAPP (7277)

Unauthorized Access:  Unless otherwise noted in this blog, all of Island Timberlands' Property is closed to the public during the week, this includes hunting.  Unauthorized access, at any time, will not be tolerated and mobile Security patrols are active 24/7 to enforce this policy.  

Please enjoy your weekend safely!

No fires, camping, target practice/shooting or off-road vehicles (i.e. ATVs, UTVs, buggies or side-by-sides)  are permitted on our property, unless authorized by Island Timberlands.

If you see any suspicious activities on our lands you can report them anonymously on our Website On our home page, and at the bottom right hand corner, hover your pointer on the word "Contact", select, then go to the Type of Enquiries drop down.  Select "Report Suspicious Activities" make sure you also enter in the random passcode which appears just below your message.  Or you can Contact SafetyNet Security 250-830-8343. Thank you!


  1. Oystet River acceses
    Would you be able to explain why the gate at the 1100 and 16.5 km are locked. There is a lot of area back there to hunt. I was out hunting on saturday and felt a little unsafe with the amount of hunters limited to the open areas. Having these areas open would sure spread the hunters. Also is there any chance to extend the gate hours. I just feel if you where to harvest an animal in the afternoon it would be rushed to make the gate. As it stands vehicles are driving too fast to make the gate closure. I have heard a rummor the reason the other areas are locked ic it is off limits to guide
    Thanks for takinh the time to respond

  2. Currently the gates at 1100 and 16.5 km are closed to the public because we are active behind these gates and we need to ensure our assets are secured and everyone is safe. It's unfortunate that there are still a few bad apples out there that steal and vandalize equipment - because it does impact access to others.
    We do have concerns about the amount of vehicles in the area at any given time, and an option we will consider is limiting the amount of vehicles we let in. This would help to avoid congestion and address your safety concern.
    We are working to extend the gate opening times, but this is a work in progress and the times will not change for this hunting season.
    I have also heard the rumour that these gates (1100 and 16.5 km) are being locked to ensure exclusive guiding privileges. Although I cannot speak to past practices, I can tell you that this is not the case for 2016, and is not something that Island Timberlands has formally considered. Island Timberlands does have access agreements with many users including Outfitter Guides. At the current time, no users are given exclusive access to any (or part) of our lands.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to respond. Appreciate it