Thursday, December 21, 2017

                 Access information for the Holidays Dec 23rd to Jan 2, 2018
 


***Update for Access to the Alberni Operations***


Cameron, Ash and Comox Operations will be open to the public from Dec 23rd to Jan 2, 2018. See the table below for gate openings and closings times. There will be some work activities occurring in parts of the Operations so please heed all signage.


Please note that at this point in time we do not permit snowmobiles and ATV's in the Alberni Operations.  We do have an access agreement with the North Island Snowmobile Club for access in our Oyster River Operation (see contact details below)


Enjoy the Holiday Season!  


Cameron Operation:  The Cameron Connector gate will be open for public access from Dec 23rd to Jan 2.  Access will also be available via Cameron Main from 0 kms at the Cameron shop.



Comox and Ash Operation: Will be open to the public from Dec 23rd to Jan 2,  please obey the signs and do not go beyond an active work site sign.


Horne Lake North 100 and Loon Lake Mains: No public access due to unsafe road conditions.

Northwest Bay Operation: No public access due to unsafe road conditions.




Chemainus (Copper Canyon) Operation: No public access due to unsafe road conditions.

Shawnigan Operation: No public access due to unsafe road conditions.

Please use caution and be aware that you may encounter heavy equipment at any time.


GateStatusHours (if applicable)
Cameron Main Open  6 am - 6 pm
Loon LakeClosed                           
Cameron ConnectorOpen6 am - 6 pm
Horne Lake North 100Closed
Ash Main (at 22 km)Open  6 am - 6 pm
Ash Main (at 28.6 km)Open 6 am - 6 pm
Comox MainOpen 6 am - 6 pm
Comox-91Closed
Museum MainClosed
Northwest Bay Closed 
Nanaimo Lakes Road 45Closed
Chemainus MainClosed 
Glenora (Shawnigan)Closed 
Buckley BayClosed 
Ashling Rd (Spider Lake) Closed
Oyster RiverClosed 
Nanaimo River CampClosed 

Please Note: On weekdays, access is closed to the public unless authorized by Island Timberlands. Gates may be open to facilitate access by operational equipment and vehicles and may be closed anytime.

Notice: UpcomingTrail Closure – Alberni Inlet Trail



Island Timberlands will be active in our Managed Forest in the Ship Creek area in Port Alberni for the coming months.



  • Trails in the area will be closed Monday to Friday
  • The Alberni Inlet trail will be closed at approximately 1.4 km for the next two months
  • Signage and flag people will be in place during active operations
  • We will endeavor to keep the trail closed for as short a time as possible but public safety will be the priority
  • Please heed signs and barricades at all times

The trail will be open the holiday week from December 23-January 2 inclusive.

 Authorized ATV access to Island Timberlands' Roads





Island Timberlands has entered into access agreements with 2 ATV clubs on Vancouver Island, they are: The Comox Valley ATV Club and the Mid-Island ATV Club.  With similar values that include promoting safe and respectful recreational use of our roads this agreement allows for legal and authorized access to our private lands.  It is our hope that these agreements will help to continue building positive co-operation with ATV club enthusiasts and provide future opportunities for those wishing to ride their ATV's on Island Timberlands' roads.  For more information on either club contact:

Non-club members on ATV’s are not permitted on Island Timberlands’ roads or property.

Authorized Snow Mobile access to Island Timberlands   

Island Timberlands has renewed it access agreement with the North Island Snow Mobile Club (NISC).  The NISC has authorized access to specific roads and area in our Oyster River Operation.  For more information on the NISC contact:

Non-club members on Snow Mobiles are not permitted on Island Timberlands’ roads or property

CSWM Launches Illegal Dumping Prevention Program

Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) has launched a new program aimed at preventing illegal dumping across the region. This new program includes a public education and awareness campaign and a new illegal dumping bylaw.
For more information please visit: www.cswm.ca/illegaldumping
informative video material is available:

What is Illegal Dumping?

How Can We Stop Illegal Dumping? Please share with your networks.

To report a wildfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone.

Unauthorized Access or Suspicious Activities
Unauthorized access, at any time, will not be tolerated.
Unless otherwise authorized, ATV's and Snow Mobiles are not permitted on Island Timberlands Property. In addition, campfires, camping and off-roading are not permitted. Please respect the environment and keep your vehicles on the main travelled roads at all times.

Don't let the few criminals ruin access for everyone!
If you see any suspicious activities on our lands you can report them! Please do not put yourself in an unsafe situation or confrontation:  Contact Safety Net Security 250-830-8343 or
http://www.islandtimberlands.com ***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".

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

Thank you and please enjoy your weekend safely
Firewood Opportunities will be curtailed until the weekend of Jan 6th and 7th

Island Timberlands has fundraising opportunities available in the Nanaimo, Parksville, and Qualicum areas. Any group that is interested in our firewood fundraisers can contact Island Timberlands at;  info@islandtimberlands.com

Firewood is for personal use only and not to be sold.
To purchase an Island Timberlands Firewood Permit and the accompanying maps, after the holidays please contact the following Visitor Centers:

Parksville Visitor Centre:Closed Dec 23 to Jan 2  Happy Holidays

Address: 1275 East Island Hwy, Parksville BC V9P2G3

Phone: 250-248-3613

Hours: Mon-Fri 9-5, closed weekends


Port Alberni Visitor Centre: Closed Dec 22 to Jan 2 Happy Holidays

Address: 2533 Port Alberni Hwy, Port Alberni BC V9Y8P2

Phone: 250-724-6535

Hours: Mon-Fri 9-5, closed weekends


Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre: Closed Dec 23 to Jan 1 Happy Holidays

2896 Drinkwater Rd, Duncan BC V9L 6C2

Phone: 888-303-3337

Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm 




Thursday, December 14, 2017


Firewood Opportunities for the weekend of Dec 16th and 17th 2017

Island Timberlands has fundraising opportunities available in the Nanaimo, Parksville, and Qualicum areas. Any group that is interested in our firewood fundraisers can contact Island Timberlands at;  info@islandtimberlands.com

Firewood is for personal use only and not to be sold.
To purchase an Island Timberlands Firewood Permit and the accompanying maps, please contact the following Visitor Centers:

Parksville Visitor Centre:Closed Dec 23 to Jan 2  Happy Holidays

Address: 1275 East Island Hwy, Parksville BC V9P2G3

Phone: 250-248-3613

Hours: Mon-Fri 9-5, closed weekends


Port Alberni Visitor Centre: Closed Dec 22 to Jan 2 Happy Holidays

Address: 2533 Port Alberni Hwy, Port Alberni BC V9Y8P2

Phone: 250-724-6535

Hours: Mon-Fri 9-5, closed weekends


Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre: Closed Dec 23 to Jan 1 Happy Holidays

2896 Drinkwater Rd, Duncan BC V9L 6C2

Phone: 888-303-3337

Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm 



The following table displays the cost of a firewood permit.  Visitor Centers and Fund Raiser Groups use the same cost structure.


Firewood sites and times are as follows;





There will be random checks for Permits and Safety Equipment.  If you do not have a permit or adequate safety equipment your firewood may be confiscated, and you will be asked to leave the property.  Non-Compliance with these mandatory requirements may result in further penalties and restrictions.

You must carry your valid permit with you at all times!
Safety equipment requirements include: chainsaw pants, sturdy work boots, eye and ear protection
Check the "Access" section of this blog for gate time openings and closings.
Unless otherwise noted, public and fund raiser firewood opportunities are for weekends only. 
Notice
There have been incidents where people have been cutting firewood in non-authorized areas.  These areas may be allocated for our commercial firewood cutters and the public is not permitted to cut firewood in these areas.  Please be respectful to our commercial firewood cutters and only cut firewood in the areas outlined above.