Thursday, February 8, 2018

Access information for the weekend of Feb 10th, 11th, and 12th 2018 

Caution – Winter Conditions
Not all roads are plowed and hazardous road conditions may exist. 

Cameron Operation:  The Cameron Connector gate on Highway 4 will be open this weekend for public access to Pass Main (Mount Arrowsmith) and Labour Day Lake . Cameron Main will be closed from 0kms to 8 km for safety and operations purposes.  

Alberni Valley Inlet Trail: Please be advised that Island Timberlands is harvesting their Managed Forest at Ship Creek Road in and around the Alberni Valley Inlet Trail. For the next two months, the Inlet Trail and trails at Ship Creek Road will be closed from Monday to Friday to allow for this work. This closure includes the trail from the south parking lot near Franklin Forest Products, (Bell’s Bay).Trails will be open to the public on weekends. Please use caution when in the area and adhere to any posted signage.   

Log Train Trail and McLean’s Mill: There will be trail closures on Island Timberlands’ property, near the McLean’s mill, to ensure your safety while harvesting is taking place.

·         Closures will apply to the following trails: 
o    A portion of the Log Train Trail (Km 7-8) 
o    The access trail from the LTT to McLean’s Mill 
o    Additional secondary trails in the vicinity of the main trails described above 
·         The closure is effective immediately 
o    The Log Train Trail will re-open within two weeks
o    The Mill access trail and secondary trails will re-open 4-5 weeks
·         Please adhere to signage and check for updates on our blog

Comox and Ash Operation: Will be open this weekend

Northwest Bay Operation:  155 and 142 main are open

Chemainus (Copper Canyon) Operation: Closed

The following gate openings may change in the event of winter weather conditions: 

Hours (if applicable)
Cameron Main

Cameron Connector
Open (See above)
8 am - 4 pm
Loon Lake
Horne Lake North 100
Ash Main (at 22 km)
8 am - 4 pm
Ash Main (at 28.6 km)
8 am - 4 pm
Comox Main
8 am - 4 pm
Museum Main
Northwest Bay 
8 am - 4 pm
Nanaimo Lakes Road 45
Chemainus Main

Glenora (Shawnigan)

Buckley Bay
Ashling Rd (Spider Lake)
Oyster River
Nanaimo River Camp

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. 

 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:

o Comox Valley ATV Club
§ Oliver

o Mid-Island ATV Club
§ Brad

 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: 

o North Island Snow Mobile Club
§ Loren Tabish; 250-287-3505, Email:

§ 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:  
informative video material is available:
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 ***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


  1. Is there firewood this weekend in nanaimo

    1. Thanks for the question. I didn't know the answer so I went to the Link at the top of this page on the right hand side "Firewood Opportunities for Feb 10, 11 and 12". In this section I scrolled down to the table showing the list of current areas open for firewood. I saw one area listed in Nanaimo called McKeown which is near Extension. It said it was open - but at the top of this table it also suggest to check for any notices of closures in the "Access section of this blog" So I went back to this section and checked for any closures in the Nanaimo area. I didn't see any, so the answer to your question is "yes", there is an area in Nanaimo open for public firewood cutting this weekend.

  2. Copper Canyon going to be open anytime soon? Seems to be closed more often than not