Island Timberlands has responded to a number of wildfires on its lands in recent weeks, including the Arbutus Ridge wildfire, the Turtle Lake wildfire, and the Lacey Lake wildfire. All three are now out.
A fourth wildfire near Riverbottom Road in Cowichan has been contained and is currently in mop-up.
Firewood cutting opportunities on Island Timberlands private forest lands are available on weekends only, at the locations listed as 'Open' in the table below.
Please respect signs and gates.
|Area||Road||Location||Permit Sales||Status||Gate Hours (Sat-Sun)|
|Port Alberni||Franklin River Rd||Anderson Ave to Franklin River Rd. Take your first left||Alberni Visitors Center 7days/week 9am-5pm||Open||9am-4pm|
|Cameron||Roger's Creek 4 (RC4)||0.6km before the Coombs Candy Store. Contacts for permits: Jack 250-723-5851; Ron 250-720-8922; Dan 250-735-6093; Chad 250-720-8922; Bob 250-723-9727||Open||8am-4pm|
|Qualicum Bay||Cochrane Rd||Hwy 19A to Cochrane Road||Parksville Visitors Center (M-F 9am-5pm)||Open||9am-4pm|
|Parksville||Allsbrook 12||Hwy 4A to Allsbrook; turn right at 1.2kms||Parksville Visitors Center (M-F 9am-5pm)||Open||9am-4pm|
|Northwest Bay||155-110||West off Hwy19 at Norwest Bay, 11km up 155Main turn right||Parksville Visitors Center (M-F 9am-5pm)||Open||8am-4pm|
|Nanaimo||Nanaimo Lakes Rd 45||Follow Nanaimo Lakes Rd to the gate past the Gun Club||Parksville Visitors Center (M-F 9am-5pm)||Open||8am-4pm|
Recreational Access Opportunities
Recreational access opportunities to Island Timberlands private forest lands will change based on harvesting activities, environmental conditions (including wildfire), and other factors.
Recreational access to Island Timberlands private forest lands is available only through the gates indicated as 'Open', in the table below. To ensure public safety and the protection of the forest, all unauthorized access to Island Timberlands forest land is prohibited. Please respect signs and gates.
Where gates are indicated as 'Open', access is available weekends only. Overnight stays are not permitted.
*Note: Please be aware that while cooler temperatures and rainfall have lowered the wildfire danger rating in some areas, a risk of wildfire still persists. We appreciate your cooperation to help reduce the risk of new wildfires. To report a wildfire, please call *5555 on a cell phone or 1 800 663-5555 toll free.
|Yellow Creek Main||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Cameron @ 0km||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Cameron Connector Access to Mt Arrowsmith and Labour Day Lake||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Horne Lake North 100||Closed||Closed|
|Ash Main @ 22km Access to Lowry Lake and Scout Beach||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Ash Main @ 28.6km *Side gates beyond 28.6km will be closed due to harvesting activities||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Comox Main @ Beaver Cr Rd *Closed at 18km||Closed||Closed|
|Comox -91||Closed Sat||Open Sun 6am-4pm|
|Museum Main||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Northwest Bay *This gate staffed by students from VIU's Resource Management Program||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Chemainus Main||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Buckley Bay||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Oyster River||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Nanaimo River Camp *This gate is staffed by students from VIU's Resource Management Program||Open||6am-3pm weekends only|