Firewood Permits

Firewood permits are valid only for the day selected. You can purchase an Island Timberlands Firewood Permit and the accompanying map online using the form to the right, or purchase permits from the following Visitor Centers:

Parksville Visitor Centre:

Address: 1275 East Island Hwy, Parksville BC V9P2G3
Phone: 250-248-3613
Hours: Mon-Fri 9-5, closed weekends

Port Alberni Visitor Centre:

Address: 2533 Port Alberni Hwy, Port Alberni BC V9Y8P2
Phone: 250-724-6535
Hours: Mon-Fri 9-5, closed weekends

Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre:

Address: 2896 Drinkwater Rd, Duncan BC, V9L 6C2.
Phone: 250-746-4636
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-5

Safety Equipment and Permit Checks

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 may result in further penalties and restrictions. You must carry your valid permit with you at all times!

Safety equipment requirements:

  • chainsaw pants
  • sturdy work boots
  • eye and ear protection

There have been incidents of people cutting firewood in unauthorized areas. These areas may be allocated for commercial firewood cutters and the public is not permitted to cut firewood in these areas. Please be respectful of commercial firewood cutters and only cut firewood in permitted areas.

Firewood Permit Application Form
Accepted vehicle types listed below: Pricing is per load (max of two loads per day). Additional fees are applied for vehicles with firewood rails and trailers.
Optional Add-ons:
Subtotal: $0.00
Upon submitting application you will be re-directed to PayPal. A permit will be emailed to you following completion of payment.
View Terms & Conditions
Current Firewood Cutting Opportunities

Unless otherwise noted, firewood cutting opportunities are on weekends only. A permit is required. Firewood is for personal use only and is not to be sold.

This information last updated November 8, 2018

Area Road Location Permit Sales Status Gate Hours
(Sat/Sun only)
Port Alberni Cameron 44 Turn left off Franklin to Cameron Main at 4.4km on the left Closed Closed Closed
Port Alberni Franklin River Rd. Anderson Ave to Franklin River Rd. Take your first left Port Alberni Visitors Centre Open 8am-4pm
Port Alberni Rogers 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
Shawnigan Holt Main Waters Road to Holt Main at 17kms Cowichan Visitor Centre (M-S, 9-5pm) Open Sunday Only 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 155-90 West off Hwy19 at Northwest Bay, 9km up 155 Main, turn left
Parksville Visitors Center (M-F 9am-5pm) Open 8am-4pm
Northwest Bay 155-110 West off Hwy19 at Northwest Bay, 11km up 155 Main, turn left
Parksville Visitors Center (M-F 9am-5pm) Open 8am-4pm
Nanaimo Lakes
Nanaimo Lakes Rd 47 Follow Nanaimo Lakes Road to the gate past the Rod and Gun Club on the right just past Nanaimo Lakes 45 Closed Closed Closed
Firewood Permit Terms & Conditions
  1. The Permit Holder freely accepts and fully assumes all risks of injury, dangers, hazards and damages that the Permit Holder may suffer by entering Island Timberlands land. Island Timberlands has no liability to the Permit Holder for these assumed risks.
  2. The Permit Holder waives any and all claims that the Permit Holder has or may have in the future against Island Timberlands and its directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively, the "Releasees") and releases the Releasees from any and all liability for any loss, damage, expense or injury including death that the Permit Holder may suffer, or the Permit Holder's next of kin my suffer resulting from or arising out of entering Island Timberlands land due to any cause whatsoever, including negligence.
  3. The Permit Holder and any persons accompanying the Permit Holder shall indemnify and save harmless, Island Timberlands from and against and losses, damages, claims, demands, suits, actions arising from or resulting out of the entering of Island Timberlands lands.
  4. The Permit Holder agrees to comply with the relevant legislation, posted signs and Island Timberlands policies while on Island Timberlands lands. The Permit Holder may be require to follow special conditions when traveling on Island Timberlands roads. It is the Permit Holders responsibility to become aware of these conditions.
  5. The Permit Holder agrees to comply with all relevant forestry and environmental legislation including, but not limited to, keeping ditches free of material and removing personal litter.
  6. This permit is for own use and bust be carried when cutting or transporting material. Materials may not be sold or traded.
  7. The Permit Holder and any person accompanying the Permit Holder must follow safe work practices and use appropriate personal protective equipment.
  8. Material may only be cut in the designated area. Only non-merchantable wood may be cut and removed. Do not cut any standing or wind blown trees.
  9. This permit is subject to cancellation at any time.