ACCESS

Responsible and safe access to our working forest

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Hunting Season

Mosaic provides several areas for general hunting on the lands we manage during deer hunting season.
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Mosaic takes care to manage and protect the forest for the future. We govern access to ensure the safety of the public, reduce the risk of wildfires, prevent damage to sensitive plant ecosystems, and protect endangered species habitat.

Mosaic supports recreational access opportunities that encourage safe and responsible use of the timberlands we manage. Activities like hiking and biking are common requests, and Mosaic grants these kinds of opportunities in a number of ways:

 
 

Hunting

Mosaic provides several open areas for general hunting opportunities on managed forest land, particularly during deer hunting season. Additionally, Mosaic offers access opportunities to hunters who have won Limited Entry Hunt (LEH) tags that involve management units within our managed forest lands. 

Please review our website list below (under Recreational Access) for general public openings for hunting, and email us at hunting@mosaicforests.com if you have a LEH tag. 

For First Nations hunting requests, Mosaic prefers to work with local band offices to coordinate access. Please contact Ken Price: Ken.Price@mosaicforests.com.

 
 

Recreational Access

Public Safety Notices

ACTIVE HARVESTING OR ROAD CONSTRUCTION
To help ensure everyone’s safety, please obey signs that restrict access, and do not enter any roped/taped off areas.

RADIO CHANNELS
Radio channels changed on September 9, 2019. Radio channels are posted on road signage at the beginning of mainline roads. Please adjust your radio, and always drive safely according to the weather and road conditions. Never rely solely on radio communications as everyone you meet on a resource road may not have, or be using, a radio. Drive safe. Stay safe!

Areas open on weekends for public access are updated each Thursday for the following weekend. The table below lists current firewood cutting and recreational access opportunities, including general public openings for hunting during hunting season.

 
 

(This information is updated weekly, and was last updated November 7, 2019)

Island Timberlands Forest Lands

Access PointStatus Firewood Cutting OpportunitiesHours
Yellow Creek Main at 0kmOpenNoSaturday-Sunday 6am-4pm
Copp Main at 0kmOpenNoSaturday-Sunday 6am-4pm
Cameron Main at 0kmOpenYesSaturday-Sunday 6am-4pm
China Creek Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
Bainbridge Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
Cameron Main Connector (Off HWY 4 to access Mt. Arrowsmith and Labour Day Lake)OpenNoSaturday-Sunday 6am-4pm
Loon Lake Main at 1kmClosedNoClosed
Horne lake North 100 at 2kmClosedNoClosed
Ash Main at 22kmOpenNoSaturday-Sunday 6am-4pm
Ash Main at 28.6kmOpenNoSaturday-Sunday 6am-4pm
Ash Main at 49.4kmOpenNoSaturday-Sunday 6am-4pm
Stamp Falls Rd at 0 km (aka Turtle Lake Main)OpenNoSaturday-Sunday 6am-4pm
Comox Main at .5km (Off Beaver Creek Rd. Port Alberni)OpenNoSaturday-Sunday 6am-4pm
Comox Main at 9.1kmClosedNoClosed
Comox Main at 15.3kmClosedNoClosed
Museum Main at 0kmOpenNoSaturday-Sunday 6am-4pm
155 Main at 4km (Northwest Bay Camp)OpenYesSaturday-Sunday 6am-4pm
Nanaimo Lakes Rd at 4.5 kmOpenYesSaturday-Sunday 8am-4pm
Nanaimo Lakes Rd at 4.7 kmClosedNoClosed
Holt Main at .5 km (Off Waters Rd) Formally referred to as Glenora (Shawnigan)OpenNoSaturday-Sunday 6am-4pm
Chemainus Main at 4km (Access to Copper Canyon)OpenNoSaturday-Sunday 6am-4pm
Jump Main at .5km (Off Nanaimo River Rd., access to the Nanaimo River Camp)OpenNoSaturday-Sunday 6am-3pm
Buckley Main at 0kmOpenNoSaturday-Sunday 6am-5pm
Oyster River Main at 0kmOpenYesSaturday-Sunday 6am-4pm
 
 

TimberWest Forest Lands

Access PointStatus Firewood Cutting OpportunitiesHours
NORTH ISLAND REGION
Comox Lake Main at 7km (Comox Valley)OpenNo6pm Friday-8pm Sunday
Comox Lake main at 31kmClosedNoClosed
Boston Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
Tom Brown North at Argonaut Rd. (Campbell River Landfill)ClosedNoClosed
Hawkins Main (aka Buttle Bluffs)ClosedNoClosed
Berry Creek Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
Bacon Lake Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
Duncan Bay Main (DBM 51km to Oyster River Crossing)OpenNo6pm Friday-8pm Sunday
Browns Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
Little Anderson Main at .3kmClosedNoClosed
Piggot Main at 0kmOpenNo6pm Friday-8pm Sunday
Rossiter Main at 0kmOpenNo6pm Friday-8pm Sunday
Cranberry Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
Gilson Main at 0kmOpenNo6pm Friday-8pm Sunday
Railway Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
Trent Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
Mount Washington 1400 at 0kmClosedNoClosed
Elk River Main at 0kmOpenNo6pm Friday-8pm Sunday
Upper Murex Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
Lower Murex Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
SOUTH ISLAND REGION
Nanaimo Lakes Main at 0kmOpenNoSaturday-Sunday 6am-4pm
Ladysmith Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
Kapoor Main at 8.5kmClosedNoAccess to Victoria F&G Card Holders
Renfrew Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
Butler Main at 0kmClosedNoAccess to Victoria F&G Card Holders
Muir Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
Tugwell Main at 0kmOpenYesSaturday-Sunday 6am-4pm
Shirley Main at 2kmClosedNoClosed
Shaw Creek Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
McKay Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
Marguerite Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
Widow Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
Cottonwood Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
North Shore Main at 0kmOpenNoOpen Daily
South Shore Main at 0kmOpenNoOpen Daily
Robertson Main at 0kmOpenYesSaturday-Sunday 6am-4pm
Lens Main at 0kmClosedNoClosed
19 Creek MainOpenNo6pm Friday-8pm Sunday
Nitnat Main at 4kmClosedNoClosed
Lakehead MainOpenYesSaturday-Sunday 6am-4pm
TR7ClosedNoClosed
 
 

Access Agreements

Permits to access the lands are issued by Mosaic based on the merits of the applications. Applications may be submitted by:

  • organizations or clubs for low-risk, low impact recreational activities

  • organizers of recreational events

  • institutions or organizations requesting field research or training

Permits will only be issued to applicants that can demonstrate a track-record of responsible use and whose activities are consistent with Mosaic’s values of ensuring public safety and protecting the environment. Please ensure your application is complete and the information included is accurate.

The submission of an application does not guarantee a permit will be issued and does not in any manner convey rights to use or occupy the timberlands managed by Mosaic. A permit must be in effect prior to use of the timberlands.

Please consider the following timelines when submitting an application:

PROPOSED ACCESS DATES OR START OF ACCESS PERIODAPPLICATIONS ACCEPTED (1)RESPONSE TIMESAGREEMENTS
April 1-June 30Oct 1-Dec 31Applications informed of decision - rejection or conditional approval (2), within 30 days of applicationPermits issued to applicants at least seven days prior to event date or start of term (3)
July 1-Sept 30Jan 1-March 31As aboveAs above
Oct 1-Dec 31April 1-June 30As aboveAs above
Jan 1-March 31July 1-Sept 30As aboveAs above

(1) For example, if your event is taking place on November 15, your completed application must be submitted by no later than June 30 of that year. If your event is taking place on March 1, your completed application must be submitted by no later than September 30 of the preceding year.

(2) If Conditional Approval is received, an administration fee of $500 must be applied within 10 days of Conditional Approval unless waived by Mosaic in certain circumstances.

(3) Provided that all conditions have been satisfied by applicant.

An applicant that receives Conditional Approval must then, among other things, enter into a legally binding Permit in the form substantially set out here.  There are no exceptions. 

First Nations members seeking access to areas of Mosaic’s managed timberlands within their traditional territories should work through their band offices, which will have contacts with Mosaic.

Mineral title holders applying to access the timberlands should email their Section 19 Notice (Land Owner Notification) along with proof of valid placer or mineral claim to access@mosaicforests.com

For all other inquiries on access, email access@mosaicforests.com

 
 

Current Access Agreements

Access to Mosaic’s managed forest lands may be obtained by joining an organization that has an Access Agreement with Mosaic. Mosaic currently has Access Agreements with the following groups and clubs:

 
 

Camping

Mosaic campsites are now closed for the season. We look forward to welcoming you back in the Spring!

LocationCampsiteStatusReservations
North IslandWillington Point CampsiteClosed for the seasonBonnie: 250.830.7300 or wpcampsite@hotmail.com
North IslandWokas Lake CampsiteClosed for the seasonBonnie: 250.830.7300 or wpcampsite@hotmail.com
North IslandGooseneck Lake CampsiteClosed for the seasonBonnie: 250.830.7300 or wpcampsite@hotmail.com
South IslandCaycuse CampsiteClosed for the seasonhttp://www.lakecowichancamping.com
South IslandHeather CampsiteClosed for the seasonhttp://www.lakecowichancamping.com
South IslandKissinger CampsiteClosed for the seasonhttp://www.lakecowichancamping.com
South IslandLittle Shaw CampsiteClosed for the seasonhttp://www.lakecowichancamping.com
South IslandOld Mill CampsiteClosed for the seasonhttp://www.nlcampsite.com
South IslandWindy Point CampsiteClosed for the seasonhttp://www.nlcampsite.com
South IslandRiverside CampsiteClosed for the seasonhttp://www.nlcampsite.com
South IslandDeadwood CampsiteClosed for the seasonhttp://www.nlcampsite.com
South IslandMacktush CampsiteClosed for the seasonhttp://www.macktushcampground.ca
 
 

Did You Know?

CENTURY SAM TRAIL
Weekend access to the Century Sam Trail is available via the Comox Lake Main at 7km, when the gate is open.

LONG WEEKEND ACCESS
Access opportunities to timberlands managed by Mosaic, are for individuals and small groups in designated locations on weekends only. Where the weekend is a statutory or other holiday, access opportunities will be extended through that weekend holiday period.

BRANCH ROADS
Access points that include a number, are branch roads. Where the name of an access point includes a number, that number is the distance in kilometers of the branch road from the Mainline. For example Comox 9.1km is a branch road located at 9.1km along the Comox Mainline.

ATV ACCESS
ATV's are not permitted on Mosaic managed property, unless riders are members of a club that Mosaic has an access agreement with. Access agreements allow riders safe and legal access to Mosaic private forest lands. Mosaic has access agreements with two ATV clubs on Vancouver Island:

For more information about authorized ATV access to timberlands managed by Mosaic, please contact the clubs directly.