Can I collect wood
from the beach? (includes firewood, driftwood, bark etc.)
There are different considerations above and below the
The area where the
beach is regularly wetted by the tides is below the high-tide line.
the high tide line and on Crown Land can be collected provided;
It is for personal use and will not be
sold or traded,
It is less than 3m (10ft) in length,
It is beach worn, free of bark and rounded on
Does not have a hammer mark or Timber Brand on
Is not on Crown foreshore land within or adjacent
to the following areas:
Do not remove wood from:
No right of access
onto or through these lands is given or implied.
The onus is on the person wishing to collect beach wood to determine the
ownership of the foreshore.
engaging in collecting wood will assume all risk of loss or injury and save
harmless the Crown from all and any claims.
Residual sawdust or debris resulting from the collecting of wood must be
kept to a minimum and must not be allowed to accumulate. Special care must
be used to prevent oil or grease pollution.
Motorized vehicles must not be operated on foreshore land or beach and
must not block sidewalks or paths.
the high tide line is within the Vancouver Log Salvage District and removal
requires a salvage permit.
Forest Act s. 124 requires a
person salvaging logs in a Log Salvage District to have a permit.
Log Salvage Regulation for the Vancouver
log salvage District defines a log as any log, bolt, pole, pile,
boomstick, swifter, tree or other unmanufactured wood product.
Section 20(2) of the regulation sets the fee for a salvage
permit at $250 per year.