Ready for a mix of historic sites, low-impact nature trails, and disc golf? It’s time to add the small village of Cumberland to your road trip map this fall.
Located on the traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, the village of Cumberland was the home of the ancient Sahtloot, Sasitla, Leeksun, and Puntledge Peoples, who travelled, traded, and hunted throughout the Comox Valley.
With a rich coal mining heritage, Cumberland is home to many beautiful historic buildings, particularly on Dunsmuir Avenue, which was named for the famed industrialist who founded the village, according to its website.
Cumberland is also rich in natural resources, with a range of forests, rivers, salmon-bearing creeks, wetlands, and lakes. The beautiful Beaufort Mountain Range provides a scenic backdrop for visitors perusing the area.
One of the huge draws of Cumberland today is its Community Forest Park, which spans 335 hectares and includes biodiverse plants and forests. Situated southwest of the village centre, the community forest serves as a gateway to a popular trail system among runners, hikers, and horseback riders.
Over multiple years, the land was purchased by the Village thanks to the efforts of the Cumberland Community Forest Society, which aims to protect the area’s second-growth forest from logging ventures.
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Coal Creek Historic Park
If you’re looking for another natural attraction in the area, you can’t do better than Coal Creek Historic Park. According to the village’s website, the park is home to a historic Chinatown site, a Japanese Townsite, and two coal mine sites.
Self-guided walking tour maps are available online. And for golfers, there’s also an 18-hole disc golf course located 250 metres south of the Chinatown Historic site.
So there you have it, BC! For a taste of natural and cultural history, a trip to Cumberland is definitely on the list.
Where: Cumberland, BC