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Cumberland

Cumberland is a small village in the heart of the Comox Valley – a favourite stop for visitors and locals alike. A jewel for the community is Cumberland Forest with awesome Douglas Fir, hemlock and red cedar and often used for mushroom picking, walking, hiking and mountain biking. Naturalists visit for the tranquility, the songbirds, sword ferns, salal and Saskatoon berry bushes that line the trails through the forest. A visit to the Cumberland Museum, nestled in the foothills of the Beaufort Mountains will take you through a replica coal mine, a slide presentation of historic Chinatown and more. A Heritage Walking Tour map is available. Comox Lake, surrounded by mountains and fed by a glacier, has good freshwater fishing for trout and char year-round. A popular area to visit, there are hiking and biking trails, a sandy beach, rock climbing areas, and boating. Saltwater fishing for salmon, golfing, mountain biking and more are all available in the Comox Valley.

Location

Located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, 9 km (5.5 mi) southwest of Courtenay and 69 km (43 mi) north of Parksville, off Highway 19.

A Step Back in Time

The region was originally founded in 1888 by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir who lived in Victoria’s Craigdarroch Castle. The original settlement was named Union after the Union Coal Company but in 1898 was changed to Cumberland, as many of the local miners were from the famous English coal-mining district of Cumberland in England.

Cumberland remained an active coal mining town until 1966 and an important centre for local trade and commerce, with distinct ethnic settlements having been established. As the coal industry declined, the local population decreased, until the community reverted to a quiet village. Today, it has grown again, into a dynamic tourist centre.

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Cumberland & Nearby Accommodations

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Cumberland Lake Park Campground

Cumberland Lake Park Campground

Cumberland

Located on beautiful glacier-fed Comox Lake, Cumberland Lake Park offers sandy beaches, swimming float, concessions, campground with 18 serviced sites, 41 unserviced sites, group campsite, boat launch, dock and hiking trails. The park is operated by the Cumberland Lake Wilderness Society (CLWS) a no ... Read more
Puntledge RV Campground & Nim Nim Interpretive Centre

Puntledge RV Campground & Nim Nim Interpretive Centre

Courtenay

Puntledge RV Campground is a family friendly orientated campground with quiet, clean facilities. Our sites are spacious, grassy sites. We are adjacent to the Puntledge River which is great for swimming, tubing and fishing. We are located minutes from downtown Courtenay with sports, recreation, shopp ... Read more
Maple Pool Campground & RV Park

Maple Pool Campground & RV Park

Courtenay

Secluded Getaway on the Tsolum River by the City - located the heart of the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, Maple Pool Campground is minutes from Courtenay's city centre, shopping, theatres, golf courses, ski resorts, boat rentals & fishing, and recreational sports centres; it is an idea ... Read more
Sailcone's Grizzly Bear Safari Lodge

Sailcone's Grizzly Bear Safari Lodge

Knight Inlet

Situated on the small island, Minstrel, on the edge of Knight Inlet, Grizzly Bear Lodge welcomes you to discover the gems of nature. Our pristine location allows us to have easy access to grizzly bear sightings and whale watching. Enjoy our cozy lodge or charming cottage hosted by our friendly staff ... Read more
TeePee Park Campground

TeePee Park Campground

Comox

Beautiful ocean front camping with sandy beach. Family oriented military campground. Easy access to all the recreational opportunities in the Comox Valley. Special rates for military. General public welcome. Leashed dogs only. 20 sites available for winter camping November - February. ... Read more
Seal Bay RV Park Ltd.

Seal Bay RV Park Ltd.

Courtenay

Spacious treed sites in peaceful setting. Sites all fully serviced with hydro, water, sewer and cable. WiFi is also available. A trail leads directly into Seal Bay Nature Park. Boat launch, fishing, golf, biking and hiking all close by. 40 minutes to Mt. Washington. ... Read more
Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort

Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort

Courtenay

Enjoy the spectacular view of the Inside Passage to Alaska at Bate Beach Oceanfront Resort. Located just north of Courtenay, adjacent to Seal Bay Nature Park on Georgia Strait, there are excellent hiking and cycling trails, canoeing, beach-combing and more. We offer different styles of accommodation ... Read more
Bradsdadsland Campsite

Bradsdadsland Campsite

Hornby Island

A family campground, a family experience. We offer spacious, unique and private campsites. Each site has it's own unique qualities and charm. ... Read more
Tribune Bay Campsite

Tribune Bay Campsite

Hornby Island

Family camping in a treed setting, adjacent to Provincial Park Reserve at beautiful Tribune Bay. Sheltered, safe, sandy beach. June 15-Sept 15. Unserviced $32.00, serviced $38.00, max. 6 people per site and max 2 vehicles per site. Price includes 4 people. Additional person $3.00. ... Read more
Pacific Playgrounds Resort & Marina

Pacific Playgrounds Resort & Marina

Black Creek

Our beautiful, full-service ocean side destination resort is located halfway between Courtenay and Campbell River. Pacific Playgrounds International is situated in a tranquil location surrounded by lush trees along the bank of Oyster River with stunning coastal views. Just steps away from Saratoga B ... Read more
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