DescriptionCumberland's origins are rooted in the rigors of coal mining. From 1888 until the last of its nine mines closed in 1966, the village produced some 25 million tons of high-grade coal. The lucrative enterprise solidified Cumberland's economy and contributed to its multi-ethnic mix, drawing miners from locations as diverse as England, Scotland, Italy, China and Japan. The village and many of its streets were named for the mining region in England known as Cumbria.
Nestled in the foothills of the Beaufort Mountains and a stone's throw from Comox Lake, Cumberland offers ample snow skiing, hiking, fishing and boating opportunities.
Visitor InfoVancouver Island Visitor Centre 101-3607 Small Rd. COURTENAY, BC V9N 3Z8. Phone:(250)400-2882 or (855)400-2882
Things to SeeCumberland Museum & Archives