" When people, land, and community are as one, all three prosper. "

Wes Jackson 


Cumberland is the western most community of the Comox Valley, nestled in the foothills of the Beaufort Mountain Range. Originally the territory of the K’omox First Nations, Cumberland is now home to 2,900 permanent residents. 

Coal was first discovered in 1864. Originally called Union, the town of Cumberland was founded in 1888. Initially the area struggled for many years but by 1897 Cumberland was a bustling city comparable in size to Victoria at the time. It even boasted the largest Chinatown on the West Coast of North America outside of San Francisco. Coal mining thrived in Cumberland for more than 100 years, at one time employing over 600 men. The mines were finally shut down in 1966 as a result of oil taking over coal as the fuel of choice.  After many years of struggling and most of the community disappearing, Cumberland is finally making a comeback. It is a great place for young and old alike with its funky artsy vibe. Many of the heritage buildings are being preserved. 

Cumberland is ideally situated between the mountains and the ocean giving one endless choices on how to spend their time. There is nearby Mount Washington and a short drive to 250,000 hectare Strathcona Park. Cumberland has some of the best mountain bike trails on Vancouver Island. Tucked in behind Cumberland is glacier fed Comox Lake, a popular destination for swimming, boating, and fishing. Cumberland has a vibrant and diverse arts community. There are many galleries and studios to browse through. You can learn about the strong cultural heritage of Cumberland by visiting the museum or going on one of the four self guided heritage walks available.

Despite its small size, Cumberland is a full service community. There are elementary and middle schools, full health care, grocery store, liquor stores, and gas stations. There are cafes, restaurants, and pubs. There are a full range of shops from bakeries and butchers to feed stores and lumber stores. Courtenay is close by for any additional services you might require. 

If you are considering calling Cumberland home, BC Island has detailed listings of homes and properties for sale in Cumberland.

Your West has an Accommodations Directory with a complete list of the bed & breakfasts, cabins & cottages, condos & suites, farm stays, hotels, inns & motels, lodges, resorts & retreats, and vacation homes available to welcome you to Cumberland. Alternatively, a complete list of campgrounds and rv parks can be found in the Your West Recreation & Leisure Directory.

While staying in Cumberland, what better way to learn about the community than to seize the opportunity for some fun, food, and education! Your West has a complete range of directories for you to enjoy everything Cumberland has to offer. Plan out your day, your weekend, or your week in Cumberland using Your West Coast directories that include Arts Culture & HeritageFarms Farmers & FoodFestivals & EventsRecreation & Leisure, and Business & Services.

Community Events:

Check the Cumberland community calendar on Your West every day for upcoming annual events, arts, meetings, recreation, music, and education in your community.