Old and new come together to create something special in the Comox Valley
A true gem of a community, Cumberland’s popularity continues to grow amongst those relocating to Vancouver Island. Where family, fun, history and hipness all come together – maybe this special part of the Comox Valley will be a perfect fit for you and your family.
Located just off the Inland Highway (19) midway up Vancouver Island, the Village of Cumberland offers a small-town feel while being just 10 minutes from Courtenay. Surrounded by forest, hills, lakes and nature, outdoor enthusiasts and families love all it has to offer.
Embracing its coal mining past and creating a new economic future through celebrating the surrounding natural environment, residents have great community pride and spirit. Take it from me, there’s plenty to appreciate about this legendary Village.
Cumberland yesterday and today
Nestled into the hills of the Beaufort Mountains, the area first gained notice after coal was discovered in 1852. By the 1880s, homes and mines had sprung up and the settlement know as Union officially became Cumberland in 1898. The area continued to prosper well into the early twentieth century. Eventual decline in coal stocks in the 1950s led many families to leave the area or turn to forestry for employment. And with changes in land use and forestry in the 1990s, housing and development had hit a standstill.
With the addition of the Comox Valley Airport, like other areas in the region, Cumberland has experienced steady growth over the last twenty years. Recreation is now a big part of it economic plan. You can find out all about the Village’s rich history at the Cumberland Museum and Archives.
Recreation in and around Cumberland
With its prime location, Cumberland offers plenty of options for residents and visitors – fishing, hiking and paddling are all popular options. But without a doubt, it’s the area’s biking trails that really get people’s blood flowing.
The unofficial epicentre of mountain biking on Vancouver Island, there are more than 80 kilometres of legendary single-track trails winding through the local hills. Just minutes from the downtown strip you can find yourself surrounded by roots, stumps, loam and jumps as you pedal through the forests. It truly is spectacular!
Families and kids and the Village
Aside from the recreation, what also appeals to many is the great family vibe within the Village. Take a quick stroll through town and it becomes obvious that family life is a big part of Cumberland. Initially attracted to the area for its affordability, families are now coming for the comfortable, small-town neighbourhood feel. And the town has done much to encourage this. With the Village Park, recreation programs, the Coal Hills BMX tracks, festivals and events, there are lots of things that will keep the little ones busy and happy.
Buying property in Cumberland – big, small, new or new to you
The past decade has seen impressive growth in Cumberland. Once known as the most affordable part of the Valley, that is quickly changing as people have seen what a wonderful place it is to raise a family, recreate or both. In terms of what is available for housing, there is a good range of options. Both new and old houses come onto the market fairly regularly, and lot sizes can vary from city sized off the main street to small acreages on the outskirts of town.
Questions about moving to the Comox Valley?
For more info about Cumberland or any of the other communities that make up the fabulous Comox Valley, please download my free homebuyer’s guide to moving to the Comox Valley. Full of local resources and general information, it will answer many of your questions about relocating to the best part of Vancouver Island.
Please get in touch with me or my associate Andrea Davis with any questions about the local area or property listings in the Comox Valley. Visit our website mikefisherhomes.com or call me directly any time at 250.218.3895 with all your real estate queries.