Located in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, Cumberland (population 2,881) is stepping out of its past.
Once a coal mining city, Cumberland is climbing to its feet and putting on new duds as niche community and dynamic tourist destination. It's wooing newcomers with colour, character and wide-open spaces for activities such as hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, freshwater fishing, camping, skiing and snowboarding.
Cumberland's past defines its striking looks. Its buildings are a coffee-table book of late 19th and early 20th century architecture. It's a community rich with the textures of time and hardship, of Queen Anne and Victorian manses, cedar-shingled cottages and sagging porches. Newbies say that entering town is like driving on to a movie set.