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Family riding the chairlift during summer
(Mount Washington Alpine Resort photo)

Cumberland

Geography

The village of Cumberland is situated about 10km/6mi inland on the east coast of central Vancouver Island.

Along with the city of Courtenay and the town of Comox, it's one of three principal communities in the Comox Valley. Cumberland is most unique. It still looks much as it did as a coal mining city early in the 20th century. 

Mountains & Glacier

There is natural beauty in all directions. The terrain of mountains, foothills, forests and lakes also define the community. The looming Beaufort Mountains are part of the Vancouver Island Ranges which run almost the full length of the island. Cumberland's alpine backdrop is the Golden Hinde group of peaks; at 2,195m/7,200ft in elevation, they are the highest on Vancouver Island. The landmark is the oddly flat-topped Comox Glacier, the largest glacier on the island. 

Strathcona Provincial Park

The Comox Glacier forms the centerpiece of Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island's oldest and largest park, with more than 250,000ha/617,763ac of remote and rugged wilderness. Two areas, Buttle Lake and Forbidden Plateau, offer facilities and activities. The rest of the park is largely undeveloped and appeals primarily to people seeking solitude in spectacular wilderness surroundings. 

Comox Lake

Cumberland provides a perfect jumping off point for the recreational offerings of Strathcona. But its own special jewel is Comox Lake just west of the village. Surrounded by mountains and forests and fed by the glacier, the lake stands as a recreational beacon for the village. 

Climate & Weather

The year-round climate of the Comox Valley is temperate. December is coldest with average daytime temperatures hovering around 3°C/42°F, while July is warmest with daytime temperatures around 25°C/77°F. Rain falls largely in the winter months, averaging 180mm/7in in December and 30mm/1.2in in July.

However, its inland situation and slightly higher altitude mean Cumberland is prone to somewhat more variation. Winter rain in the valley can translate as snow in Cumberland.