Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)
The astonishing variety of terrain - mountains, foothills, forests, lakes - in the Cumberland area makes it as much a natural for hiking as mountain biking. Welcome to hikers' heaven.
The immediate Cumberland Forest is an easy 3-hour, 10km/6.21mi hike. The trail leads through woods, to a view overlooking Cumberland and on through forest with 10 minutes on the Buggered Pig biking trail. This is also black bear territory. It's prudent to sport a bear bell. Otherwise, visitors find themselves hiking far faster than anticipated.
The Chinatown Trail connects with Cumberland's mining history and the thousands of Chinese workers who toiled in the coal mines. The converted rail bed, now a multi-use trail, runs through what used to be one of the largest Chinatowns in North America, now a scenic marsh with abundant waterfowl.
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520 4th St
Courtenay, British Columbia
Fully catered guided sea kayaking & whale watching tours in British Columbia's Johnstone Strait (home to Robson Bight - the world's only orca preserve) & God's Pocket Provincial Park, northern Vancouver Island, since 1996. Our paddling tours in heart of whale territory allow you to maximize chances of seeing orcas & whales & explore the turquoise waters of several islands. Novice kayakers welcome - no prior experience is necessary. We use top of the line Seaward kayaks, whip up memorable gourmet food & provide all gear & kayak instruction needed.