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.