Cumberland is a small town with a storied history. Settled in the late 1800′s due to the discovery of large deposits of coal in the area, Cumberland was a boom town at the turn of the century. Beginning as a coal mining settlement, Cumberland was an active mining town until the early 1950′s. Originally called Union after the Union Coal Company that opened the first mines, the name was changed to Cumberland in 1891, named after Cumberland County in England. The coal mining operations were very large at the turn of the century and prosperity continued along for decades following. The town’s population was 3000 in 1897 and is only just over 2800 today. Prosperity began with mining, then logging and has now been replaced with recreation and culture.
In addition to mining operations, Cumberland has always had and continues to have an active forestry sector. Logging in the area began in the late 1800′s and continues still. Cumberland is surrounded by forests of varying age as a result and gives the area a unique mix of trails to ride.
The mix of mining and logging history has led to a vast network of old roads that are now intermixed with an ample amount of singletrack. From IMR’s base at the Riding Fool Hostel, we can access all of these local trails within minutes. Cumberland trails are all homegrown, mountain bike specific trails, built and maintained by a small but hearty local crew. The trails, like Cumberland itself are a nice mix of old and new. Recently, the Cumberland crew has moved a staggering amount of dirt in a full scale effort to sculpt corners and create the ultimate network of trails that flow from the first minute you get on your bike.
IMR can show you all the goods, in the right order to maximize flow and descending time. Leave the hard work to us and you can concentrate on riding your bike and having a great time!
In addition to the great riding, Cumberland has a vibrant arts scene and is close to other recreation activities. Just past town and accessible by bike is Comox Lake and a short drive away is Mt. Washington Alpine Resort and Strathcona Provincial Park. The arts and culture scene is focused around Cumberland Village Works. This local promoter brings great musical acts into town regularly and provides a nice compliment to the vibrant recreation scene.
Come check out Cumberland’s trails, beautiful surrounding areas and the vibrant entertainment. You won’t be dissapointed!
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