Posted by: cherylyoung | December 8, 2012

Cumberland was a bustling coal mining community from 1888, with workers streaming in from Europe

Located in the Comox Valley south of Courtenay,

and once Canada’s smallest and westernmost city,

Cumberland was a bustling coal mining community

from 1888, with workers streaming in from Europe,

China and Japan.

Cumberland was founded in 1888 by coal

baron Robert Dunsmuir.

The original settlement was named Union after

the Union Coal Company.

In 1898, the post office address of Union was

changed to Cumberland, as many of the town

miners were from the famous English

coal-mining district of Cumberland in England.

Cumberland remained an active coal mining

town until 1966, enduring devasting mine

explosions and bitter labour disputes.

Cumberland had become an important centre

for local trade and commerce, with distinct

ethnic settlements having been established.

As the coal industry declined, the local

population decreased, until Cumberland began

to reclaim its history and transform a quiet

village into a dynamic tourist centre.

For those who’ve seen Victoria’s Craigdarroch

Castle where coal baron Robert Dunsmuir lived,

come see where the coal miners worked.

In Cumberland, you’ll find heritage buildings

and the remains of what once was one of the

largest Chinatowns in North America.

Whether your interest is in history, culture,

recreation or beautiful scenery, Cumberland has

something for everyone.

Population: 2,881

 

Population: 2,881

 

Location: Cumberland is located south of

Courtenay.

 

Highways 19 and 19A link the

with southern Vancouver Island.

Approaching from the north, Highway 19 links

the Comox Valley and Campbell River with the

northern half of Vancouver Island.

The Comox Valley is a two-and-a-half hour drive

north from Victoria, or a 75-minutes drive from

the ferry terminals of Departure Bay and Duke

Point near Nanaimo.

BC Ferries operates a route between Comox and

Powell River on the British Columbia mainland.

The Comox Valley Regional Airport is served by

three major airlines, with 12 daily flights between

Vancouver and Comox and direct flights from

Calgary.

Small aircraft and floatplanes land at the

Courtenay Airpark near downtown Courtenay.

Daily coach lines connect all parts of Vancouver

Island with the Mainland, and local bus service

is also available in Courtenay, Comox and

Cumberland.

EXCELLLENCE HAPPENS WHEN YOU TRY

EACH DAY TO BOTH DO AND BE, A LITTLE

BETTER THAN YOU WERE YESTERDAY

..PAT RILEY

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