Destinations :: Cumberland, British Columbia

On the east coast of central Vancouver Island, British Columbia, you’ll find Cumberland, a gateway to Comox Lake 60 miles northwest of Nanaimo. What makes Cumberland and its 3,000-plus residents unique is the welcoming community and world-class recreation possibilities.

Comox Lake

Comox Lake Cumberland

Unlike other touristy stops on Vancouver Island, like Tofino and Coombs, Cumberland has kept its quaint quietude. So much so that it may be hard to find accommodation, though I highly recommend camping on Comox Lake.

If you have a cooler, stop on your way and pick up some fresh seafood to make in camp. There’s nothing like the smell of sizzling garlic butter mixing with the sound of water lapping the shore.

seafood in cumberland BC

14 Things to Do in Cumberland

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How to get to Cumberland from Vancouver, B.C.

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Vancouver Island old growth forest

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Heather Lea has traveled to over 60 countries, 40 of which were on a BMW F 800 GS during a 708-day round-the-world motorcycle adventure with now-husband, Dave Sears (Trip Blog: Riding Full Circle). Heather has been a freelance writer for over twenty-five years and a book and magazine editor for more than fifteen. Aside from Expedition Portal, her stories can be found in Overland Journal, Canadian Geographic, Kootenay Mountain Culture, and Canadian Alpine Journal. She loves doing anything in the backcountry, including backpacking, four-wheel-driving, ski touring, and climbing. Heather is a Canadian now living in Bellingham, WA. Find her on Instagram @writer_heather_lea or on Facebook @heatherleawriter.