Cumberland attracts a young and talented workforce that has turned the Village into a hotbed of freelance web developers, contractors, and small companies that contribute to British Columbia’s high-tech economy. It’s the best of all worlds for young remote workers and entrepreneurs who don’t want to sacrifice quality of life for a career. High-speed internet, coffee shops galore and tons of recreational options make the Village a magnet for small-scale digital teams and remote workers who have chosen community and nature over long commutes and the high cost of living in big cities.
The landscape surrounding the Village is dotted with small scale hobby farms and larger industrial scale agribusinesses. Fertile growing conditions merge with a diverse and lush geography to support a variety of products, from seafood to tree fruits and flowers. With attractive industrial zones and a highly skilled labour force, Cumberland is the perfect spot for food processing undertakings. The Bevan and Interchange developments are targeting food processing and eco-industrial networking for use, offering businesses the chance to become part of the Village’s exciting foodie future.
Arts & Culture
The Village of Cumberland maintains the same grittiness and fierce dedication to workers’ rights that helped garner its reputation as the “birthplace of the Canadian labour movement.” The Village is proud of its cultural history, as evidenced by the lively “people’s museum,” the Cumberland Museum and Archives, as well as the Miners Memorial Weekend each June. But Cumberland isn’t just for history buffs—music and art aficionados will find plenty to do and see at one of Cumberland’s many festivals, parks, parades and seasonal markets. The Waverley Hotel is a Village gem and brings in top notch live talent from all over the world.
Food & Drink
Cumberland’s healthy outdoor lifestyle gets a huge boost from the delicious culinary options in the Village. Village cuisine options include vegan-friendly bowls, mouth-watering Mexican food, home-crafted donuts, pizzas toppling with local produce, and pub fare galore. Craft breweries and cafés provide thirst-quenchers and caffeine fixes to the parched mountain bikers and new parents who stroll the main drag. These charming restaurants and watering holes have found their homes in a restored post office or library, or in reclaimed warehouse and retail spaces, and are lovingly staffed by Village locals.
Health & Wellness
Cumberland is an active, healthy community. Residents have a wide range of conventional, alternative and wellness health options at their doorstep including yoga, acupuncture, art and forest therapy and massage. The Village is home to one of the Comox Valley’s most popular family and specialist dental clinics, as well as a seniors’ lodge located in the heart of the Village. Integration and inclusiveness in this tight-knit community are key, which is why a health centre is in the same building. It provides an adult day program, retail pharmacy, renal dialysis unit, library, laboratory, and a private surgical day care suite.
Cumberland has a diverse collection of impressive manufacturing companies, from craft breweries to concrete and plant medicine. Here, you’ll find a wide range of ready mix concrete products, overseen by a full-time quality control technician and a fully equipped lab. You’ll also find unique and effective plant-based products that are sourced as locally and organically as possible. Products include medicinal mushrooms, loose teas, loose herbs, herbal powders and wild raw honey, and stock the shelves of retailers throughout North America.
Cumberland’s strong community spirit is evidenced by the active non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting and maintaining the Village and its surroundings. Community activities like programs for parents and babies, after school activities, healthy lunches and adult education are everywhere. The Village has also rallied to raise funds to purchase and protect forest lands scheduled for logging surrounding the Village. To date, the society has purchased 110 hectares of forest and placed it under a conservation covenant to ensure its future protection. Riders on Cumberland’s trails owe much to a registered non-profit society that advocates for mountain biking through advocacy, education and active cooperation.
Cumberland is proud to be the home of an electrical contractor specializing in solar energy integration and remote, off-grid power systems. The Village is hoping to continue to attract similar regenerative non-extractive businesses that will contribute to our circular economy. Through a thoughtful approach to sustainability and by designing waste out of the system, we aim to support the environment, increase the diversity of employment opportunities, and increase the resilience of our local economy.
Stroll historic Dunsmuir Avenue, the main artery in Cumberland, for a truly unique shopping experience. The Village is known for its eclectic and bustling vintage and consignment boutiques, plant-based medicinal health products, quirky storefronts stocked with artisan wares, and charming organic markets. Stock up on your record collection and locally-branded screen printed t-shirts, or rent a mountain bike for the day. Indulge your sweet tooth, or browse for toys and ethically sourced clothing. Whatever your flavour, Cumberland has something to offer.
Tourism & Hospitality
Spurred mainly by its epic forest and mountain trails, Cumberland has become a major tourism magnet over the past decade. All year round, the main drag is chock full of out-of-town license plates hiding beneath heavy duty bike racks. But visitors don’t just come to hike and bike—they’re also drawn to the Village’s proximity to majestic Comox Lake, where recreational options include everything from rock climbing to paddle boarding and water skiing. In the winter, Mount Washington is a mere 30 minutes’ drive, where over 300,000 people hit the slopes each year. However, despite having plenty daytime options, there are limited accommodation options in the Village, sending many visitors to spend their nights elsewhere.
Transportation & Warehousing
Easily accessible by land, air and sea from the entire Vancouver Island and beyond, the Village is a transportation and warehouse hub. Cumberland has the largest supply of vacant designated industrial land in the Comox Valley, as well as the greatest amount of designated lands for new residential and employment growth in the region. The Bevan Lands, which are privately owned and currently operated as managed forest lands, contain approximately 500 hectares of land zoned for industrial use and represent approximately 84% of the remaining industrial lands in the entire Comox Valley.