Cumberland is a renowned destination for single-track mountain biking and serves as a sweet base camp for adventures in the back country and trips to Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Recently, the Village and United Riders of Cumberland have entered into an access agreement with Timber companies that allow recreational access to the working forests to the south of our community and beyond the protected areas purchased by the CCFS.
The “Cumberland Community Forest” is the official name for the protected areas closest to the Village and accessible to explorers of all ages and abilities. The forest is filled with kids and families, runners, mountain bikers, bird watchers, photographers and happy wanderers who explore kilometers of trails built by the local mountain biking community.
The Forest is also a base for a large number of running and mountain biking events throughout the year including the Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race, Perseverance Trail Run, BC Bike Race, The Cumby and UROC run events.
Something very special has been happening in the Village over the past few years. There has been a groundswell of nature based education programs for the Villages littlest residents. Local day-cares offer amazing nature based programs that see kids exploring the forests, park and marshes of the area all year round.
This has now developed into Nature Kindergarten and Nature Grade 1 programs at Cumberland Community School. Kids in these programs spend 60% of their day outdoors doing inquiry based learning and nature as the classroom. The K-9 Cumberland Community School has many classes that build learning experiences around exploring the Cumberland Forest.
As we learn more about the forests, creeks, streams and riparian areas that surround our community we hope to be part of building community awareness and appreciation, in all generations, for the ecological values of the forest.
Did you know?
As recently as 150 years ago, this area was carpeted in old-growth “rainshadow” forests. The dominant Douglas-fir trees commonly exceeded 250 years in age, and some were as tall as 94 meters (308 feet). Decades of industrial logging have completely eliminated old-growth forests in the rainshadow environments of the Comox Valley. Only a few individual trees over 250 years old remain.