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Cumberland Community Forest

This page was last reviewed on November 6, 2020.

The Cumberland Community Forest is a Cumberland community park made up of 335 hectares of forest land located southwest of the village centre. The historic No. 2 Mine and No. 3 Mine (Union Colliery Mine) sites are located in the Community Forest. The park borders Coal Creek Historic Park to the west.

The park is the gateway to the legendary trail system, popular with riders, walkers, and runners.

Community Forest Trail Map

Community Forest Ortho Map

Community Forest Topographic Map

This land was purchased by the Village of Cumberland in 2005, 2016, and 2020 using funds raised by the Cumberland Community Forest Society. A covenant on the title of the park protects the parks and limits activities within the park. The Cumberland Community Forest conservation covenant is monitored annually by the Comox Valley Land Trust who identified the Perseverance Creek watershed as a top conservation priority for the region. View the covenant on the title of the park.

The Cumberland Community Forest community park is a rain shadow forest ecosystem and part of an interconnected system of forests, low impact trails, salmon bearing creeks, wetlands, and riparian areas adjacent to the Village of Cumberland in the traditional territory of the K’ómoks Nation. This forest is an integral part of both the Trent and Comox Lake watersheds and forms a critical link in a habitat corridor that connects mountains and lakes to the Salish Sea. Several unusual or threatened plant communities exist within the park boundaries, as well as endangered species such as red-legged frogs and wild coho salmon.

The 2020 purchase of 225 acres of forested land along the Perseverance Creek corridor was achieved through an innovative partnership between conservation organizations, local governments, and a private timber company.

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