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Maple Lake

This page was last reviewed on June 7, 2016.

Maple Lake, the Village of Cumberland and Beaufort Mountain Range. Photo credit Comox Valley Echo

Since 2013 a Committee of individuals representing all areas of the Comox Valley has been working towards the public acquisition of Maple Lake and surrounding wetlands and accesses for a public park.

Maple Lake is located northeast of the Cumberland village core and lies just west of the Inland Island Highway at the junction of Cumberland Road.

The proposed acquisition is of 90 hectares of land, including 20 hectares of lake bottom, a 100 metre buffer around the lake, and adjacent wetlands. It also includes Teal Lake and road access from Bevan Road.

Maple Lake is an important recreational and natural asset for the Comox Valley. As a public park, Maple Lake would provide recreational opportunity for all residents of the Comox Valley – be they fishers, walkers, runners, hikers, canoeists, or picnickers.

The Maple Lake Fundraising Committee envisions a community approach to acquiring this land for public use. Committee members are actively seeking grant funding and community donations.

How to Donate

Donations towards the purchase of Maple Lake may be made to the Village of Cumberland. A receipt for income tax purposes may be requested for donations of $20 or more. Donations will be deposited and accounted separately from other municipal funds.

In the event that the purchase of Maple Lake by the Village of Cumberland is not possible, donations will be used by the Village for the restoration and conservation of fish habitat, including land acquisition for that purpose (50%) and community parks capital projects (50%), unless the Village is directed by the donor that their donation must be returned by mail to them at the address provided at the time of donation. Individuals who donate $20 or more must declare that their donation may be used for the alternate use set out in this policy or be returned to them at the address provided. If an individual indicates that their donation must be returned to them in this circumstance, and that individual cannot be contacted by mail at the address provided at the time of donation, the donation will be used for the alternate use set out in this policy.

Maple Lake Fundraising Committee

Members of the Committee include individuals at large or individuals representing regional organizations having experience with

  • outdoor and recreational pursuits
  • habitat and wildlife conservation
  • obtaining grant funding and other fundraising

Members of the committee do not have to be residents or electors of Cumberland. Elected officials representing the Town of Comox, the City of Courtenay and the Comox Valley Regional District are also voting members of the Committee.

The Committee meets monthly in the Council Chambers of the Village of Cumberland. Since the meetings discuss potential land acquisition most meetings are closed to the public. View Meeting agendas.

More about Maple Lake

Maple Lake blog

I support Maple Lake park, Vaughn Smith

Comox Valley Naturalists Society, Comox Valley Nature Viewing Guide, Maple Lake

Comox Valley Record, Maple Lake should be open to the public, Ralph Shaw, May 3, 2013

Comox Valley Record, Maple Lake is a Jewel, Ralph Shaw, January 29, 2014

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Photo credit Dave Ingram

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