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Cumberland's Heritage

The story of Vancouver Island can be told by looking at Cumberland's own past: coal, labour activism, immigration, resource booms and busts. And now, rebirth as a vibrant, modern community.

While the village moves into the future our heritage is an undeniable part of the character of Cumberland. Walking down Dunsmuir Avenue, named for the industrialist who owned Union Colliery Company and founded the Village, past beautiful historic buildings, it’s easy to imagine the hard-scrabble and provincial roots that preceded today’s modern community.

Here are some links for the heritage-minded. The Official Community Plan also contains information about heritage guidelines for building and development.

Heritage Management Plan

The plan will guide heritage conservation now and into the future.

History of Cumberland

The Village has come a long way since 1852.

Heritage Committee

The Committee makes recommendation on development applications in the Village commercial corridor.