This is nearly 6 months after the fact, but better late than never. I wanted to write about our Cumberland vacation in July because I wanted to share this wonderful little town (and larger Comox Valley) with anyone interested in an outdoor-focused, local(ish) vacation.
We travel light, and expect most of our activities to be somewhat free (hiking, biking, swimming) with our money mostly going to a nicer Airbnb rental and a few treats/meals out in the week. We mostly make all our food, and that helps keep our costs low. This was a really affordable trip for our family of 4, and frankly, the majority of our money went to our lodging and the ferry ride (oof), our splurge was surf + boogie board, wetsuit rentals.
We found so many of these great spots from friends who had been in the area, or had previously lived within a 20 mile radius. Always ask a local!
With our large Europe trip cancelled because of Covid, I wanted to go to the Island because it would feel like we "went somewhere" while still staying within BC restrictions. Stefan loves mountain biking, and I wanted to go somewhere where he could do that and that we'd never been before. He did either the bike park or an hour of biking on Cumberland Mountain each morning before the rest of us were up and at 'em.
After trying surfing in California a few years prior, getting to Tofino for a day of surfing was also interesting to all four of us.
Stefan brought home a really nice magazine his company had printed, CV Collective, and it showcased the beautiful Comox Valley: the small towns of Comox, Courtenay, and Cumberland. This place fit the bill! We had such a great vacation here and really squeezed the life out of this area in 7 days. Read on for our itinerary.
Saturday: travel day, Nanaimo beach (no picture), 1-2 hour bike ride up access roads into Cumberland forest (bugs!)
Parking lot with all our bikes at our airbnb--it was a great little 1 bedroom with everything necessary, including locked bike storage and a few blocks away from the town.
Sunday: Buttle Lake swim (above), Lupin Falls hike/walk in Strathcona Provincial Park
Elk Falls Suspension Bridge
Campbell River and Dicks Fish & Chips, Miracle Beach swim (below) + sand dollars
Monday: Forbidden Plateau mountain bike ride with a stop in Nymph Falls (below),
Neck Point Park and Nanaimo friends and dinner!