Cumberland was a booming coal mining community founded in the late 1800's attracting workers from Europe, China and Japan. Today, many heritage buildings have been restored along the main street. Just steps from the village, Comox Lake and the surrounding area provides excellent opportunities for fishing, boating, camping, hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. Real estate opportunities are also diverse in this tiny community and the cost of owning a Vancouver Island home is very affordable in Cumberland. The new buyer has a selection of heritage homes, existing homes and new homes to choose from, many offering mountain views. Many homes are available starting from approximately $300,000. Cumberland is considered one of the three communites that are known as the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island; Comox and Courtenay are the other two.