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Welcome to our blog – Digging Deeper – digging into Cumberland history.

Keep an eye out for monthly articles written by locals about our community history.

About the blogger, Dawn:  I don’t have coal dust in my blood but I spent my childhood in a mining town just outside of Sudbury, Ontario, the site of the first-ever Miner’s memorial held in Canada in 1985 My great grandfather, my grandfather and my dad all worked at various times at the nickel mines in the Sudbury Basin. First for Mond Nickel, then later for Inco (now Vale). When I moved to Cumberland with my family in 1992 it was like coming home: same rolling hills (just a bit taller), with warmer winters and fewer mosquitoes. 

September 19: Strangers In A Strange Land

Imagine two journeys in the early 1900s: The first starts in a mining town in England where recruiters from Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir) Ltd are trying to woo experienced miners to Canada. The recruiters show you Canadian Pacific Railway posters of beautiful mountain ranges, harvest photos with heaping baskets of glossy red apples and images of […]

August 18: Up the Lake

In 1880 Comox Lake is a beautiful wilderness lake teeming with fish: rainbow and cutthroat trout, char, dolly varden (aka mud sharks), kokanee. coast range sculpin and stickleback. Old-growth coastal Douglas Fir grow right down to the waterline. The lake sits at 138-metre elevation with a surface area of 2100 hectares and a perimeter of […]

July 16: Fire Fire Fire

Authored by Dawn Copeman Early history of Cumberland It starts with wood. And coal. The forest extends beyond history, beyond memory. Deer and other game paths leave a light trace on the landscape. For centuries, the occasional K’omoks hunters are the only humans to wander the trails around Cumberland, noticing the deposits of shiny black […]

June 16: Tragedy befalls the community

Authored by Dawn Copeman I walk past the No.6 mine cairn daily on my way into the forest with my dog. Back when the site was operational it wouldn’t be pleasant hearing the ventilation fan chuffing twenty four hours a day or the screech of the ore trains and the rumble of coal being dumped, […]