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Vancouver Island


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The unofficial epicentre of Island riding

Etched into the forested hills and mountains is one of BC's most revered riding destinations. Submersed into the forest and weaving out from the Village of Cumberland are more than 200 km (120 mi) of Vancouver Island’s most legendary singletrack—where the trails range from fast and flowy to rugged and rocky, and where epic vistas are awarded to riders with the legs and lungs to get them there.

From the village’s decidedly chill downtown strip, you’re just a few pedal strokes from the loamy, rooty, and lovingly maintained trails that have made Cumberland one of British Columbia’s premier mountain bike destinations. Depending on which trails you choose, you’ll find combinations of flowy, forested singletrack (Blue Collar), fast, bermed descents (New Vanilla), man-made features like boardwalks and A-frames (Thirsty Beaver)), if jumps is your jam then the freeride features on (Sphagnum PI), or the hops 'n' pops and big gap senders on (Six Pack), or technical cross-country rides that will test your abilities and make you earn every exhilarating descent (Queso Grande). Cumberland is truly a Mountain Bike Mecca getaway.

Cumberland is nestled in the Comox Valley along with the seaside towns of Courtenay and Comox only a few minutes away. Discover all that the area has to offer at Experience Comox Valley.

Highest Elevation:
1,949 m
extra difficult

Cumberland Inspiration

Uncover stories of this unofficial epicentre.

Getting Here & Trail Access

Situated on the east coast of central Vancouver Island, Cumberland sits in the Comox Valley which stretches from Fanny Bay to Saratoga Beach and includes the communities Courtenay and Comox.

From southern Vancouver Island, riders can drive to Cumberland by taking the oceanside route, Highway 19A, through the seaside communities of Fanny Bay, Union Bay, Royston before driving through Courtenay and onwards to Cumberland. For a quick drive, follow Island Highway 19 and get riding faster.

Driving Distances & Times:

  • Powell River via BC Ferries - 50 km (31 mi), 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Nanaimo - 100 km (62 mi), 1 hour
  • Victoria - 215 km (133 mi), 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Vancouver via BC Ferries - 180 km (112 mi), 3 hours 30 minutes

The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) is centrally located, providing easy access to all points on central and northern Vancouver Island with daily direct flights from major cities including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and more on Pacific Coastal Airlines, Air Canada, WestJet, and Harbour Air.

Trails in Cumberland can be accessed from two main trail areas:

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Support Our Local Trails

Consider supporting the associations in Cumberland that help maintain the trails and advocate for the mountain bike community.

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