Welcome to Dodge City
About Cumberland, BC
To wannabe travel writers, it’s the Village in the Forest. To locals, it’s an eclectic and wildly unpredictable community of free-spirited individuals, where the ghosts of Ginger Goodwin and countless forgotten coal miners share the streets and alleys with a new generation of fiercely independent Islanders and stoke-chasing urban refugees. But to those of us who crave the mud beneath our shoes, or the intoxicating rush of shredding dirt trails carved from the rainforested slopes of some of the Pacific Rim’s most inviting wilderness, it’s nothing short of legendary. This is Cumberland, BC. Welcome to Dodge City.
The Cumberland Forest: Pride of a Community
The unofficial epicentre of Vancouver Island mountain biking and trail running, the hills and forest overlooking Cumberland feature more than 100 kilometres of world-class singletrack ranging from fast and flowy to rugged and gnarly.
Carved primarily through working forest, Cumberland’s trail network is accessible thanks to an innovative partnership between the landowners and the community. The United Riders of Cumberland (UROC) manage trail access and maintains the trails, while the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) is working on purchasing plots of the forest from landowners and reintegrating them into the Commons.
We’re proud to work alongside both of these fantastic organizations.
Photos: Sarah Seads