Cumberland Lake PARK CAMPGROUND
COVID-19 Lake Park Re-Opening Announcement
After careful preparation and planning, Cumberland Lake Wilderness Society, in collaboration with the Village of Cumberland, is set to reopen Cumberland Lake Park. Additional parking areas will be reopened on weekends and holidays beginning May 16th, with the campground to reopen June 1st.
The reopening plan follows the Province of BC’s May 6 announcement that easing of some restrictions will begin in mid-May through the BC Restart Plan. BC Parks’ campgrounds are also scheduled to open for the season on June 1.
For the remainder of May, the rear parking lot and family bathroom will be open on weekends to help alleviate parking issues. As always, the main park gate will be closed 10pm to 8am. The campground will remain closed in May and staffing is limited.
On June 1, the campground will open at a reduced capacity. The following changes will be in place:
Bookings will re-open June 1
Campsites that do not allow for adequate physical distancing will be closed. Guests booked in these sites will be relocated to another available site, if possible. However, some existing reservations will be cancelled in the coming weeks.
Bathrooms and showers will open with updated protocols.
Campground will open to BC residents only.
Campground will open to Vancouver Island residents only, until at least June 30th. Everyone is encouraged to camp close to home.
All protocols will be updated to follow PHO recommendations
Playground will remain closed
Visitors are requested to follow these additional rules:
Visitors are expected to follow the requirements for physical distancing and maximum group size set out by the province.
Visitors should bring their own hand sanitizer and are asked to practice appropriate hygiene.
If you are sick, please visit another time.
All users are asked to be cautious and avoid high risk activities.
Following reopening, there will be an assessment period to monitor the changes and ensure they are working as intended. Additional changes and policies may be implemented at anytime based on recommendations and orders from provincial health officials.
Those with existing reservations who would like to cancel them will have until June 15 to cancel without penalty. We sincerely apologize to all guests affected by these changes. We value your business and hope we can welcome you some other time. Please know that we are doing our best in this challenging time. We are excited to be opening.
Cumberland Lake Park is located on the shores of the glacier-fed Comox Lake and offers sandy beaches, swimming, watersports rentals, concession, campground, coin-operated showers, boat launch, hiking trails and climbing crags.
Cumberland Lake Park is located 5 km west of the Village of Cumberland, known for its legendary mountain biking, pubs, eateries and rich coal mining history.
Cumberland Lake Wilderness Society (CLWS) is a nonprofit society that operates the campground as a social enterprise in support of our mission to create wonder and connection through outdoor experiences.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
This video was completed by the Youth Media Project with the Comox Valley Art Gallery and highlights the original founders of CLWS and their vision for the park.
The Comox Valley Collective magazine profiled CLWS and some of the programming initiatives that have taken place. Read the article here: Lost in the Wilderness.