Cumberland Lake Park, a gem nestled in British Columbia (Canada), is set to undergo a transformative expansion. With the support of the Island Coastal Economic Trust, the Cumberland Lake Park Society has unveiled plans to introduce five glamping-style sites, offering visitors a blend of luxury and nature.
This initiative is not just about adding sleeping barrels and amenities; it’s a vision to redefine camping. Nestled amidst second-growth forests, these sites promise breathtaking views of Comox Lake. Whether it’s hiking, rock climbing, or simply basking in nature’s beauty, the expansion aims to cater to every nature enthusiast’s whim.
Glamping, a term that marries glamour and camping, has seen a global surge in popularity. The Cumberland Lake Park’s expansion taps into this trend, promising an experience that combines the raw beauty of nature with the comforts of luxury accommodation.
Genevieve Burdett, the executive director of the Cumberland Lake Park Society, expressed her enthusiasm, stating that the project aligns with the park’s vision and responds to the evolving preferences of campers.
“The project builds on the continually growing popularity of camping and glamping over the last few years while providing alternate or additional revenue streams for the park that are aligned with our vision.”
The economic implications of such projects are profound. They not only boost local tourism but also foster sustainable practices. The new sites, with their emphasis on low-impact camping, resonate with the global shift towards eco-friendly tourism. Mayor Vickey Brown highlighted the project’s significance, emphasizing its potential to bolster tourism infrastructure sustainably.
“This project will provide much-needed, additional tourism infrastructure in a sustainable and respectful relationship with the land. It would not be possible without the support from the Trust and we are very grateful for their investment in our community.”
Spanning 24 hectares, the Cumberland Lake Park features a campground with 17 serviced sites and 34 unserviced sites, a group campsite, boat launch and dock, as well as hiking trail, offering a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a plethora of recreational activities. The park’s expansion promises to enhance this experience, making it a must-visit destination for both locals and tourists.
The Island Coastal Economic Trust’s involvement is pivotal. Established in 2006, the Trust has been instrumental in fostering sustainable coastal economies. Their partnership with the Cumberland Lake Park Society is a testament to their commitment to community-led projects. Aaron Stone, chair of the Island Coastal Economic Trust, expressed pride in this collaboration, emphasizing the project’s potential to address visitor accommodation needs.
The Trust’s contributions extend beyond financial support. Since its inception, it has approved over CA$59 million for various initiatives, attracting investments and creating jobs. Their work spans across ancestral territories, reflecting a deep respect for indigenous communities.
The Cumberland Lake Park campground’s expansion promises an experience that blends luxury with nature, catering to the modern camper’s evolving preferences. With the support of the Island Coastal Economic Trust and the Cumberland Lake Park Society’s vision, the future of camping in British Columbia looks promising.
Featured image from Cumberland Lake Park Society.