Cumberland, on Vancouver Island has a long history of coal mining. Beginning in 1888 workers came to the little village and worked hard in the mines underground. As is the case with many early mines, they were not without hazards and a number of miners died.
There were a number of Chinese and Japanese workers that lived in their own little community a short distance from the village of Cumberland. Their homes were rough but they made the most of it and toiled hard to eck out a living. The photo below is a preserved example of what some of these people lived in and made a life in.
Cumberland itself is situated in the Comox Valley between Nanaimo and Campbell River. This area is one of beauty and offers all kinds of hiking and biking trails. Explore the village as it has some old buildings that have been maintained and are quite unique.