Digging Deeper

Welcome to our blog – Digging Deeper – digging into Cumberland history.

Keep an eye out for monthly articles written by locals about our community history.


About the blogger, Dawn:  I don’t have coal dust in my blood but I spent my childhood in a mining town just outside of Sudbury, Ontario, the site of the first-ever Miner’s memorial held in Canada in 1985 My great grandfather, my grandfather and my dad all worked at various times at the nickel mines in the Sudbury Basin. First for Mond Nickel, then later for Inco (now Vale). When I moved to Cumberland with my family in 1992 it was like coming home: same rolling hills (just a bit taller), with warmer winters and fewer mosquitoes. 

Looking Forward

Featured Blog Article by Sarah Rempel. Sarah joined the CMA team this summer as a heritage interpreter. She was an incredible addition to our team.

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The Heart Of A Community

Cumberland has always been the path between – part of a cross-island trading route first developed by ancestors of the K’omoks First Nation. Once coal

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Oh those beans

Oh those beans Oh those beans bacon and gravy They almost drive me crazy I eat them till I see them in my dreams When

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Close To My Heart – Part Two

Sometime this month, ornamental cherry trees will bloom at Coal Creek Historic Park. Planted in 2009, the trees commemorate thirty-one Japanese Canadian families removed from

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Close to My Heart – Part One

Historically, Cumberland was home to several different populations of primarily working-class people. The first settlers had rudimentary accommodations, but once the mill was operational, company

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A Token of Gratitude

Dr. Robert Lawrence, an allopathic* physician and farmer was hired by Union Collieries as the first senior Colliery physician at Union (now Cumberland) in 1892.

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The Circus Comes to Town

By Guest Contributor Kim Bannerman Here we are, December 2020. What a year it’s been! Elections, pandemics, wildfires, lockdowns — it’s been an absolute circus.

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We Shall Not Rest

The cenotaph in front of Branch No.23 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Cumberland bears brass plaques to commemorate the war dead from wars over

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With Fatal Results

What is it about ghost stories that are so appealing? Autumn is the time of year to believe that spirits move among us. It is

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