Three distinct historical walks will be offered by the Cumberland Museum & Archives this August 14-17 2015.
Friday, August 14th Meaghan Cursons leads the Village walking tour: a lively and engaging walk through town filled with facts, rumours, tragedies and tales from Cumberland’s colourful history. From the great fires and great strikes, to lavish garden parties, wartime injustices and small pox isolation houses – the Village walking Tour puts the legend in “Legendary Cumberland.”
Saturday, August 15th Dawn Copeman will lead the Old Townsites tour featuring Cumberland’s unique cultural histories. In April 1942 Cumberland’s nearly 600 residents of Japanese descent were banished from the coast and sent to internment camps. The decline of the Chinese community was more gradual as the coal mines shut down in the post-war era. The mostly abandoned Chinatown was finally razed in 1968 leaving only Jumbo’s cabin by the side of Comox Lake Rd. This tour tells the stories of the Chinese and Japanese settlements while walking through the majestic forests on the edge of town where they once stood.
Monday, August 17th, 117 years to the day of the exciting conclusion of Kim Bannerman’s novel Bucket of Blood, the author herself will lead a walking tour that explores the alleys, side streets, and buildings featured in her work of historical fiction.
Tickets to each tour are $15 with discounts for seniors, youth and museum members. Admission to the Cumberland Museum & Archives is included with your ticket, so come to the Museum early.
Complete details and tickets are available at www.cumberlandmuseum.ca.