Cumberland Lake Wilderness Society received an ICET grant to add camping sites this summer. Record file photo

Cumberland Lake Wilderness Society gets grant for walk-in campsites

ICET grant supports what will be pilot project to gauge level of public support

The Cumberland Lake Wilderness Society (CLWS) is getting some funds to help create some campsites near Comox Lake, ones aimed at a different type of camper.

The society, which operates the site for the Village of Cumberland, received a grant from Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET) recently to add the new walk-in sites this summer.

“This type of pilot project will help diversify and expand camping opportunities by increasing alternative revenue streams, while encouraging low-impact camping and travel methods,” ICET board chair Josie Osborne said in a news release. “On a larger scale, adding accommodation in Cumberland is key to ensuring the Village fully captures the additional benefits that overnight visitors can generate for the local economy.”

The work will include six next tent pads and a couple of common areas. There will be fire rings, picnic tables and a metal food cache. The site is accessed by a 20-metre walk through forested area that overlooks the lake.

ICET applicants can receive up to $15,000 in matching funds through ICET’s Small Capital Restart Funding Stream, which aims to benefit projects that create opportunities related to business restarts and sustainability since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. CLWS is covering the other half of the costs.

Since June, ICET has distributed grants to 11 communities throughout the region. ICET also recently announced support for a drive-in theatre project for Port McNeill.

RELATED STORY: Cumberland campground had a busy season

For the Cumberland Lake Wilderness Society, the work means they can open up additional space at the campground, which like so many has been shut down due to pandemic restrictions. Genevieve Burdett, CLWS executive director, says the process was very fast, but the projects have to be turned around quickly – three months maximum.

“It was, like, a very fast-track application process,” she told the Record. “You submit your application, and they approve it within a week.”

The campground is back open to the public as part of the phased-in approach to reopen sectors of the economy in line with public health guidelines. As well, with students back in classes this fall, CLWS expects to be operating programming for school groups again to visit the lake.

“We are able to open all our sites now,” she said. “We just opened them.”

She said the park’s master plan recommends sites that promote alternative forms of transportation. One potential spot in the plan is far from the current campsite and would require adding infrastructure such as water and toilets, but the society was able to find a forested area not far from the upper site that had not been developed yet.

“We already have water and bathrooms there, so it’s not such a big investment,” Burdett said.

The spaces are being designed with walk-in traffic or cyclists in mind, as amenities like the metal food cache will allow visitors to store food on site, even if they did not arrive by car or truck. In this way, the new sites will help CLWS determine the response to walk-in sites.

“It’s kind of a pilot project to see if the public is interested in those kind of sites, and if they are, we can invest and do more,” she said. “It’s just adding more capacity to our campground.”



mike.chouinard@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Father Charles has devoted his life to protecting and preserving natural habitats and has inspired generations of volunteers to work together to protect and preserve forests and rivers. Photo submitted
Valley environmentalist and Catholic priest-hermit Father Charles Brandt passes away

He devoted his life to protecting and preserving natural habitats

Carolyn and Steve Touhey came across a pod of humpback whales while on their boat Sunday, Oct. 25. Photo supplied
VIDEO: Boaters encounter pod of humpbacks near Comox

A Comox Valley family had a meeting with a humpback whale family… Continue reading

Candice Woloshyn prepares her flower beds for the next season at her ‘Dirty Girl Flowers’ farm in Merville. Despite the pandemic, Woloshyn was able to sustain her homegrown business as community members opted for regular deliveries of fresh cut flowers. Photo by Binny Paul/ Campbell River Mirror.
Vancouver Island flower farmers were blooming as the pandemic wilted everything else

Floriculturists saw increased subscriptions as fresh flowers became a ‘sight for sore eyes’ during isolation

The Bernice Friesen novel, “Universal Disorder,” will be launched via Zoom on Nov. 14. Photo supplied.
Fat Oyster Reading Series hosting online launch of new novel by Comox Valley author

Fanny Bay’s Fat Oyster Reading Series is going digital, for the launch… Continue reading

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives for briefing on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020 (B.C. government)
B.C. records 217 more COVID-19 cases, mask use urged

Infection spike continues, 21 senior facilities affected

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
L.A. Dodgers beat Rays 3-1 to win 1st World Series title since 1988

National League champs claim crown in six games

Seven-year-old Aaliyah Rosa was found dead in an apartment in Langley in July. (Langley Advance Times files)
Child’s body cold, no pulse: Off-duty cop testifies in Langley mother’s murder trial

The seven-year-old girl’s mother faces a first-degree murder charge

A picture of John taken at Children’s Hospital Vancouver last week. Photo courtesy, Alicia Sewid.
RCMP investigating after young boy run over by SUV in Campbell River parking lot

The seven-year-old has multiple injuries including a broken pelvis and was admitted to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver

People march during a climate strike in Montreal, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Judge rejects 15 youths’ climate change lawsuit against Canadian government

Justice Michael Manson has granted the government’s motion to strike the plaintiffs’ claim

Starting Saturday and continuing until April 3, the Comox Valley Farmers Market will operate at the Native Sons Hall and the parking lot between the hall and the Sid Williams Theatre. (File photo)
Comox Valley Farmers Market secures space

Starting Saturday, Oct. 31, the Comox Valley Farmers Market will expand its… Continue reading

Most Read