Cumberland folk ‘really do touch the earth’

Dear editor,

Never in my life did I ever expect myself to be writing something positive about Dodge City (Cumberland).

VISITING RIDERS PIZZA was just one of the things that made a stay in Cumberland so enjoyable for a visiting Hornby Island resident.

Dear editor,

Never in my life did I ever expect myself to be writing something positive about Dodge City (Cumberland).

Perhaps it’s  the outlaw in me. However, after my last visit to Dodge City, I felt strongly compelled to write the Record and share some of my very enjoyable experiences.

I started out making a purchase of some very savory tasting sausage from Village Meats, which recently located and now shares a business location with Dodge City Videos, which in my opinion is perfect.

While patiently waiting for your turn with the butcher, you can pick out a movie to go with your dinner!

Next I discovered a real old-fashioned grocery store — Seeds Natural Food Market, where I bought a few items to go with my evening meal. To my delight it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg.

From there it was up to Dwain’s Liquor Store, where I obtained a dozen beer along with a quality cloth bag and two free cooking mags and all for $20.70. What a deal!

The cloth bag was kinda funky. It promoted Shop Local, Shop Cumberland, which I did.

And then — Catch the Wave, only to discover that it was the Waverley Hotel and Pub that was being promoted. Not only did I bask in the attention I was given, but I must state that I devoured one of the best burgers ever on Burger Night.

On the way back to my buddy’s home I was drawn into the Cumberland Hotel by the great live music that I knew to be real rock ’n roll. I even ended up on stage playing my harp with the band, (something that I haven’t done in years, so I apologize for being a wee bit rusty).

The next day, I checked out the Cumberland Village Bakery, where I picked up a “real” loaf of bread and a couple of apple fritters for my sweet tooth.

The nice folk at the Cumberland branch of the Royal Canadian Legion treated me like royalty when I mentioned that I was a former member of the Black Watch. Everyone knows that they don’t let wimps into Canada’s elite highland regiment.

On my tour of Dodge City, I enjoyed a bite at Riders Pizza and stopped at On The Go Grill.

At the King George Hotel I came across the proudly displayed Lucky posters similar to ones proudly exhibited at the butcher shop across the way. At this hotel were also beautifully framed prints of logging history incorporated into the building as an integral aspect of the inner wall.

To complete the art show was a plaque with the tribute: Thank-You King George Hotel for your generosity and support to the 1st Cumberland Scouts.

Dodge City was like taking a step back in time. I would personally describe Cumberland as being like the 1950s with a twist.

It is one of the few places in Canada where good old-fashioned values like integrity, honesty, respect, and honour are still held in high regard. People here really do touch the earth.

I’d say that Cumberland truly represents a role model for what being a Canadian is really all about. Dodge City could very well become the next in-vogue destination spot for the homegrown Canadian tourist and world traveller alike.

Don Hogan,

Hornby Island

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