We stayed for one night here as a stop off between Tofino and the Sunshine Coast and hence hadn't really researched what was available to do in Cumberland. When we arrived Ian explained to us that there were tons of mountain biking tracks and I guess he would have really helped us with what to do had we actually had time to go mountain biking! However we arrived late (about 4.30 pm ish) and were checked in and then asked if we would join them there (staff/ friends/ guests) for Thanksgiving dinner! How lovely! We are extremely glad that we were invited because a) the meal was lovely b) the company was lovely c) i have no clue where else we would have found to eat in Cumberland because it is tiny! Basically the people who run this hostel are extremely kind and lovely people and really care about the hostel and its guests. The hostel itself is immaculate- all of the rooms and bathrooms appear to be. I must admit this was my first time ever in a hostel (i'm more of a hotel kinda gal) but couldn't believe how good it was. We had a private room and a shared bathroom (that we didn't have to share because there were hardly any other guests) so it was pretty hotel-like! But miles cheaper! If I was going back to Cumberland, I would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in historic downtown Cumberland, this Tourism BC Approved Accommodation occupies an 1895 heritage building which served as the village hardware store prior to being tastefully restored & converted into a 30 bed hostel. Cumberland has become home to those seeking a slower pace, the arts and unparalleled access to recreation resulting in a vibrant, youthful mountain valley culture. The Riding Fool is at the trail head of world class mountain bike trails and a quick drive to Mt. Washington Alpine Resort, Forbidden Plateau Recreation Area, Strathcona Provincial Park, Comox Lake, kayaking, scuba, rock climbing, hiking & more! If you enjoy a more relaxed travel experience rich with recreational opportunities and steeped in history you will most certainly enjoy the Village of Cumberland and the Riding Fool. ... more less
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