Cumberland Museum

Vancouver Island

A wonderfully quirky museum located on a row of false-fronted buildings that looks like a Dodge City movie set, with evocative exhibits on the area's pioneer past and its Japanese and Chinese communities. There's also a walk-through mine tunnel that offers a glimpse of just how tough the job would have been (the frightening iron lung exhibited upstairs does the same).

Don't forget to pick up your Republic of Cumberland T-shirt in the gift shop.

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