Cumberland, Ottawa

Ottawa Ottawa River Geography of Ottawa
Cumberland, Ottawa is located in Ottawa
Cumberland, Ottawa
Location of Cumberland in Ottawa

Cumberland is an unincorporated village on the Ottawa River in Cumberland Ward, in the city of Ottawa. It was part of the historic Township of Cumberland, and was originally part of Russell County, joining the Region of Ottawa-Carleton in the 1960s. In 1999, the township became the short lived City of Cumberland which amalgamated into the City of Ottawa in 2001. While the community of Cumberland was located in the City of Cumberland, it only made up a small percentage of the population of the city.

Cumberland is bounded by Regional Road 174 and the Ottawa River to the north, Colonial Road to the southeast, Innes Road to the southwest, and Trim Road to the west.[1]

There are 6.1 total number of recreational sites per 1000 people.[2]


Cumberland was founded in 1802 when United Empire Loyalists, Abijah and Elizabeth Dunning, their son and daughter-in-law, Zalmon and Debora, and their children settled along the river at Cumberland. Grand-daughter Matilda married Amable Foubert, son of Gabriel Foubert who operated and independent fur trading post where the Lievre River flows into the Ottawa. The early settlement was known first as Foubertville, then as Osborne. In 1864, Postmaster George Gibb Dunning, a grandson of Abijah, changed the name to Cumberland. Due to the commerce from two wharves, several gristmills, sawmills, woolen mills, match factories and seven stores, the village of Cumberland flourished until the late 1890s. In 1907 the Canadian Northern Railroad established an Ottawa-Hawkesbury line that stopped at Cumberland's train station until 1936.[3]

Cumberland village

Coordinates: 45°31′00″N 75°24′30″W / 45.51667°N 75.40833°W / 45.51667; -75.40833


  1. ^ "Ottawa Neighbourhood Study".
  2. ^ "Ottawa Neighbourhood study".
  3. ^ Memories of Cumberland Township. Ottawa: The Cumberland Township Historical Society. 2006. p. 37. ISBN 0-9687196-6-X.