CUMBERLAND, B.C. – The Cumberland Lake Wilderness Society (CLWS) is cooking up a business opportunity for this summer, and possibly beyond.

The CLWS is seeking a concession operator at Cumberland Lake Park for the 2019 season.

The Cumberland Lake Park concession is located at 1100 Comox Lake Road and will contain (at a minimum): a grill & deep fryer, exhaust fan, one fridge, one freezer, one ice-cream chest and three sinks.

CLWS executive director Genevieve Burdett said the society is asking candidates to submit a one-page expression of interest, describing their experience, their desired menu options, and two references.

Ideally, candidates would have some sort of culinary and business background, she added.

“But we’ll look at the merits of all the people who apply and pick who we think will do the best job,” she said.

Requirements include:

  • occupy, maintain, and secure food concession and outdoor patio area from June 15 to Sept. 3, 2019 (minimum)
  •  possess valid permits and licenses
  •  Compliance with Island Health regulations
  • Pay associated hydro costs
  •  $5 million Commercial General Liability coverage with Cumberland Lake Wilderness Society and Village of Cumberland named as additionally insured

Cumberland Lake Park is a popular day use area and gathering spot for the community offering sandy beaches on Comox Lake, campground, boat launch, climbing crags and hiking trails.

The park is located four kilometres west of Cumberland at the end of Comox Lake Road.

The society operates the campground as a social enterprise that supports affordable outdoor education and recreation programming at the park.

Burdett said this is the first year in a while that the concession will have “all the equipment required to run a fantastic food operation.”

There hasn’t been a grill and deep fryer there for a couple years now, so… the food options out there for the last couple years haven’t been the best just because they didn’t have a fully operational kitchen,” she added.

“So this year, the village (of Cumberland) is putting in some money to put in an exhaust pan and then a not-for-profit is going to purchase the grill and fryer, so it will be really great. It is a really awesome opportunity for someone to get a fully operational kitchen.”

CLWS is inviting interested operators to submit an expression of interest by March 4.

More details can be found at the CLWS website cumberlandlakepark.ca, or by contacting Genevieve Burdett at [email protected].