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Location: At junction of Hwy 29 and Hwy 52; 55 miles southeast of Chetwynd; 72 miles south of Dawson Creek. Population: 2,500. Visitor Information: Tumbler Ridge Visitor Centre, 265 Southgate; Phone: (250) 242-3123; Email: tourism@dtr.ca; Website: www.TumblerRidge.ca. Geopark Website: www.TumblerRidgeGeopark.ca
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Tumbler Ridge is home to the Tumbler Ridge United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Global Geopark, a designated area with sites and landscapes of international geological significance. One of five Global Geoparks in North America and the first in western North America, the Tumbler Ridge Geopark comprises 34 accessible geosites across 21 destination areas. These include waterfalls, rock formations, alpine meadows and lakes, canyons, mountain summits, caves and dinosaur trackways. Fifty hiking trails and countless ATV, snowmobile and mountain bike trails lead to special places and significant discoveries are still being made every year.


Incorporated in 1981, the town of Tumbler Ridge was originally carved out of the wilderness in order to develop metallurgical coal mining activities in the area. Oil and gas, forestry and clean energy have followed in the region, and today the town of Tumbler Ridge boasts a diverse economy.


Tumbler Ridge is a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts. With accessible year-round recreation opportunities for all ages, interests and abilities, the possibilities are as diverse as the landscapes in which they appear. Nearly 1600 km2 (600+ mi2) of Provincial Parks and wilderness areas enshrine a huge variety of landscapes, vegetation and wildlife.


Monkman Provincial Park is truly a wilderness jewel, with a staggering 62,867 hectares (155,353 acres) of scenic splendor. This enchanting back country is full of rugged peaks, forested valleys, thundering waterfalls and glacial lakes. This area is a popular spot for camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing and photography. Spectacular jet boat tours are available daily during the summer, upstream from Tumbler Ridge to Kinuseo Falls or downstream to Murray Canyon. Breathtaking Kinuseo Falls on Murray River is 68.5 m (225 ft) tall. For experienced backcountry hikers, a 24km/15 mi (each way) trek into the heart of Monkman Provincial Park will bring you to the Cascades - a dazzling series of 10 waterfalls on Monkman Creek. A trail and campsites have improved access to this remote area.


The Dinosaur Discovery Gallery, located at 255 Murray Drive, focuses on the wealth of dinosaur and other palaeontological discoveries which first came to light in 2000, when two boys stumbled across a series of fossilized Ankylosaur prints along the banks of Flatbed Creek just below Tumbler Ridge. Tours are available to two dinosaur trackway sites and include an evening lantern tour to experience those tracks best viewed in the evening with low angle light. Hundreds of dinosaur bones unearthed in the area are by far the oldest in Western Canada and have led to Northeast BC becoming known as a paleontological hotspot. The gallery exhibits over 300 million years of palaeontological history.


The impressive 90,000-square-foot Tumbler Ridge Community Centre offers an aquatic centre, hockey arena, curling rink, gym, racquet ball courts, library, licensed café, art gallery and indoor playground. The Centre also houses the free Tumbler Ridge Display Gallery, where you can investigate local natural and human history.


Tumbler Ridge has a growing mountain biking and road cycling scene. In 2020, the Tumbler Ridge Triathlon (swim/bike/run) is held June 20 and the Tumbler Ridge GranFondo takes place on July 25. The Geopark will host its second annual Fishing Derby on July 3-5. Now in its 22nd year, the Emperor’s Challenge on August 8 is the world’s toughest and most beautiful half marathon and the biggest off-road running event in BC. The race over the top of Babcock Mountain and its panoramic views of the Northern Rockies is a thrilling mix of alpine and forest scenery.


Tumbler Ridge is home to a 9-hole, par 36 public golf course. RV sites are also available. Other campsites include Lions Campground with 40 rustic sites and Monkman RV Park with 55 sites offering full hook-ups, showers and laundry.


Open year-round and located conveniently in the downtown core, the beautiful Visitor Centre is an ideal meeting place where knowledgeable staff provide information on all there is to see and do in this impressive area.

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