Welcome to our Geopark

Explore, Discover, and Learn in Beautiful British Columbia.

Membership offers benefits including discounts on merchandise in our Visitor’s Centre and advance notice of events and activities!

There's more to a Geopark than meets the eye!


Within a relatively small area, the hills, mountains and valleys around the town contain a remarkable variety of geological features.  An outdoors person’s paradise.


World-class dinosaur trackways and fossils have led to BC’s only vertebrate research center being established within the geopark.  A cornerstone of our Geopark.

Human History

Prehistoric to the modern we celebrate our diversity and honour our heroes.  Come discover Tumbler Ridge’s unique history.

Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark

About the Geopark

Meet the Tumbler Ridge Geopark Society and celebrate our history.  Learn more about & contact the members of our board.


To the east is the Alberta border and to the west the Sukunka Valley.  The total area is 8478 km2 or nearly 2.1 million acres.

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April 22 is Earth Day! We want to help make your home a little greener on this very special day by giving you the materials to make a succulent terrarium.A terrarium is a self-sustaining plant ecosystem that's calibrated to effectively replicate all the necessary natural cycles for a thriving community of organisms. This kit includes all materials and step-by-step instructions for the inside of your terrarium. You will provide the dish/jar/container you want to repurpose. Once you learn how easy it is to make a terrarium, you may be inspired to make more for yourself or as gifts.We have limited Adult and kid kits, so Call the Visitor Centre at 250-242-3123 to sign-up today!Thanks to Meikle Wind for funding this amazing program!Pattern #Meiklewind#TRGEO ... See MoreSee Less
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Are you a student looking for work and passionate about Tumbler Ridge? Are you always the first to offer up information on dinner recommendations, adventures to take, mountains to climb? The Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark is looking for enthusiastic team players that loves helping visitors plan their vacation and promoting the Tumbler Ridge area. The new discoveries of Tumbler Ridge are still waiting to be explored and you’re happy to share your part of the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark’s secrets. We are looking for multiple Visitor Information Counsellors for this upcoming spring and summer season.The potential candidates will need to have been registered as a full-time student in a secondary, post-secondary, vocational or technical program during the preceding academic year and intend to return to school on a full time basis during the next academic year. Flexible hours including weekends and evenings is a requirement for this position. To request a complete job description or to submit your resume please e-mail jenna.mcqueen@tumblerridgegeopark.ca. ... See MoreSee Less
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Gear can be expensive, and not owning the right stuff prevents people from exploring the incredible natural areas our Geopark has to offer. To support our community better, we have teamed up with CO-OP and the Wolverine Nordic & Mountain Society to bring the CO-OP Community Cross Country Ski program. This Program is free for Local residents and available for a small rental fee for non-residents to help with the program's maintenance and upkeep. For more information, stop in the Visitor Centre or call us at 250-242-3123. Dawson Co-op Food Store ... See MoreSee Less
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A UNESCO Global Geopark is an area recognized as having internationally significant geological heritage.  Geoparks aim to reconnect people to the earth, whether through hiking trails, learning about mountain building, eating food grown in the local soils, or celebrating the stories of the people who have lived here since time immemorial.  The geology in a Geopark may be linked to sites with interesting archaeology, wildlife, history, folklore and culture. Tourism industry promotion in a Geopark focuses on highlighting the geographical character of a place.

Education in the Geopark
Learning never exhausts the mind.

--Leonardo da Vinci

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Geoparks also inform about the sustainable use and need for natural resources, whether they are mined (we’re famous for metallurgical coal), quarried or harnessed from the surrounding environment, while at the same time promoting respect for the environment and the integrity of the landscape.
Compared with national or provincial parks which are often “top-down”, government-initiated projects, a Geopark is typically a grassroots, community-driven initiative that depends on local passion and “sense-of-place”.

Founded in the early 80’s as a mining community Tumbler Ridge has developed into a world class destination for eco-tourism.  Featuring a full season’s worth of hiking trails and many other recreational options Tumbler Ridge offers a unique experience.

We have a magnificent diversity of outstanding and accessible mountain geology, extraordinary waterfalls, and dinosaur fossils and trackways unmatched in the known world.

For sheer joy and contentment, I know of nothing like this; a hundred miles or two from any civilization and no human being within miles… the spell of the mountains.
–John Holzworth

Our outdoor recreation goes way beyond hiking and exploring.  We have active ATV and snowmobile clubs that have developed the back country for quading, sledding and use by side by sides.  Our Murray River is an amazing place to take a jet boat and we have campsites and lakes to satisfy any visitor whether they want to kayak, camp or just enjoy the peaceful serenity of the wilderness.

If you need more information please don’t hesitate to contact us!  We will forward your inquiry to the appropriate people or groups and get back to you as soon as possible.

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