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Welcome to our Geopark
Explore, Discover, and Learn in Beautiful British Columbia.
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.
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.
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.
The Geopark’s location within Canada. To the east is the Alberta border and to the west the Sukunka Valley in British Columbia. The total area is 8478 km2 or nearly 2.1 million acres.