Welcome to our Geopark

Explore, Discover, and Learn in Beautiful British Columbia.

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.

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Photos from Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark's post

It is perfect early fall weather to go chasing waterfalls! Our group hike last weekend took in Nesbitt’s Knee Falls and Barbour Falls, two short family friendly hikes that are an easy stop en route to Kinuseo Falls. And the road has just been graded all..

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Rainbows hanging in the valley below beautiful Windfall Lake. This backcountry camping destination was developed by and is maintained by WNMS volunteers. Windfall is a fabulous destination for alpie hiking as well as fossil searching. Please take a picture..

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Photos from Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark's post

#MountainMonday Pinnacle Peak has intriguing geological features and fossils, and a summit climb which looks challenging from a distance but turns out to be a simple scramble. At the top enjoy the Spectacular mountain views of the Windfall Lake area,..

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Photos from Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark's post

#WaterfallWednesday Were not just talking about one waterfall, but eight! The Monkman Cascades and Monkman Lake route in Monkman Provincial Park, will lead you by foot along a 50 km return trail. The cascades will begin about 16 kilometers in, and you’ll..

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Photos from Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark's post

A big shout out to Kate and Carmen, the trail maintenance crew for BC Parks this year! Kate and Carmen were carrying out trail maintenance along the viewpoints trail for Kinuseo Falls when our team found them. According to the ladies, BC Parks has its..

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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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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.

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