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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Get out there and take a “forest bath” in the Geopark today on #NationalTreeDay!Shinrin-yoku, meaning “forest bathing” in Japanese, is the practice of taking in the atmosphere of the forest using all your senses, slowly and mindfully. 💚Before doing some shinrin-yoku of your own on this #NationalTreeDay, visit our Health and Wellness hub on our website for some ideas: ow.ly/XjKG30rUbQb Please remember to be #ParksSmart on your visits to Parks Canada administered places. #NationalForestWeek📍: Terra Nova National Park ... See MoreSee Less
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Join WNMS for a family-friendly treasure hunt around town! The Lions Club will be providing free hot dogs, and there are prizes to be had! Sign up your team by giving them a call. See you on Saturday at 1:30 at the Visitor’s Centre!Just a reminder that this Saturday; September 25, 2021 is the first ever Tumbler Ridge town centre walking Treasure Hunt, organised by WNMS, Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark, and Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation. Anyone who feels like facing the challenge of the fiendish but friendly, family oriented observational clues, please meet to sign up near to the Caboose, opposite the Visitor Centre at 1.30pm. Later arrivals can be accommodated, with the latest start time around 2.30pm. The route is about 1km in length, and will take around 1 hour to complete; but that's enough hints!The event will be followed by hot dogs, kindly provided by The Lions Club; and whilst you are enjoying those refreshments, we will tally up the results ready for presenting the lovely prizes, generously donated by Backcountry Bandit, Ridge Rotors, and Tiffany Hetenyi. Can't wait to see you there! ... 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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