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!
Geology

Geology

A remarkable variety of geological features within a relatively small area.  A true paradise for geotourism.
Paleontology

Palaeontology

World-class dinosaur trackways and fossils are studied locally at our research centre.  A cornerstone anchor 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

The Tumbler Ridge Geopark Society invites you to explore and celebrate our history.  Learn about and contact members of our board.

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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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International Mountain Day 2022Women Move Mountains Women play a key role in environmental protection and social and economic development in mountain areas. They are often the primary managers of mountain resources, guardians of biodiversity, keepers of traditional knowledge, custodians of local culture and experts in traditional medicine.To celebrate, we have arranged Free guided adventures with two inspiring Women who do their part to celebrate, empower and educate other women in the backcountry. Join us for one of two guided tours. Please phone the Visitor Centre to book your trip. 250-242-3123.December 10, 2022, from 12 pm - 3 pmGuided snowshoe to Babcock Falls with Northern Rockies FitnessPut your snowshoes on and snowshoe with Northern Rockies Fitness into a white powder and ice paradise where it's simply powdery wilderness in front of you. You'll access the beautiful Babcock Falls with a professional the way the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark is meant to be experienced - as a mix of fun, challenge, and learning, combined with the simple enjoyment of being outside in nature. ** Participants will need to supply their own snowshoes.December 11, 2022, from 10 am - 2 pmGuided Skinbased ski trip to the Lost Haven Cabin with JADEFitFreedom to adventure. Skinbased skis are made for all types of exploration. A cross between snowshoes and downhill skis, you will experience a whole new outdoor adventure with JADEFit guiding the way. On Sunday, December 11, join this family-friendly, guided ski to the Lost Haven Cabin. As part of International Mountain Day, this tour and equipment are free. *****NOTES ABOUT THESE TRIPS***** Joining these trips means being prepared for unusual challenges: Days may be beautiful with the sun sparkling off of fresh snow or very snowy with near whiteout conditions. On beautiful days you'll finish with memories of a sea of mountains in all directions. On days when the weather is "not so good," as we say, you'll head home with the exhilaration and accomplishment that comes from a real experience - a real mountain winter day!Trips do not include:Transportation to the site, food or water, winter gear or snowshoes. Please ensure you have the above.Trip DeparturesParticipants will meet at the Tumbler Ridge Visitor Centre 30 minutes before the scheduled trip. We will then travel together to the trailheads.Difficulty LevelEasy to Moderate Dress RequirementJoining this trip means being prepared for any weather. High alpine weather can be extreme and completely different from in-town weather. You MUST have winter boots, a winter coat and pants, a warm hat and warm gloves.These trips are Free with funding and support from Meikle Wind, a Pattern Canada Corporation.#InternationalMountainDay #IMD2022 #Meiklewind #MountainsMatter #WomenMoveMountains ... See MoreSee Less
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Santa is getting ready to do a cruise through the streets of the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark at 5:00 pm Friday Decmeber 16, 2022. To lead up to Santa's arrival, join us for the twelve days of Christmas and be entered to win a daily present sponsored by our our generous community businesses! Check out www.santainthegeopark.com to enter for Each day starting December 4, to be entered to win a prize. Plus get up to date information about the event!The rules are as stated: 1. One entry per day. Adult and Children catagory2. Must be a resident of Tumbler Ridge. 3. Winners will be drawn each day and announced on the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark Facebook page. ... See MoreSee Less
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Save the Date!!Sleddin' Santa is Coming to town on December 16th ... 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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