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.

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Mountain bluet (Centaurea montana) has been found in town and on the surrounding trails. Originally grown by horticulturist's in gardens, Mountain bluet quickly escaped its garden boxes and established in sunny areas. This invasive species can establish through both vegetative (ie through roots or fragmented plant parts) or by seed. Mountain bluet can be identified by:
- prominent blue flowers with spike like petals
- grows 50-80 cm high
- prefers full sun
- thick, dense taproot

The best method for removal is hand pulling, ensuring you get as much of the roots as possible. For larger infestations remove the flower head to prevent seed production and report the site.

If you have these in your garden please consider replacing it, some great alternatives are Common camas (Camassia quamash), Clustered bellflower (Campanula glomerata) or Wild bergamont (Monarda fistulosa).
If found within the geopark please report it to:
www.reportaweedbc.ca or through the Report-A-Weed app
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Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! This year we will be developing our very own Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark Wildflower and Edible Plants Guide! We would like to request anyone with plant photos from within the Geopark to send them in for identification. We are more than happy to identify the wild flowers you send to us and will be sure to let you know any background information for them! To send the photos feel free to direct message them to us or email them to info@tumblerridgegeopark.ca. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call at 250-242-3123

Orchis rotundifolia aka Fly-Spotted Orchis or round leaved orchis

Found in moist soils and well drained stream banks, this orchis has pink-purple upper petals and a white lip with pink-purple spots. Orchis's get their name from Greek mythology, they were a creature that enraged the God's and was punished by being transformed into a flower
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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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