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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Windfall Lake - Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia

The Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society will be leading a hike to Windfall Lake this Saturday July 29. Meet at the Visitor Centre at 8am to hike the trail that leads for five kilometres with an elevation gain 370 m (1215ft) through forest and sub-alpine..

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Photos from Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark's post

We held a succesfull Flint Knapping workshop on Saturday, led by archaeologist and flint knapping expert Alessandro Strapazzon. More than 25 people, young and old, joined us to learn this age-old art of making arrowheads and other edged stone tools. #flintknapping..

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Visit Tumbler Ridge

The Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark has some of the best and hardest working volunteers! The Wolverine Nordic Mountain Society works all year long maintaining and building trails for all our visitors and residents to enjoy. Thank You WNMS for everything..

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Timeline Photos

We want to see all your favorite photos of the Tumbler Ridge Global Geoparks Waterfalls. Post your pictures in the comments for all to see!!!

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Photos from Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark's post

Do you love the Windfall Lake circular route? Have you ever wondered how we maintain such amazing trails? It’s ALL volunteers! The WNMS is hosting a work bee tomorrow to build a new outhouse at the trailhead, install a new dishwashing station at the campsite..

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Info, Contact

A Geopark is an area recognized by the Global Geoparks Network with geological heritage of international significance. The Global Geoparks Network is supported by UNESCO. The geology in a Geopark is 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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