Now a UNESCO site

We’re excited and honoured that as of November 17, 2015 UNESCO has made 120 Global Geoparks (including the TRGG) official UNESCO sites.

Geopark Designated

On September 23rd, 2014 the Tumbler Ridge Geopark became a Global Geopark, supported by UNESCO.

UNESCO Press Release

Tumbler Ridge Press Release

CBC Radio interview

 

Geopark funding announcement interview

Our Leadership & Direction
Thomas Clark

Director

Sue Kenny

Past President

Stephanie Janes

Director

Sarah Waters

Executive Director

Roxanne Gulick

President

Ray Proulx

Director

Patsy Antle

Treasurer

Marsha Dufresne

Director

Larry White

Director

Jordan Wall

Director

Jim Kincaid

Director

Dr. Lisa G. Buckley

Vice President

Dr Charles Helm
Dr. Charles Helm

Secretary

Birgit Sharman

Secretary

April Moi

Director

Who we are

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark Society (TRGGS) is led by a Board of Directors, which evolved from a Steering Committee and Executive, once known as the Tumbler Ridge Aspiring Geopark Society.  It is incorporated as a registered not-for-profit society in the province of British Columbia, with its own constitution and bylaws, with scientific advisors in geology, paleontology and archaeology.

Board of Directors:

  • April Moi
  • Birgit Sharman – (WNMS President)
  • Dr. Charles Helm
  • Jim Kincaid – (TRMF President)
  • Jordan Wall – (District CAO)
  • Larry White
  • Marsha Dufresne
  • Patsy Antle
  • Ray Proulx
  • Dr. Rich McCrea – (TRMF Curator)
  • Roxanne Gulick
  • Sue Kenny

LOCAL SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS

Local scientific advisors include:

  • Dr. Lisa Buckley (Palaeontology and Biology)
  • Dr .Richard McCrea (Palaeontology and Biology)
  • Kevin Sharman (Geology)
  • Craig Waters (Archaeology)
  • Sarah Waters (Archaeology)

REMOTE SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS

Remote scientific advisors include:

Philosophy
“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.”
― Thomas Jefferson
Tourism Goals
  1. Increase the length of stay of existing visitors.

  2. Increase the number of visitors focusing on those people who visit outside of the main events which are typically at capacity, such as the Geopark event Emperors’ Challenge and Grizfest.

  3. Increase the number of higher-yield visitors.

History of an Aspiring Geopark
Letters of Support

Kareana Jensen is a classical composer from Tumbler Ridge.  Sufficiently inspired by the grandeur of the geology and the Geopark concept to write music specific to these themes. “Kinuseo Falls” is one of her best-known pieces, in which, with a little imagination, the waters of the Murray River can be heard accelerating, tumbling over this magnificent waterfall, and subsiding in the pool below.

Tumbler Ridge Aspiring Geopark Symposium
Informational Brochures
Our Application

The application sent by the Tumbler Ridge Aspiring Geopark to the Global Geoparks Network to become a member of this network.  At the time there were close to 100 Global Geoparks, including one in North America (Stonehammer) and one in South America (Araripe in Brazil).

2013 Innovator Award from Northern BC Tourism.
Tumbler Ridge Aspiring Geopark Steering Committee wins Innovator award from Northern BC Tourism
Tumbler Ridge Aspiring Geopark Steering Committee wins Innovator award from Northern BC Tourism
We are proud to work with

Partners

Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation
UNESCO
Wolverine Nordic Mountain Society
District of Tumbler Ridge
Peace River Regional District
Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre

Stakeholders:

Industry representatives:

  • Coal mines (Anglo American, HD Mining, Teck Corporation, Conuma Coal)
  • Natural Gas (CNRL, Talisman, Spectra etc.)
  • Wind Energy (Capital Power, etc.)
  • Forestry (West Fraser, Canfor etc.)

Educational institutions:

  • University of Northern British Columbia
  • Tumbler Ridge Campus of the Northern Lights College
  • School District #59: Tumbler Ridge Secondary School, Tumbler Ridge Elementary School
  • Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce

Tourism operators:

Direct Operators:

Action Play Cafe
Wild River Adventure Tours
Filaprint
Ridge Rotors