TOWN OF TUMBLER RIDGE BC - History, Location, Coal Mines, Campgrounds, Accommodations, Waterfalls, Northern BC
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Welcome to Tumbler Ridge, BC the Waterfall Capital of the North.


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Lions Campground. Located 3 km from Tumbler Ridge BC. Located on the banks of Flatbed Creek. 28 campsites. No services. Rustic sites with firepits, firewood, picnic tables. Hot showers, sani-station, flush toilets. Open May to October.

Monkman R.V. Park, 3 km. north from downtown Tumbler Ridge. 55 full service sites with 30 amp power. Shower and laundry facilities. Open year round. (after Sept 30th contact town hall 250-242-4242.) Overlooks the Murray River Valley and Bergeron Mountain.

Monkman Provincial Park. est. July 30, 1981. Located 45 km south of Tumbler Ridge on gravel road down the west side of the Murray River. 42 campsites, pull-through sites, tent pads, picnic shelter. The campground is 3 km upstream from Kinuseo Falls.

Sukunka Falls Provincial Park, est. July 30, 1981, 50 km. northwest of Tumbler Ridge on Hwy. #29, turn off highway to the left, 25 km. rough road access. Open May to October, no reservations.

Gwillim Lake Provincial Park est. February 9, 1971, Located 45 km. northwest of Tumbler Ridge on Hwy. #29 (45 km. southeast of Chetwynd). Open May to October, 49 vehicle/tent campsites, pit toilets, firewood, boat launch, swimming, hiking.

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Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 286. 380 Pioneer Loop. (259) 242-4147.

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Tumbler Ridge Community Centre, located downtown along Front Street.


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Tumbler Ridge Elementary School 355 Monkman Way. Kindergarten to Grade 6. (250) 242-5281.

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Tumbler Ridge Senior Secondary School. 180 Southgate. Grades 7 to 12. (250) 242-4227.
Secondary School website

Tumbler Ridge College, 180 Southgate High School Building , Tumbler Ridge Phone: (250) 242-5591
Northern Lights College

Tumbler Ridge Children's Centre. Preschool. Lower level of the Community Centre. (250) 242-4503.

Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society



Tumbler Ridge, B.C.

The Town of Tumbler Ridge is located in the north east corner of British Columbia, on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, 100 km south of Chetwynd B.C. on Highway #29 or 97 km south of Dawson Creek. The town is located at the intersection of Highway 29 and 52 creating a loop that joins Chetwynd and Dawson Creek. Tumbler Ridge has a population of 1,987 (2016 stats) a decrease of -26.7% since 2011 when the populuation was 2,710. There are 1,568 dwellings.

Town Hall, established 1981, located at Founders Street and Main Street. (enlarge picture)
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Fire Station, Commercial Park, Health Centre, Cairn, RCMP, Dinosaur Statue, Beautification

One of the first explorers to the area was Prescott Fay who explored the area north of Jasper in 1912 and discovered the many features of the area. Another explorer Prentiss Gray arrived in 1927. Alex Monkman discovered a pass through the Rocky Mountains in the late 1930s. In the mid 30s a trail was blazed through the mountains known as the Monkman Pass, the lowest pass through the Rocky Mountains. In the late 1970's many coal deposits were discovered.

In the spring of 1981, a survey stake was the only indication to where Tumbler Ridge would be and shortly after that construction began. The community was built to service 2 coal mines that would provide coal to Japan.

VIDEO Downtown Tumbler Ridge
Our trip starts on Northgate Street next to the Fire Station and we travel southwest until we reach Front Street and take a cruise downtown to see the sights of Tumbler Ridge.


In 1983, the Bullmoose mine, located 30 km west of town, employed as many as 300 people. The Quintette mine located 20km south of town, at the peak had as many as 1200 employees. Tumbler Ridges population increased to close to 5000 people. When the world coal markets fell in the late 1990s, the Quintette mine closed in August 2000, causing many people to lose their jobs. This resulted in many businesses closing and the housing prices to fall and the town lost about half its population. Bullmoose Mine also closed in April of 2003 after mining out the last of its coal seams. The Wolverine Deposit was then mined by Western Canadian Coal and opened in the fall of 2004 employing 250 people followed shortly after by Peace River Coal's Trend mine. Walter Energy bought Wolverine and Anglo American PLC bough Trend in 2013,
but both mines closed in 2014 when coal prices dropped again. With no active coal mines running, the main Industries of Tumbler Ridge are Oil and Gas, and Tourism.

Located 9 km north of Tumbler Ridge on Highway 52 is Quality Falls. It is a good 20 minute hike one way. The Quintette Mine site located south of Tumbler Ridge was the largest open-pit coal mine in Canada. 51km past the Quintette Mine is the site of the world's greatest waterfalls, Kinuseo Falls.
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Highway near TR, Quality Falls, Hiking Trail, BC Rail, Flatbed Creek, Wind Turbines, Trail System near Golf Course.

Tumbler Ridge Global Park is made up of 43 geosites across 21 destination areas of geological and aesthetic interests that include many waterfalls, rock formations, lakes and canyons, mountain summits and caves.

Just some of the sites to see are listed below:
Babcock Falls:
Located 35km south of Tumbler Ridge, off Highway 52. Features a waterfall, meadows, swimming. 2km return.
Tepee Falls: Located 35km north of Tumbler Ridge along Highway 52. Features a waterfall and canyon. 6 km return.
Bergeron Falls:
The highest waterfall in Northern British Columbia at 100 meters. It is the closest falls to Tumbler Ridge at 16km northwest of town. One can get to this area along a 10 km trail. Quintette Mountain: Not far from Babcock Falls. Features an Alpine summit. 2.5km return.
Flatbed Pools:
1km SE of Tumbler Ridge. Features 3 pools on flatbed Creek. 5km return.
Flatbed Falls:
1 km SE of Tumbler Ridge, small falls, swimming.
Tumbler Ridge Trail:
27km dirt trail, with 5 access points.
The Stone Corral:
Not far from Kinuseo Falls. Features many fossils, 2 small caves. 4.5 km return.
Murray Canyon Overlook:
30 km north of Tumbler Ridge along Highway 52. Features a spectacular view of the river canyon. 6km return.
Tumbler Point:
Features trail near Tumbler Ridge Point Bird Sanctuary west end of Tumbler Ridge. 212 species have been recorded. 4km return.
Dinosaur Trackway:
1km southeast of Tumbler Ridge. Features Ankylosaur Trackway. 4km return.

The site of the biggest find of dinosaur bones in British Columbia, located near Tumbler Ridge in the area surrounding Flatbed Creek and Canyon.

Tumbler Ridge has a number of residential areas, each with a view of the mountains. Also view another residential area in the western part of Tumbler Ridge (enlarge picture)

Downtown Tumbler Ridge:
Most of the stores are located downtown, including the post office, the Health Centre, Grocery Store and Drugstore. The Tumbler Ridge Community Centre is an arena with seating for 700, used for recreational, old-timer and minor hockey, figure skating, annual trade shows and other major community events. Located in the Centre is Action Play Cafe, also the Curling Rink and Lounge, home of the Tumbler Ridge Curling Club. The Centre also has a weight room, banquet and meeting rooms. The Aquatic Centre, has four competitive lanes, tot's pool and lagoon, sauna, steam-room and whirlpool. It features a racquetball court, squash courts, and hockey concession. The Tumbler Ridge Children's Centre Society is situated in the lower part of the Community Centre which offers preschool services for children. Also part of this centre is the Tumbler Ridge Library.


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Tumbler Ridge Golf & Country Club. Scenic 9 hole course, Driving range, putting green, Pro Shop and restaurant. (250) 242-3533.

Tumbler Ridge News is locally owned and operated in Tumbler Ridge. It is delivered door-to-door, free of charge, every Saturday. Distribution is 1,200 weekly. It was last located downtown be is now operated out of a residence.

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Visitors Information Booth (250) 242-3123. There are many outdoor recreation facilities including 2 tennis courts, basketball court, 2 beach volleyball courts, 5 ball diamonds.

Main Street Tumbler Ridge (enlarge picture)

Tumbler Ridge Events:
NOW POSTED Events of the Peace Country

The Major Events that take place each year in Tumbler Ridge is the Winter Carnival in the latter part of January, Multicultural Festival in April, and the Tumbler Ridge Triathlon Swim/Bike/Run at the end of May. Grizzly Valley Saddle Club Annual Poker Ride and Gymkhana takes place in June and the Canada Day Celebrations happens each July 1st. The Men's and Ladies' Open golf tournament is a regular summer event, Grizfest music festival takes place over the August long weekend. The Emperor's Challenge is the first Saturday after August long weekend. The Ridge Ramble cross-country run is planned for the fall, while the Halloween Haunted Experience takes place in October. November is for the Craft fairs event and in December Tumbler Ridge has is annual Holly Jolly Christmas Tree Light-up, The Christmas Light-up Contest and the Annual Toy Bingo.

Grizfest website

Tumbler Ridge Public Library
Tumbler Ridge Museum

There are riverboat tours of the Murray River and Kinuseo Falls available during the summer months.

Sledding - Cross Country Skiing
The Tumbler Ridge Ridge Riders snowmobile club maintain over 300km of trails. During the winter months, many of the falls freeze and provide excellent ice for climbing. There are many cross-country ski trails that are groomed. The most popular trail is 10km long and starts at the golf course.

Elk, moose, deer, caribou, Stone's Sheep, wolves, cougars, grizzly bears and many birds live in the wilderness around Tumbler Ridge.

Churches in Tumbler Ridge
Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church, and Tumbler Ridge Fellowship Baptist Church are all located in the Tumbler Ridge Commercial Park on the far south of Tumbler Ridge (view photo). New Life Assembly Church is located along Murray Drive.

Tumbler Ridge Updates
Sept 2013: Anglo American PLC has planned to spend 200 million dollars to boost output of coking coal its mine near Tumbler Ridge. Good news for the already 420 workers that will add to job security, and it will generate 100 new construction jobs.

June 2016: In the last 2 years the coal mines have closed and overall 750 people have lost their jobs. In some cases houses have lost value of $100,000.

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