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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Alaska Highway > Tumbler Ridge

Tumbler Ridge
Tumbler Ridge is located 115 km (71 miles) south-west of Dawson Creek on Hwy 52 and 97 km (60 miles) south-east of Chetwynd on Hwy 29.

Coal Mining
Renowned for its large coal reserves in the area, Tumbler Ridge was incorporated in 1981 to help extract this resource and then later house the workers. Two large coal mines called Bullmoose and Quintette were eventually developed to exclusively export to the Japanese market.

Bullmoose and Quintette Mines
Bullmoose Mine, an open-pit metallurgical coal mine, was located 40 km (25 miles) from Tumbler Ridge and was operated by mining giant, Teck Cominco. Quintette Mine, also a producing metallurgical coal mine, was a little closer, only 25 km (16 miles) from Tumbler Ridge and was the largest open-pit coal mine in Canada at the time.

Hard Economic Times
Bullmoose and Quintette Mines, because of the Japanese economy slowing down, poor coal prices and mine exhaustion eventually had to close - Bullmoose in 2003 and Quintette in 2000. This left Tumbler Ridge on hard economic times for a number of years causing large numbers of people to leave town for jobs and opportunities elsewhere.

Wolverine Coal Deposit
Recently though, with the rising economies of China and the Far East booming, coal mining opportunities in Tumbler Ridge have been resurrected. The Wolverine coal deposit which is to be mined by Western Canadian Coal is expected to create many jobs lasting well into the future with a strong demand coming from East Asia, specifically China.

Great Expectations
Today in Tumbler Ridge you'll find lots of optimism, opportunity for jobs, thriving businesses and the development of a vibrant community. Great expectations in the future is now the norm for Tumbler Ridge with the selling of real estate, the economy improving and lots of opportunity for prosperity found everywhere.

Dinosaur Bones and Fossils
Tumbler Ridge is also famous for the large amount of dinosaur fossils found in the immediate area. In 2000, Daniel Helm and Mark Turner, two young lads at the time, found the biggest ever deposit in British Columbia of dinosaur bones and fossils around Flatbed Creek and Canyon. If you can, try exploring this Flatbed area and spot the specimens fossilized in the rock.

Gwillim Lake Provincial Park
Travelling into Tumbler Ridge on Hwy 29 from Chetwynd, a park that you'll go by is called Gwillim Lake Provincial Park. The park, only 60 km (38 miles) from Tumbler Ridge, features a beautiful lake, vehicle-accessible campground, boat launch, wildlife viewing, swimming, great canoeing and kayaking plus beautiful panoramic views of Mount Meikle in the far background.

One other thing that people from all over the world come to Tumbler Ridge is to view the vast amount of waterfalls found throughout the area. Some waterfalls like the spectacular Bergeron Falls can prove a little more work to see, but there are also some other waterfalls that you can get to via gravel roads and well-groomed trails.

Kinuseo Falls
If you can, please take the time to travel and view Kinuseo Falls. The falls are located in Monkman Provincial Park only 60 km (37 miles) south of Tumbler Ridge. At 60-metres high, Kinuseo Falls are actually higher than Niagara Falls. You can either visit them by a very accessible trail or by water, taking jet-boats along the Murray River.

Monkman Provincial Park
Monkman Provincial Park also features both vehicle and some backcountry campsites. The park is a little harder to enter but is very serene and contains some other waterfalls besides Kinuseo Falls. Monkman Provincial Park also has some areas to go caving or spelunking if you happen to be interested in cave exploring.

Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails
Maintained by the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society these Nordic ski hills will offer you plenty of great cross-country skiing during the winter. Then, in the summer, the trails are opened for hiking or to go mountain biking.

Lions Campground
Located on the banks of Flatbead Creek the Lions Campground offers 28 campsites in a very private forested setting. Although power or sewers are not available, the campground has nice large sites, is in a great location plus has flush toilets, hot showers, sani-dump and the price is very reasonable.

Be 'Bear Aware'
Please remember if you do happen to be about in the bush there are bears in the immediate area. Please take the usual precautions, carry a high-quality pepper spray, travel in groups, watch your dog along the trails and learn about being bear and wildlife safety in BC.

Information on Tumbler Ridge

Provincial Parks





Map of Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia
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Coal Mining Shovel
Coal Mining Shovel


Driving into Tumbler Ridge
Driving into Tumbler Ridge


Tumbler Ridge Town Hall
Tumbler Ridge Town Hall


Bullmoose Mountain
Bullmoose Mountain


Gwillim Lake Provincial Park and Mount Meikle
Gwillim Lake Provincial Park


Murray River
Murray River


Tumbler Ridge Golf Course
Tumbler Ridge Golf & Country Club

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