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Kinuseo Falls in Monkman Provincial Park

(Albert Normandin photo)

Tumbler Ridge

Geography

Tumbler Ridge is a beautifully planned town, with clean streets in the summer and pristine white, snow-capped mountains in winter.

Named for the ridge located high above, the town is set between the foothills and the jagged Rocky Mountains.

The shale geology of the Rockies near Tumbler Ridge has resulted in mountains that are lower than those in the north and the south. High elevation areas are easily accessible from town. Enjoy mountain hikes, stunning views and clean air.

Paleontology and Geology

Mountain erosion processes have exposed many pre-historic rock layers. In the process, fossils and footprints from millions of years ago have been raised to the surface. Tumbler Ridge is the only designated geopark, a unified area with geological heritage and international significance, in Canada. In 2000, two residents made a thrilling discovery on a downstream rafting trip – a dinosaur trackway along Flatbed Creek. Check out the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery to learn more.

The mountain's geological composition is also rich in minerals and petroleum products. Coal is especially common throughout the area and is the resource that established Tumbler Ridge as a community. Oil and gas development is another important economic resource in the area.

Murray River

Rivers are another force of nature that have greatly influenced the landscape of Tumbler Ridge. The Murray River carves a valley through the landscape, flowing from Bulley and Monkman Glacier in Monkman Provincial Park, passing near the community and flowing out to the Pine River before joining the Peace River.

Climate and Weather

Overall, the Tumbler Ridge climate offers warm summers and drier continental winters that are generally more temperate than the nearby prairies. July temperatures average 14.8˚C/58.64˚F and reach highs of 30.9˚C/87.62˚F, while January temperatures average -11.1˚C/11.12˚F and dip down to -32˚C/-25.6˚F.

When heading to the mountains, be prepared for mountain weather such as thunderstorms and squalls (short rain or snow storms). It is a good idea to bring layers, as temperatures tend to drastically decrease as elevation increases. However, winter temperature inversions can sometimes create warmer air at higher elevations.