Home to the 2nd Global Geopark in North America and set in the Rocky Mountains among mountain peaks and alpine meadows Tumbler Ridge is a town characterized as a wilderness/outdoor adventure destination and an area with a maturing resource economy. With a bright future in the coal mining and oil and gas industries, Tumbler Ridge is fast becoming a noticeable place to invest and live in. Noticeable for outdoor recreation as well, the area has been a mecca for activities such as snowmobiling, hiking and fishing.
A $14 million recreational facility is located in the heart of the community and houses an ice arena, four sheet curling rink, fully-equipped weight room, youth centre, climbing wall and an aquatic centre. Found in the same facility is an art gallery show space, library, restaurant, meeting rooms, banquet facility and a museum display. There are 37 developed recreational trails found in the area, not to mention four provincial parks with spectacular hikes and scenic trails that provide opportunities to snap-shot the incredible northern Rockies.
The fact that Tumbler Ridge is the only place in BC where both dinosaur tracks and bones have been found also makes the area very unique. The opening of the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery has added to the town’s character, showcasing the distinct tracks and fossils that have been found and excavated in the Tumbler Ridge area.
Coal mines have resumed operation near Tumbler Ridge: Conuma Resources restarted operations in 2016 with re-opening the Brule and Wolverine Mines, and most recently the Willow Creek Mine will resume operations in 2018. Conuma has actively started recruitment for this mine in March of 2018, based out of Chetwynd. Nine oil and gas companies operate in the area generating approximately $100 million in revenue for the Province of BC.
The transportation network to the area is provided by three highways. The Heritage Highway (#52 North and East) connects Tumbler Ridge to Highway #97 west of Dawson Creek and Highway #2 east of Dawson Creek. Tumbler Ridge is also connected to Chetwynd via Highway #29. There is a small airport located to the southeast of the township, it requires no permission to use, and aviation fuel is provided on site. CN Rail provides shipping freight service to Tumbler Ridge.
With current industries strengthening their operations and with additional industries like oil and gas, Tumbler Ridge is fast becoming an economically strong member again of the South Peace region. With investment that is already taking place in the service, industrial and resource sectors, the future is promising for Tumbler Ridge.