Population: 3,500

Tumbler Ridge is located 73 miles southwest of Dawson Creek and 55 miles southeast of Chetwynd via Highway 29 South. 

Visitor information: District of Tumbler Ridge Visitor Centre.

Tumbler Ridge was built in conjunction with development of the North East Coal resource in the early 1980s. The Quintette Mine south of town was the world’s largest computerized open coal pit mine until it was shut down in the fall of 2000. Tumbler Ridge was incorporated April 9, 1981, making it British Columbia’s newest community. Visitor services include food, gas, and lodging at Trend Mountain Hotel and Conference Centre. Tumbler Ridge has retail and grocery outlets, a hardware store and a car wash. Camping at Flatbed Creek Campground just outside of town and at Monkman RV Park in town.

Stop by the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery in Tumbler Ridge to see their expanding collection
of dinosaur bones and other fossils. (©Judy Nadon, staff)


  • Dinosaur Discovery Gallery has an expanding collection of dinosaur bones and other fossils is discovered locally.
  • Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark.
  • Spectacular 225-foot/69-m Kinuseo Falls in Monkman Provincial Park is 37 miles south of town via a gravel road. Long, steep hike down to foot of falls.