Location: Northeastern British Columbia, at the intersection of
Highways 29 and 52, South of Chetwynd (Highway 29) and Dawson Creek
Uncluttered town, pleasant-looking buildings, natural setting.
Tumbler Ridge is a very small town, relatively far
from major population centers, and access to many services or amenities
is limited or non-existent.
Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition)
44 (Tumbler Ridge) D2.
The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at
Other Trips in Tumbler Ridge Area:
Bootski Lake Trail Hike,
Mount Clifford Trail Hike,
Trail Hike, Windfall Lake Trail Hike,
Stone Corral Trail Hike,
Monkman Falls Hike,
Bergeron Cliffs Trail
Hike, Bergeron Falls Trail
Knee Falls Trail Hike,
Barbour Falls Trail Hike,
Hiking Route, Babcock Falls Visit,
Titanic Trail Hike,
Boulder Gardens Route
Tepee Falls Trail Hike,
Pinnacle Peak Route
Mine Road & Windfall Creek FSR,
Tumbler Ridge sits all by itself among some of the
finest British Columbia nature. The way the road network is, one does
not need to drive through Tumbler Ridge to get from one town to another.
So, there is very little traffic in and around this town of several
thousand people. Tumbler Ridge is a good place to stop en route to
exploring the nearby backcountry, as this is where, if nothing else, you
would top up your gas tank before heading further. That said, the town
centre has several neat buildings and museums, and could be a
destination or a stopover in its own right.
1. We are on Highway 52, southbound from Dawson Creek,
entering the town of Tumbler Ridge.
Highway 52 at Tumbler Ridge British Columbia Canada
2. Still on Highway 52, a sign directs us to turn
right onto Mackenzie Way to get to the town center.
Highway 52 in Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
3. Now on Mackenzie Way. A sign points out to the
Dinosaur Discovery Gallery. Tumbler Ridge adopted the dinosaur theme as
its major attraction, since many dinosaur tracks and remnants were
discovered in the area not so long ago.
Mackenzie Way Tumbler Ridge British Columbia
4. Having turned onto Willow Drive, we checked out the
Willow Drive Tumbler Ridge BC
5. Tumbler Ridge Visitor Centre.
Tumbler Ridge BC Visitor Centre
6. A stand with maps of the town and the surrounding
area is located by the Visitor Centre.
Stand with Maps of Tumbler Ridge and Surrounding Area
7. The map of Tumbler Ridge.
Map of Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
8. A cropped version. Just after where the black
number 2 in a yellow circle is located in the upper part of the map, we
have turned from Highway 52 onto Mackenzie Way. Willow Drive is located
near the centre of the map. Front Street, where Canada Day celebration
(covered below) was held, is where the black number 1 in a yellow circle
is located closer to the bottom of the map.
Tumbler Ridge Town Map
9. And here is the recreation map of the surrounding
area, with many natural attractions listed on the map. The same map is
available as part of a Tourism Tumbler Ridge brochure - you are likely
to find it in visitor centres of many BC cities and towns.
Tumbler Ridge & Area Recreation Map
10. A BC Rail car turned into a museum is waiting for
you by the Visitor Centre.
BC Rail Museum Tumbler Ridge
11. Tumbler Ridge Town Hall. Pretty in pink.
Town Hall Tumbler Ridge British Columbia Canada
12. If sweating on one of the numerous nearby trails
is not enough, this outdoor gym is available 24/7.
Photo of Outdoor Gym Tumbler Ridge British Columbia Canada
13. A memorial to remarkable people, after whom many
of the local natural attractions were named.
Tumbler Ridge War Memorial
14. Tumbler Ridge police station, with a
dinosaur-themed utility box on the foreground.
Tumbler Ridge BC RCMP Station
15. An apartment building.
Apartment Building Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
16. Today being Canada Day, Front Street was closed
for festive activities.
Northgate at Front Street Tumbler Ridge British Columbia
17. Looking from the other side of Front Street.
Tumbler Ridge BC
18. Get a free hamburger.
Tumbler Ridge British Columbia Canada
19. Then, sit down at a table and enjoy your meal.
Front Street Tumbler Ridge BC
20. On our left, a band was performing soft rock
Canada Day Band Performance Tumbler Ridge BC
21. They were quite good.
Tumbler Ridge BC Canada Day Band Performance
22. In the meanwhile, on Front Street the following
activities were available: inflatable castle jumping, mini-golf,
throwing baseballs at a push button to drop another person into a water
Tumbler Ridge BC Front Street Closed For Canada Day Festivities
23. Tumbler Ridge Community Centre in the middle of
Front Street was a good place to cool down. This is where you would get
a lot of free brochures describing local hikes and providing directions.
Among other things, the Community Centre houses a library, childcare,
weight room, curling rink, arena, teen centre, aquatic centre, and
Tumbler Ridge Community Centre
Tumbler Ridge is a very pleasant town, well-deserving
of a visit.
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