One of the first explorers to the area was Prescott Fay who explored the area north of Jasper in 1912 and discovered the many features of the area. Another explorer Prentiss Gray arrived in 1927. Alex Monkman discovered a pass through the Rocky Mountains in the late 1930s. In the mid 30s a trail was blazed through the mountains known as the Monkman Pass, the lowest pass through the Rocky Mountains. In the late 1970's many coal deposits were discovered. In the spring of 1981, a survey stake was the only indication to where Tumbler Ridge would be and shortly after that construction began. The community was built to service 2 coal mines that would provide coal to Japan.
HISTORY OF TUMBLER RIDGE, BC
Located 9 km north of Tumbler Ridge on Highway 52 is Quality Falls (Enlarge above photo). It is a good 20 minute hike one way. Quality Falls Sign VIEW PHOTO
Tumbler Ridge Global Park is made up of 43 geosites across 21 destination areas of geological and aesthetic interests that include many waterfalls, rock formations, lakes and canyons, mountain summits and caves. Tumbler Ridge is known as the "Waterfall Capital of the North". Just some of the sites to see are listed below:
BERGERON FALLS: The highest waterfall in Northern British Columbia at 100 meters. It is the closest falls to Tumbler Ridge at 16km northwest of town. One can get to this area along a 12 km trail.
KINUSEO FALLS: Located at Monkman Provincial Park 60 km suth of Tumbler Ridge BC. You can park right near the falls and have a close look from the viewing platform. VEW FEATURE PAGE
BABCOCK FALLS: Located 35km south of Tumbler Ridge, off Highway 52. Features a waterfall, meadows, swimming. About a 2km hike return.
BARBOUR FALLS: Located about 63 km southeast of Tumbler RIdge. The 800 metre trail runs parallel to Barour Creek which is a tributary of the Murray River and can take about 1.5 hours to walk.
NESBITT'S KNEE FALLS: Located about 65 km southeast of Tumbler Ridge, BC. The trail is a round trip of 3km.
TRAILS IN THE AREA: Map one VIEW PHOTO, Map two of Wolverine Nordic Trails VIEW PHOTO