Tumbler Ridge is a district municipality in northeastern British Columbia, Canada, as well as a member municipality of the Peace River Regional District in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies.
Falling international coal costs after 1981 has kept it from reaching its planned population of 10,000 individuals. and weakening Asian markets in the late 1990s, made the town’s future unclear. The doubt kept the market from diversifying and dissuaded investment. The Quintette mine was shut in 2000 when price reductions were driven onto the mines as well as the town lost about half its population.
After fossils, dinosaur footprints, and bones were found in the municipality, along with fossils of Triassic fishes and cretaceous plants, the Peace Region Paleontology Research Center opened in 2003. A dinosaur museum as well as the research centre were financed in part by the federal Western Economic Diversification Canada to reduce economic dependence on the coal industry.
In 2014, both running coal mines were set into “care and maintenance mode”. This implies without having to go through the procedure for obtaining a new mines act license the mines are essentially shut, but are permitted to restart.
Economic diversification has also happened with recreational tourism, forestry, and petroleum and gas exploration. Recreational destinations that are nearby contain numerous trails, snowmobiling areas, waterfalls, mountains and provincial parks, like Gwillim Lake Provincial Park, Bearhole Lake Provincial Park, and Monkman Provincial Park.