Following in the footsteps (so to speak) of the amazing dinosaur discoveries, the volunteer-run TRMF was founded in 2002 to develop and maintain the Tumbler Ridge Museum for the benefit of residents and visitors. Highlighting the unique historical, palaeontological, mining, geographic and other features of greater Tumbler Ridge, the Foundation has four distinct areas of focus:
- Dinosaurs and other fossils
- Natural history, including waterfalls
- Coal and the creation of Tumbler Ridge
- Human history (First Nations, pioneer and recent history)
The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia is an Honorary Patron of the TRMF.
Visit the TRMF Home Page.
Dinosaur Discovery Gallery
Opened in 2007, the Gallery is locate within the PRPRC at 255 Murray Drive and is the only facility of its kind in British Columbia. Informative presentations, enjoyable and educational fro all ages, tell the story of the dinosaur discoveries, including a number of authentic Tumbler Ridge dinosaur footprints.
Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre
The PRPRC (the only one of its kind in British Columbia) was established in 2003 by the TRMF to collect, study, preserve and display the exceptional palaeontological resources of the Peace River Region, presided over by our resident palaeontologists, Rich McCrea and Lisa Buckley. Detailed information can be found on the PRPRC website.
Click here for more information on our dinosaur experiences.
Dinosaur Camp – This Monday to Friday daytime summer program, designed by our resident palaeontologists, is a fun and healthy educational experience (mostly outdoors) for kids 8 to 13, and the only such camp in British Columbia. Can be condensed to a two-day Family Mini-Camp so the whole family can participate together. Click here for more information.
Community Centre Exhibits
True to its original goal, the TRMF opened the free museum in 2003 in the Community Centre, where it hosts fascinating exhibits exploring local natural and human history. An historic map collection (including the 1906 first known map of the area), the town’s coal-mining beginnings, and photo exhibits of early pioneers such as Samuel Prescott Fay and Prentiss Gray – including a major display on the construction of the Monkman Pass Highway in the late 1930s – are just a hint of what you will see here. Informative presentations, enjoyable and educational for all ages, tell the story of the dinosaur discoveries, including a number of authentic Tumbler Ridge dinosaur footprints and replicas of others that are still in their original locations.
Downstairs is the Sports Hall of Fame, where Tumbler Ridge athletes who have excelled provincially and nationally are highlighted.
Plans are underway to construct a large-scale 125,000 sq. ft. world-class museum in Tumbler Ridge showcasing and protecting British Columbia’s expanding palaeontological resources. The museum’s themes will be palaeontology, natural history, human history and fossil fuels.
Download the Community Centre Exhibits brochure. (.pdf)