Tumbler Ridge is a welcoming, family-friendly place with an exceptional Community Centre—nearly 90,000 square feet!—that reflects the importance of activity for everyone. Bring the kids to the modern Aquatic Centre and enjoy the full-sized pool, tots pool, sauna, hot tub and steam room. An indoor children’s playground welcomes the little ones, and there’s a 20΄ x 12΄ climbing wall in the Youth Centre.
Next to the Aquatic Centre you’ll find the squash and racquetball courts, with handy equipment rentals. The Rock Pit Gym is outfitted with a variety of free weights, aerobic equipment, treadmill, elliptical trainer and bikes. Our 200΄ x 85΄ Arena boasts some of the best ice in the Peace Region, with four sheets for curling and a licensed lounge overlooking the rink.
The Art Gallery shows local artists’ work and photographs of some of the area’s scenic splendour. The Public Library, with computer and Internet access, can also be found here. Downstairs is the Sports Hall of Fame, where Tumbler Ridge athletes who have excelled provincially and nationally are highlighted.
Also in the Community Centre are the free Tumbler Ridge Museum displays exploring local natural and human history. A historical map collection (including the 1906 first known map of the area), the town’s coal-mining beginnings, early dinosaur discoveries, and photos of hardy pioneers such as Samuel Prescott Fay and Prentiss Gray—including a major retrospective on the construction of the Monkman Pass Highway in the late 1930s—are just part of what you will see.
Most of the region’s exciting palaeontological discoveries, including authentic footprints, are now housed in the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery, 255 Murray Drive.