Head for the hills!
Explore Wilderness in our Backyard!
Tumbler Ridge invites you to explore our network of 37 signed and designated hiking trails in spectacular Northeastern British Columbia. Numerous hiking trails (BC’s most challenging) lead to craggy alpine peaks with stunning 360-degree views, thundering Canada waterfalls, ancient dinosaur trackways, other-worldly geological formations, mysterious caves, spring meadows ablaze with wildflowers, and tranquil pine forests (where wildlife is an essential part of the scenery).
Here you will discover a wide choice of terrains, from short, easy day-hike trails through verdant woodlands close to town, suitable for beginners and young families, to rigorous, multi-day backcountry treks into untamed landscapes that will challenge the most experienced mountaineer and leave you filled with a sense of wonder.
Peak bagging and waterfall bagging – If you’re hoping to shorten your list, you’ve come to the right place! The combination of our location in the eastern foothills of the Rockies and our reputation as the Waterfall Capital of the North makes Tumbler Ridge Canada any baggers’ dream destination, and astounding views are just part of the package.
Along with the obvious benefits of good exercise and time well spent with family and friends, hiking BC in our many parks and vast wilderness areas gives you the opportunity to awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. With an enchanting mix of ecosystems and vegetation, clear mountain air, refreshing waterways, fascinating birds and wildlife, and the welcoming embrace of a forest that feels like home – the power of Tumbler Ridge’s magical environment never fails to enthrall visitors.
Although hiking season runs from mid-May-October, Summer in Tumbler Ridge is the perfect time to hike BC. During Winter in Tumbler Ridge, a sunny day is also a great time to explore our pristine landscapes. Many of our hiking trails are suitable for mountain-biking in summer and cross country skiing BC in winter.
You CAN expect an unforgettable adventure. Please DO NOT expect crowds, traffic jams, line-ups, noise, shopping malls or folks in too much of a hurry.
For those that are new to Tumbler Ridge and prefer to hike in groups, please check out the Wolverine Nordic Mountain Society hiking schedule for the summer of and fall of 2014. Click here to view.
Some Notable Hikes:
TR Point Trail (easy / two hours)
The TR Point Trail passes through the Tumbler Ridge Bird Sanctuary, and is one of the best places in the area to view (and hear) a multitude of songbirds.
Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails (easy / one to four hours)
Easily accessible in town from the golf course, the most popular of these trails leads to the Lost Haven cabin. Built as a warming shelter for cross-county skiers, it is open in summer and is a great place for a picnic.
Upper Quality Falls ( easy / two hours)
Very close to town, this picturesque veil of water tumbling into a shallow creek is a great destination for a picnic and a quick dip on a hot summer day.
Boulder Gardens (moderate to difficult / two to five hours)
A jumble of rocks, canyons and hoodoos on the back side of Babcock Mountain, wandering the “alien landscape” of Boulder Gardens feels like another world.
Monkman Cascades Trail (difficult / two days )
If you are an experienced backcountry hiker, this exhilarating 24 km/15 mi (one way) trek from the trailhead at Kinuseo Falls Campground to Monkman Lake rewards you with magnificent views of a seldom-seen wilderness in the heart of Monkman Provincial Park. Here lie the Cascades, a series of 10 waterfalls on Monkman Creek and truly a hidden wonder of British Columbia. An absolutely not-to-be-missed spectacle!
Wapiti Onion Trail (difficult / two days )
Another rigorous trek for experienced hikers, this 30 km/19 mi (one way) trail follows the Wapiti River, then climbs steeply through impressive scenery to Onion Lake, which can be used as a base camp to explore the surrounding peaks.
Monkman Pass Memorial Trail Hiking Route (difficult / six days)
A magnificent new hiking destination that includes major waterfalls and rivers, lakes, temperate boreal forest, alpine meadows and optional summits, this 63 km (39 mi) challenge leads through remote, untouched mountain terrain suffused with inspiring, tangible history. The fascinating story of the restoration of this area is described in detail in an 11-page, full-colour brochure available here or from the Tumbler Ridge Visitor Centre.
Monkman Provincial Park – Something for Everyone
Truly a wilderness jewel for those who appreciate glorious surroundings. This enchanting alpine park of rugged peaks and glacial lakes promises all levels of challenge for keen hikers. It's also a popular spot for camping, family fun, wildlife viewing and photography. Elk, deer, moose, mountain goats, Stone sheep, caribou, grizzly and black bears are sighted here.
For those with less time, a range of short walks lets you dip into the wilderness for a few hours. Don't rush, however, as Monkman is a place of stillness and beauty that should be savoured. Rich and exuberant nature, combined with calm, peace and serenity, make Monkman Provincial Park a place to spend at least a day.
The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation’s Dinosaur Trackway Tours are a good way to get in some hiking while exploring the amazing local dinosaur discoveries. Tours are booked through the Peace Region Palaeontological Research Centre.
These are just a few suggestions out of the many hiking destinations in Tumbler Ridge. More useful information, an extensive photo gallery, and trail brochures (.pdf) with detailed maps and descriptions created by the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society (local outdoors club promoting non-motorized recreation) can be found on the group’s website.
Brochures are also available at the Tumbler Ridge Visitor Centre.
Dr Charles Helm, a founding member of the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society, has written an extremely informative book called Exploring Tumbler Ridge. All profits from the sale of this book go to related Tumbler Ridge projects.
I Had the 10 Essentials and Survived!
Many people who have an outdoor misadventure quickly point out that having and using the 10 essentials allowed them to survive. Are you prepared and equipped to spend the night outdoors if you get lost?
- Flashlight – spare batteries and bulb
- Fire-making kit – waterproof matches/lighter, fire starter/candle
- Signalling device – whistle or mirror to signal searchers if you become lost
- Extra food and water – 1 litre/person
- Extra clothing – rain, wind, water protection and toque
- Navigation/Communication aids – maps, compass, GPS, charts, cellular phone, hand-held radio (fully charged) and knowledge of how to use them
- First aid kit – know how to use it
- Emergency shelter – orange tarp or large orange garbage bag, which can also be used as signalling devices
- Pocket knife
- Sun protection – glasses, shirt, hat, sunscreen
Regardless of how easy or well-trodden a trail may seem, hiking presents potential risks of which all hikers should be aware. These basic rules of safety can help you to have the best experience possible.
Remember that your safety is your responsibility.
Never go walking alone. You don't have to be climbing a mountain to slip and become injured.
Plan, prepare and equip yourself adequately before you set off. Stop in at the Visitor Centre for trail brochures and advice from people who know the area you're planning to hike or climb.
If you're starting out on an overnight hike or any backcountry walk, tell a friend, relative or hotel owner where you're going and when you plan to return. Seek advice first from the local experts on conditions, or ask at the Visitor Centre.
Stick to the track. Most trails are well marked, and detailed brochures are available from the Visitor Centre. A compass – and a knowledge of how to use it – is also useful.
Sudden weather changes can occur anywhere and at any time. In mountain areas, a sunny day can turn cold quickly, and a sudden downpour can leave you soaking wet and at risk of hypothermia. Always carry both warm and waterproof gear, even if good weather is forecast, and seek local advice on weather conditions before heading out.
Choose a trip that suits your skills, knowledge and experience. Be prepared to change your plans if necessary.
Dehydration is an issue in any climate. Always carry plenty of water with you. Some parks and trails have fresh-water sources, but if you plan to take water from streams, lakes or rivers, you must purify it, preferably by boiling (at least three minutes), or with chemical purifiers or a commercial filter.
Carry a sufficient amount of food and water for your hike, along with a portable cooker if you're staying out overnight. Lightweight, high-energy foods are best. There are no shops or cafés in our natural wilderness areas. Check the Camping section of this website for information on facilities in our Provincial Parks and wilderness areas.
Carry a mobile phone in a Ziploc plastic bag, but remember it probably won’t work in the mountains.
Hike comfortably. A lightweight backpack and sturdy, worn-in boots are the most important accessories. For overnight walks, a quality sleeping-bag and (if camping) a tent are also essential.
If lost, seek shelter and stay where you are. Use a flashlight or camera flash to attract attention at night. Wear something brightly coloured to aid searchers in finding you.
Tumbler Ridge's parks and wilderness areas offer the chance to enjoy an unspoiled landscape.
- If you discover what you think might be a fossil site, please report it to the Peace Regional Palaeontology Research Centre or the Tumbler Ridge Visitor Centre.
- Please do not take any plants or other natural resources from our beautiful outdoors.
- Hike and camp with consideration, leaving no trace of your visit.
- Do not bury litter or leave it lying around.
- Keep streams and lakes clean – avoid using soap or detergents.
- Take care with fires and observe fire bans.
- Leave wildlife undisturbed.
Our environment is precious – Please help us protect it for the future, while you enjoy it now.