Sitting as it does at the confluence of the Murray and Wolverine Rivers, Tumbler Ridge is surrounded by water. The many lakes and rivers in the area provide great paddling opportunities. The Murray River, which flows past town, is the premier river canoe trip. Flatwater paddlers have their choice of nearby lakes to explore, including Bearhole, Moose and Gwillim.
For adrenaline junkies looking for a heart-pounding experience with plenty of chutes and BC waterfalls, Northern British Columbia boasts some of the most spectacular and pristine wilderness rivers on Earth. Few sports can match the thrills, spills and challenges of whitewater kayaking. Good grade II/III whitewater paddling can be found on the Wolverine River and Flatbed Creek, both 10 minutes from Tumbler Ridge. Another popular put-in point is at East Pine Provincial Park, where the East Pine River flows into the Murray, 25 km (16 mi) east of Chetwynd.
Ready for an extraordinary paddling adventure? The Murray River Canoe Route is a five-day, grade II/III paddle from Kinuseo Falls to the Pine River (near Chetwynd), covering over 50 km (31 mi) of canoeing and sightseeing. For a shorter trip suitable for novice canoeists, the Murray River from Kinuseo Falls to Tumbler Ridge can be covered in a few hours or a few days, depending on where you put in and how fast you paddle. The continuing stretch down from Tumbler Ridge is a more serious two- or three-day remote trip, with no access points and several ledges and rapids. For all trips, you will need someone to drop you off and pick you up, or leave a vehicle at the end.