Of 120 geological attractions around the world, two new locations in Canada have been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and one of those is located in the BC Peace. The town of Tumbler Ridge and the surrounding area entered into the Global Geopark Network in September of last year and has now been granted UNESCO Global Geopark status.
The community of less than 3-thousand people was built on coal in the 1980’s but has since become more known as a retirement and recreation community. It has also garnered a reputation as a promising location for paleontologic discoveries, including dinosaur tracks and bone beds with unusual features.
The Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark is one of only two in North America. The other park is Stonehammer in southern New Brunswick.
The new UNESCO label is governmental recognition of the importance of managing outstanding geological sites and landscapes like the one surrounding Tumbler Ridge.