2012-Visit the Tumbler Ridge Museum to fall back in time. After two boys discovered a dinosaur trackway along the bedrock in Flatbed Creek in 2001, Tumbler Ridge made national headlines for having the first ever footprints and bone discovered together in the same rock layer. Dr. Rich McCrea arrived on the scene after the reports about the discoveries were made, and has continued to make fossil, footprint, and bone discoveries in the region. With his discoveries and the abundance of palaeontological artifacts in the area, he helped to establish the Tumble Ridge Museum Foundation and the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre.
The Museum has become world-famous for the displays that can be found in the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery. One of British Columbia's best-kept secrets is the massive fossil record of Triassic marine fish and reptiles from this region. The museum has enriched the experience of visitors by expanding its product offerings to tours, summer camps, educational experiences and more.
In 2009, the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation received funding through the Government of Canada's Community Adjustment Fund, delivered by Northern Development, to support an increase in staff and maintenance in order to expand the museum and its services. The funding and completion of the museum exhibits will allow for a significant expansion of the educational and interpretive programs which serve as tourist attractions and revenue generators. The ability to achieve growth at a quick rate will allow researchers to continue making significant discoveries, such as the recent discovery of the first ever intact fossil found in BC.
This project is part of a multi-year expansion that has been supported through two additional investments by Northern Development for Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation projects:
The expansion of the staffing and operations at the museum through this economic stimulus investment have provided immediate job creation and positive economic spin-offs in Tumbler Ridge. The additional capacity has helped to attract tourist and school groups to visit the museum and utilize the education and guided tour programs. The expansion is provide the community of Tumbler Ridge and the Peace Region with economic diversity. The increased tourism provided by the museum will act as a catalyst for adventure tour operators and stimulate expansion of services within the area.