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This Incredible BC Hike Has Dozens Of Tumbling Waterfalls And Dinosaur Tracks

Tumbler Ridge

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Once a sleepy coal-mining town, Tumbler Ridge is now the site of one of the world’s most important dinosaur discoveries.

Situated at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the area boats awe-inspiring beauty. What’s more, it is classified as a UNESCO Global Geopark, and is only one of two in Canada.

Of course, the Cretaceous-period fossils are an incredible draw to the region. The town museum showcases the first dinosaur footprint that was discovered by a local 9 year old boy in Flatbed Creek.

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In addition, a recent discovery illustrates how T-Rex trackways provide evidence that these formidable creatures hunted in packs.

As BC’s only vertebrate research centre, the The Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre was established in 2003 within the geopark to house the dinosaur bones.

The centre also offers educational tours that highlight a variety of significant finds, as well as their significance to the international community.

Tumbler Ridge Hiking

For hiking enthusiasts, the area has over 47 trails to explore that showcase a plethora of magnificent waterfalls.

While there are longer routes, the main falls is an easy 10-15 minute walk from the highway. From here, visitors may immerse themselves in the bottom of the waterfall, or further upstream for shallower slow moving pools.

With three provincial parks, including Monkman, Bearhole Lake, and Gwillim Lake, the area houses a diverse variety of flora and fauna. There is also a vast array of birdlife, and birdwatching is an extremely popular activity for many of its visitors.

Looking for more to explore? Check out these hikes under 2 km that even your lazy friends will love! Also, be sure to check out these hikes with refreshing lakes to dive into when you get hot.

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