Tumbler Ridge Townsite 1983


We thought our readers might be interested in this glimpse into Tumbler Ridge?s past.

Gary Kerr took this photo in 1983 during the Tumbler Ridge townsite construction phase.

Town Hall is in the background, and Front Street is in the foreground.

Previously home only to grizzly and black bear, the 1.5 billion dollar northeast coal project changed the wilderness into that rarity, a new town in one of the richest coalfields in the world.

Tumbler Ridge is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Today?s residents enjoy the care and thought that went into carving a new community out of the heart of the forest.

Conceptual designs for a new townsite were solicited, and the winning design incorporated features not commonly seen in Canada.

For example, we have no back lanes; our subdivisions are linked by walking paths, which were intended to link each section of town with the other, and, it was felt, that would promote a sense of community spirit.

Our rush hours might be six cars at the

same intersection.

It is five minutes from anywhere to go home for lunch.

Home ownership here also has its moments; for example, all the shingles on the roofs started curling up at approximately the same time.

Builders installed 25-year shingles, and it has been, well, 25 years.

Roofs and shingles aside, we are fortunate indeed to live in one of the prettiest places in the country.