The Tumbler Ridge Visitor Information Centre is open for the season. Doreen Younge, the new Tourism Coordinator for the District of Tumbler Ridge, and her Visitor Counselors, Megan and Shayna, are eager to help visitors and residents alike. The Centre is open seven days a week until September and the staff will be providing a variety of services. Once again they will be taking bookings for guided tours to the dinosaur trackways for your choice of two daytime tours and one lantern tour once the water levels recede to a safe level. New this year is riverboat tours provided by Rocky Mountain Trench Adventures. By mid-June the company is offering twice-daily tours to Kinuseo Falls, rain or shine, and tours can be booked through the Visitor Centre. Visitors planning to travel to the Northwest Territories are eligible to win a 1 carat diamond by registering for the ?Diamonds in the Rough? adventure program. For details and passports for the trip and for a complete list of other service providers in the Tumbler Ridge area, drop by the Centre. Don?t forget about Suzy and Johnny; regular updates on two orphaned grizzlies being released into the backcountry this summer will also be available.
The summer season starts with a number of events designed to encourage local residents to take advantage of activities offered in their own backyard and to support businesses in their community. The program, called ?Be a Tourist in Your Own Town? has been running for seven years and is now a month-long event. This year?s events kicked off on June 3 with Dr. Helm?s book launch and include a Visitor Centre BBQ, but you?ll have to do some paperwork for a free hotdog. And, if you want to try fishing, it?s free June 13 ? 15 in most of BC?s lakes and non-tidal streams, compliments of the Provincial Government. Watch for posters around town outlining all the activities in the community.
So, check out your Tourist Centre. The Tumbler Ridge Visitor Centre has an extensive supply of local, regional, and provincial information. New brochures include: 2008 Tumbler Ridge Visitors? Guide, the Monkman Pass Memorial Trail/Driving Tour, the Northern Dino Tour, The Deh Cho Travel Connection, and Dr. Helm?s new book, Exploring Tumbler Ridge, will also be available. The Centre is also an important place for feedback on your tourism experience. They would also like to encourage hikers to report back on trails and provide feedback; they want your comments on what?s great and what needs improvement. Drop by, say hello, and see what?s new.