How does a coal mining town that’s lost its coal mines stop itself from becoming a ghost town? Charles Helm of Tumbler Ridge has the answer…build hiking trails, uncover dinosaur bones and tourists will come. Or will they?
The town of Tumbler Ridge was built in the late 1980’s to support the opening of coal mines in northeastern British Columbia.
Tumbler Ridge and its infrastructure was built specifically to last 25 to 30 years because that would be the life of the mines.
But as CBC’s Brandy Yanchyk reports the residents are fighting to keep their town alive and are hoping that rebranding it as a tourist destination will be the ticket that will attract people to come.