Dakota Ridge Winter recreation area
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Unfortunately there is not enough snow to open Dakota Ridge at this time. The gate and facility will remain closed until conditions change. We encourage people to stay off the trails and access roads during this time due to the anticipated heavy rains. For regular updates, please check our Facebook page.
The Sunshine Coast Regional District operates Dakota Ridge winter recreational area a 1,532 acre plateau that features 20 kilometres of world class cross country ski trails (classic and skate), 4 kilometres of groomed snowshoe trails, 3 kilometres of wilderness snowshoe trails, and a sledding area.
The trails wind through old growth forests and open areas in a subalpine setting. Topping out at 1,200 metres, the facility offers amazing views of the Coast Mountains, Vancouver Island, and Salish Sea.
Our Facebook page features updates on road and trail conditions. For weather information you can visit Environment Canada. Due to the nature of the road to Dakota Ridge, access is restricted to four-wheel drive vehicles with chains or you can use the shuttle service offered by Alpha Adventures.
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Rates for the ski and snowshoe trails help to pay a portion of the cost of maintaining the trails, road and facilities. Season passes and day passes can be purchased at the Gibsons & Area Community Centre. You can also purchase your season pass at the Sechelt Aquatic Centre, or Pender Harbour Aquatic & Fitness Centre and pick it up one week after purchase at those facilities. Day passes can also be purchased at the Dakota Ridge trailhead once season begins (exact fee amount required).
We offer reciprocal passes with other winter recreation facilities in BC.
Dakota Ridge is a user pay system with onsite facilities that include a warming hut with fireplace and an outhouse with an ecologically sound holding tank. A trail map is located at the trailhead. The area is patrolled during weekends by volunteer trail hosts who are available to answer questions, monitor trails, and help ensure user safety.
Dakota Ridge is a wilderness area with varying weather conditions, visitors should be prepared for winter weather. Garbage facilities are not available on site, so please pack your garbage out with you. With the exception of the Sechelt Main cross-country ski trail, dogs are not allowed on any other cross-country ski trails. Dogs are permitted on snowshoe trails and must be under control at all times.
Dakota Ridge is located at the end of Field Road in Wilson Creek on the Sunshine Coast. The main parking lot is located at the trailhead, 14 kilometres up the forest service road. The access road is plowed on a regular basis, however, winter conditions should be expected on the road. Due to the nature of the road, access is restricted to four-wheel drive vehicles with chains. All terrain vehicles are not permitted in Dakota Ridge.
Directions to Dakota Ridge FROM GIBSONS
Directions to Dakota Ridge FROM SECHELT
A number of businesses on the Sunshine Coast offer equipment rentals and lessons. Please check in the Sunshine Coast Yellow Pages or search the internet for business locations. The Dakota Ridge Nordics Ski Program is a fun way for kids to learn basic cross-country ski skills.
Dakota Ridge would not be possible without the help of volunteers. If you wish to volunteer please complete the volunteer application form or contact us at 604-885-6802.
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