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Dakota Ridge

Please visit our Facebook page for Dakota Ridge daily road updates and current trail conditions and Environment Canada for weather updates. Access to Dakota Ridge is limited to 4x4 vehicles with chains or use the shuttle service offered by Alpha Adventures or Mountain 2 Ocean Adventure Training .

Dakota Ridge offers world-class cross country skiing and snowshoeing on BC’s Sunshine Coast, and it is a 40-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.

Topping out at 1,200 metres, on a clear day the views from 20 kilometres of world class cross country ski trails (classic and skate) and 7 kilometres of snowshoe trails include the Salish Sea, the North Shore mountains and Mount Elphinstone. The trails wind through old growth forests and open areas in a beautiful subalpine setting.

Dakota Ridge is improving! Last season we developed 9 kilometres of new cross country ski trails and a newly refurbished warming hut and this season we've expanded the sledding hill.



Fees 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 Sechelt Aquatic Centre or at the Gibsons & Area Community Centre. Day passes can also be purchased at the Dakota Ridge trailhead once season begins (exact fee amount required) and at Alpha Adventures and Salty's Adventure Sports. 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 skier 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 of the other cross-country trails.


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 Jackrabbit 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 click here for a general volunteer application form or contact us at 604-885-6802 ext. 0 and we will notify you of opportunities as they arise.

Read about Peg Neilon's experiences with Dakota Ridge. Peg is a former Chair of the Dakota Ridge Advisory Committee and Tetrahedron Outdoor Club member.

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