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Dakota Ridge

The Sunshine Coast Regional District operates Dakota Ridge Winter Recreational Area for access to snowshoe trails and cross country skiing in the winter months on the Sunshine Coast.

With 20 kilometres of cross country skiing trails and 7 kilometres of snowshoes trails, beautiful views of the North Shore mountains, Mount Elphinstone and the Salish Sea are visible on a clear day. Dakota Ridge is a user pay system with onsite facilities that include a sledding area, a warming hut with wood stove and an outhouse.

Dakota Ridge Call for Volunteer Work Party
The SCRD is looking for enthusiastic individuals to assist in seasonal trail maintenance and clean-up of the Dakota Ridge Winter Recreation Area. The event will take place on Saturday, November 5, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Dakota Ridge Volunteer Trail Hosts
The SCRD is very excited about the upcoming Dakota Ridge winter season. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to assist as Dakota Ridge trail hosts for the 2016/2017 winter season. Trail hosts will be responsible for various tasks including providing information to the public, monitoring trails, shoveling accesses, and checking day passes. If you are interested, please join us at an information meeting on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the SCRD Office, 1975 Field Road, Sechelt.

For more information, please contact 604-885-6802 or

Visit our Facebook page for daily road updates and trail conditions, and Environment Canada for weather updates. Due to the nature of the road, access is restricted to four-wheel drive vehicles with chains or use the shuttle service offered by Alpha Adventures or Mountain 2 Ocean Adventure Training.



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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