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Dakota Ridge

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to assist as Dakota Ridge trail hosts for the 2018/2019 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 Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the SCRD Office, 1975 Field Road, Sechelt. If you would like to volunteer but are unable to attend the meeting, or require additional information, please contact 604-885-6802 or


Visit our Facebook page for regular 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.

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.

Dakota Ridge is a 1,532 acre plateau featuring 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 too. The trails wind through old growth forests and open areas in a beautiful subalpine setting. Topping out at 1,200 metres, amazing views of the Coast Mountains, Vancouver Island, and Salish Sea, capture the magic of the Sunshine Coast. 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 rates

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 B.C. New agreements are in progress.


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 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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