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Sunshine coast residents enjoy amenities

Sunshine coast residents enjoy amenities

No matter what the weather is during the winter, Sunshine Coast residents are really good at getting outside to enjoy the incredible amenities on offer. This winter it seems more and more people are looking for outdoor recreation, especially as COVID-19 continues to put travel plans on hold for many people.
Our recreation facilities, parks and trails are incredibly important for a healthy, vibrant community and during the winter months, Dakota Ridge is an ideal winter destination for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding.
Dakota Ridge is always busy in the winter, especially during the holiday break, but this season, partly due to the pandemic, the facility saw a 68 percent increase in sales of season passes over last year’s season, especially for families.
Visitors will find a 620-hectare (1,532 acres) plateau, featuring 20 kilometres of world-class cross country ski trails (classic and skate), four kilometres of groomed snowshoe trails, three kilometres of wilderness snowshoe trails, and a family-friendly sledding area
The area tops out at 1,200 metres and is beautifully surrounded by old-growth hemlock, balsam and yellow cedar trees. While you’re up there, don’t forget to take in the incredible views of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the North Shore mountains.
Then there’s the snow. Contrary to its name, the Sunshine Coast receives as much precipitation as anywhere else on BC’s coast, meaning epic snowpacks during some winters.
Although the 14-kilometre road to Dakota Ridge is plowed regularly, four-wheel-drive vehicles with chains are always recommended. For your convenience and peace of mind, regular snow and road condition updates are posted on the Dakota Ridge Facebook page.
Once visitors arrive, they can be assured that COVID-19 safety precautions have been put in place this season. For example, the warming hut now has a limit of five people, and visitors are being asked to limit their time in the hut during busy times and consider using a vehicle as an alternative to the warming hut if needed.
On behalf of the SCRD board of directors, I invite you to take some time to explore Dakota Ridge and all our outdoor recreation opportunities available within our region. While doing so, please remember to practice physical distancing (staying two metres apart), and if you are feeling sick, please stay home.

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