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2015 Spring Events

Happy Spring!  It has been a little quiet lately on the blog, but we're back like the tulips and ready to talk spring happenings!  The Sunshine Coast is a place that prides itself on the "Art of Living Well".  What does living well mean to you? For many, exploring new athletic pursuits provides a healthy, fun challenge.  Check out this line up of great athletic events coming up soon:
Spring EventsApril Fools Run - April 12, 2015

Join a long-standing tradition and Run, Walk or Relay 13.1 miles / 21.1 km from Gibsons to Sechelt. The BMO April Fool’s Run offers a point-to-point, net downhill course with friendly West Coast hospitality, low entry fee, scenic route, finisher's medals and unique awards—all just a quick ferry ride or flight from Vancouver. Try your first half, go for a personal best or prepare for the BMO Vancouver Marathon or any other spring marathon. Discover BC's best-kept coastal secret at the 38th BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool's Run.
“It's the little half that rules — You just gotta run the Fool's!” Find us on Facebook.

Marathon Shuffle - April 26, 2015

Love trail running or just want a great hike with friends? Challenge yourself with a full 29km or a half 12km shuffle on the Sunshine Coast Trail. Enjoy old growth temperate rainforest and amazing ocean vistas. Register here

Mountain Grind - April 26, 2015

9km cross country obstacle course on the scenic Suncoaster Trail, showcasing fun, challenging obstacles for all fitness levels.  Do it for fun, or race the clock! The day prior, enjoy the Kickoff Party, bringing “The Grinders” together to enjoy dinner and drinks, a live DJ, vendors, and “Mini-Grinders” games and races for kids aged 5 to 12 . On race day, the event begins with breakfast at the Lions Park with live DJ. Setting out in waves, Mountain Grinders will challenge themselves in a chip-timed race through nature-influenced obstacles ... Race details

The Sunshine Coaster Bike Race -- May 2-3, 2015

The Sunshine Coaster is the ultimate kick off to the riding season. Whether you are a racer or simply a mountain biking enthusiast you will enjoy this race. Challenge your skills and join more than 200 riders in both XC and downhill mountain bike races.  If you enter the Downhill and Marathon XC both on the same bike you can win The Works! There's even a "Under 12" and "Run Bike" Race this event for the entire Family! Race details

We love hearing about your adventures on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram, too! Get outside, get active, and enjoy everything the beautiful Sunshine Coast has to offer!  Tag your travels-- #sunshinecoastbc.

52 Weeks of Trails - Week 52 - Blueberry Ski Trail at Dakota Ridge

Here we are, the final week of 2014.  Over this past year, we've shared with you a different trail every week; hiking, biking, snowshoeing, skiing, and even some paddling "trails".  From the southern shores of Gambier Island to the northern tip of Sarah Point, we have explored the Sunshine Coast quite well.  The fascinating thing about writing this has been realizing-- there are SO.MANY.TRAILS!  We could probably write another 52 weeks worth of trails and we still would not even come close to covering them all.  Overall, we have thoroughly enjoyed sharing these trails with you - and we hope you will continue to enjoy getting outside on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.  Share your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and/or Instagram using #52weeksoftrails. 

So what's in store for 2015, you ask?  Its all about "The Art of Living Well".  Living well means different things to different people- it could mean a relaxing day at the spa, a browse through an art gallery, a family picnic at the beach, or running in the woods with your dog.  We'll share with you our different suggestions so you can perfect your very own art of living well.  Look for the first blog in the new year!


LENGTH & DIFFICULTY: 6.5 - 10 km | Moderate

Dakota Ridge is the winter gem of the Sunshine Coast. This winter recreation area sits 15 km above Wilson Creek (Sechelt) and offers world-class cross-country skiing and snowshoeing for all types of adventurers.

In early 2014, the new Blueberry Cross-Country Ski trail was added to the network at Dakota Ridge. The Blueberry Trail offers skiers incredible views and access to some spectacular terrain on Dakota Ridge. On clear days skiers will easily see great vistas of Panther Peak and other alpine peaks.

A key aspect to this trail is that it offers skiers a new longer distance loop at Dakota Ridge. When combined with the Squamish and Hemlock trails this now offers a 10 km longer loop. From the warming hut the trail can be skied in either direction- however we find that a counter clockwise loop works very well. Take the Squamish loop to the East and then link onto the Hemlock loop. Follow signage to access the Blueberry Trail. As you follow it you will have a few options to shorten the route – or follow its entire length for a great ski combined with great views back to the warming hut and washroom area. The trail descends as you get nearer to the hut, and you'll find it exciting as the trail veers around some corners.

Dakota Ridge offers amazing views of the Salish Sea, the North Shore Mountains and Mount Elphinstone. This new Blueberry trail will be a key route for the new Sunshine Coast Loppet being held on Dakota Ridge on January 31. A loppet is a fun day of recreational skiing and racing for all ages- including kids.
Rentals, lessons and guided tours for Dakota Ridge (ski and snowshoe) are offered by Alpha Adventures- conveniently located right at the base of the road in Wilson Creek. Transportation via self-guided tours is also available.

Alpha Adventures – Rentals, Lessons, Tours --

Sunshine Coast Loppet – Jan. 31, 2015 --

Information courtesy of Alpha Adventures.


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.

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52 Weeks of Trails - Week 51 - The Knuckleheads

In case you missed it, we've introduced our challenge to you for 2014-- 52 Weeks of Trails.  Each week we'll blog about a trail (hike, bike, snowshoe, and paddle!) and we hope you enjoy and share your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and/or Instagram using #52weeksoftrails.  Happy Trails!

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LENGTH & DIFFICULTY: 4km + | 2 hours minimum | Moderate

Where else can you snowshoe in fresh mountain powder in the morning, and play a round of golf in the afternoon? A true four-season destination, Powell River is home to the Knuckleheads, a winter recreation haven, perfect for skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling with two cabins available to warm yourself after a day of fun in the snow. Ascend & descend in one day, or spend the night in warmth in one of the cabins and go on day snowshoe excursions from there. Each cabin has a sleeping loft, pellet stove, picnic table, and a propane cook stove.

The elevation of the sub-alpine area of the Knuckleheads falls within the Coastal Snowbelt; snowfall usually begins at November and continues until May. Largely the area is on the north slope of the range and remains sheltered from the sun. Snow can stay on the ground until as late as June. Snow depth ranges from 10 feet to 16 feet around January.

This is a beautiful wilderness area where experienced people can find recreation that isn´t ´canned´, benefit from set ski trails and the comfort of warming huts.  The recreation area is approximately 3 miles by 2 miles (unofficial) of gently sloped terrain. The area is part of the provincial forest that is maintained as a working forest, a portion has been logged and replanted, the clear-cut areas and the old logging roads are very suitable for winter traveling on either skis or snowshoes.  Snowshoe equipment rentals are available in Powell River.

Information courtesy of Tourism Powell River.
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knuckleheads 4From Highway 101, make a turn onto Dixon Road and continue driving for 3 miles where you will make a turn at Lois Lake onto the MacMillan Bloedel Stillwater Mainline. After 7.5 miles of travel distance, look for the Tin Hat Junction - from there continuing past Horseshoe Creek, Freda Creek and at the 13 km mark turn left at the Third Lake Road Junction. On your right "A" branch will show up at about the 15 km mark. Continue your journey over a bridge for 1 km turning right onto "E" branch. Almost there, keep driving for 2 miles to the "E" branch and "E100" junction, stay right for 1 km to the gate. Park here and secure your vehicle.

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