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Winter Festivals & Events on the Sunshine Coast

Whether its cozying up by the fire with a hot drink or strapping on your snowshoes and hiking across pristine snow, the winter months are a time of festivities and celebrations of family, friends, a new year, and good cheer. 

Winter Lights at Sunshine Coast Botantical Garden
December 2016twinkle-lights1fb

Come see thousands of twinkly lights on display at the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden.  The magic of the lights will truly ignite your holiday season.  Post your wish on the wish tree and have a cup of warm apple cider. 5-8pm  throughout December, by donation.  5941 Mason Rd, Sechelt, BC.
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Dakota Ridge Opening Day
December 16, 2016 dakotaridge1fb

The much anticipated opening day of Dakota Ridge, the Sunshine Coast's world-class cross country ski and snowshoe haven, will be December 16, 2016. Topping out at 1,200 metres, enjoy views of the Salish Sea, North Shore mountains, and Vancouver Island as you wind through 20km of groomed and track set cross country ski trails and 7km of snowshoe trails.  More information.....


New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim
January 1, 2017fb


Celebrate the new year with an invigorating dip in the Pacific Ocean!  Polar Bear Swims are held in Gibsons Landing, Davis Bay, and Powell River's Willingdon Beach.

snow weddingInspirations Wedding Fair
January 21, 2017fbtwitter

The Sunshine Coast's newest and most exciting bridal show features a fasion show, amazing prizes, and more! You are invited to a fun, upbeat, awe inspiring event that will leave you full of ideas, with everything you need to turn those ideas into reality on your wedding day....with the best vendors the Sunshine Coast has to offer! Sechelt Indian Band Hall, 11-3pm.  Wedding fashion show, dress sale, and prizes over $2000.  Register now....

Sunshine Coast Loppet @ Dakota Ridgedakotaridgeski


February 4, 2017fbtwitter

The Sunshine Coast Loppet will be held at Dakota Ridge Winter Recreation Area on Saturday, February 4th, 2017. The parking area sits just above 1,000m and the trails top-out at 1,200m. On a clear day the views from the 20 km of world-class cross-country ski trails (classic and skate) include the Salish Sea and islands to the west, the North Shore mountains, and Mount Elphinstone. The trails wind through old growth forests and open areas in a beautiful sub-alpine setting. Click on the events for maps of the race courses. The courses are last year's and may change for the 2017 Loppet so please check closer to the event.  More information >  

Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Festival

February 18, 2017 fbBeerFest

We're bringing together 15 craft breweries, one distillery and one cidery in a tasting style event.  Participants will enjoy their choice of 4 oz samples of their favourite quaffable bevies to music from DJ Robbie Luv Dub.  Suds making you hungry?  Not to worry, there's food available on site from Emelle's bistro.  This year's festival is located at the newly rebuilt Gibsons Public Market and will be held in two separate services or "pourings".  Tickets can be purchased to either the early (1:00-4:00pm) or later (5:00pm-8:00pm) pouring.  The fun doesn't have to end there! -  walk or jump on a shuttle bus after 4:00pm to check out the Tap Takeovers hosted by some of our local pubs. Buy your tickets!

PRfilmfestPowell River Film Festival
February 15-19, 2017fbtwitter

The Powell River Film Festival runs each February, showcasing the latest independent documentaries, short films, and feature dramas.  In addition to the popular public program, we run film contests, prest the Adventures in Film Camp for 15-19 year olds with the local Rotary Club, and bring children to the theatre with our FOCUS: Media Arts for Schools program.  For more info, please visit or purchase tickets at the box office.

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