Dakota Ridge Winter Recreation Access Road

Sunshine Coast Regional District

Sources of Funding
ICET:$234,608
Sunshine Coast Regional District:$220,000
Live Sites Grant:$271,391
WED:$40,050
Dakota Ridge Winter Recreation Society:$22,341
Teracen :$10,000
Other:$105,092
In Kind Contributions:$35,000
Total Budget: $938,482

Located on the Sunshine Coast, the Dakota Ridge area was a premier backcountry winter recreation asset. Unfortunately, access was a challenge, limiting the opportunities to market this unique backcountry area to a broader market.

To improve the access route leading to the Dakota Ridge parking lot, the final four kilometres of the route were widened and resurfaced. To improve water flow along the route, 25 culverts were installed, drainage ditches cleaned, and pullouts constructed. Daylighting was performed by forestry crews to improve visibility and traffic flow along the scenic drive.

Improving access to Dakota Ridge has enabled the Sunshine Coast region to market itself as a winter recreation destination, offering more than 20kms of set cross country ski trails, 8kms of snowshoeing trails as well as access to more rugged backcountry expeditions.  These facilities are now considered a winter season economic driver for the region, generating seasonal business for local bed and breakfasts, restaurants and sporting goods retailers as well as increased business opportunities for eco-tourism operators and transportation companies.  

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

2,600
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$230
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$49.1
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$50.9
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

185
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

150
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2017-18 Annual Report

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