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.  

2,580
person years employment created (construction phase)
50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together
$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated
2,615
post completion jobs created
$4.7
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested
$278
million leveraged into the region
$47.9
million disbursed
$49.7
million committed
170
economic development projects
130
projects completed
38%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities
50+
communities with ICET projects

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