Recreational opportunities are second to none on the Sunshine Coast, especially for the outdoor enthusiast. Boaters, paddlers, fishers and divers enjoy over 800 kilometres of coastline with secret waterways, island archipelagos and deep sounds (fjords). Visitors are also surprised at the number and quality of freshwater lakes. Our many Provincial Parks, Marine Parks and day use areas make our ocean side and lakeshores places for families to enjoy.
The coast is becoming known for its unparalleled mountain biking, with two major local bike races and is a favourite feature of the annual BC Bike Race participants. The slopes of Mount Elphinstone are networked with trails, including those at Sprockids Mountain Bike Park, minutes from the Langdale ferry terminal, and day-accessible from Vancouver. Now drawing international attention, Coast Gravity Park in Sechelt is open year-round. Its MBX trails (marked for beginners through Pro) feature challenging jumps and rides with breathtaking views of Porpoise Bay and forest vistas.
There are also hundreds of kilometres of hiking trails on the Sunshine Coast. Three major parks (Tetrahedron, Mt. Richardson and Spipiyus) offer back country hiking, and dozens of shorter trails lead to panoramic lookouts, waterfalls, lakes, wetlands and a variety of marine and rainforest ecosystems. In winter, Dakota Ridge is a dedicated Nordic and snowshoeing facility.
For more information on other recreation opportunities, venues and events see Recreation Facilities.
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