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Kicks to the incompetent gun owners who have fired their rifles across a mainline road uphill! This has happened twice in the last month (May 2015) while
Our forests and trails are a thing of natural beauty and wonder. I expect anyone making the effort to get all the way up to Big Fir would feel the same
Sprockids trail map with over 14 km (8.4 mi) of trails with jumps, downhill, teeter-bars and ramps.
A listing with descriptions of many of the Gibsons trails that you may enjoy hiking or biking.
Gibsons trails are great for hiking and biking, with many located in the Sprockids Bike Park.
Take Lee Road a couple kms (you will pass the trailhead for Pender Hill on your right as you go) and then left onto Milne Road. Park at the end before
Super fun hill climb with a few awesome descents. Head up Bogey to the top of close encounters drop down this super flowy trail and cross the sun coaster
Coast Gravity Park will formally open in the spring of 2015, but there will be special ride days starting early 2014.
Hotham Sound is a beautiful area to explore by boat or kayak. The area is somewhat protected and the water is considered to be some of the warmest in the area.
Sunshine Coast Trails Map store includes mobile apps, water-resistant paper maps and eBooks were created for those who want the information from the website in a format they are comfortable with.
With the BC Bike Race just days away from hitting the Sunshine Coast (next Tuesday) I thought I'd have a short question and answer session with Rod Camposano.
For those of you who don't know him, Rod is passionate about mountain biking and he is the course designer for the Sunshine Coast portion of the BC Bike Race.
The BC Bike Race brings riders from all over BC, Canada and the world to ride and race for seven days. It starts on Vancouver Island where they spend two days, then over to Powell River for a day, then Days 3 and 4 are spent here on the Sunshine Coast. Day 6 is Squamish and Day 7 Whistler.
Rod was kind enough to take a little time away from getting the race course ready to answer a few of my questions.
Why do you work so hard maintaining and creating new trails for the BC Bike Race every year?
We have a lot of trails on the coast and they all need maintaining but we try to get them done in the spring after the biggest storms (and before the Bike Race gets here). As for new trails, we have put in some links that were missing so the course flows a bit better.
Have you ever competed in the race yourself? What was the highlight?
No I have not competed although I have been able to ride Day 6 in Squamish a couple of times. These riders have put in a year of training to compete and most have never ridden our trails. They are on a pretty big high - it's fun chatting with them.
What is the best part of being involved in the race each year and designing the course?
Being involved with a big group that is so passionate about the sport.
What kind of changes have you got planned for the route this year?
Nothing for Day 4, but on Day 5 I have a new approach to the Roberts Creek trails that takes them through some very nice spots and it will be easier than last year.
Anything else you might like to comment on?
When it's done I get to ride my bike more!
Doriston is a small, boat access only community on the south shore of Sechelt Inlet about a 10 minute boat ride from Egmont.
News and events related to the trails on the Sunshine Coast.
Date: January 25th 2013
From: The Sunshine Coast Trails Society
Contact: Caroline Dépatie firstname.lastname@example.org 604.886.5389
Following in the footsteps of many BC communities, the Sunshine Coast Trails Society will be overseeing the process of completing a crown land recreational trail strategy over the next two years. The main goals of the written trail strategy are to create an inventory of crown land recreational trails and, through public consultation, identify main trail networks. The strategy is an important first step in identifying which trails the community sees as important and valuable recreational assets to protect, to manage and, to be considered in future forestry plans.
The first major funder to come forward to support the trail strategy initiative is the Sunshine Coast Community Forest (SCCF) with the amount of $22,000. The SCCF decision to fund the trail strategy initiative falls under its community objective of supporting outdoor recreation economic development. A 2007 study from the Mountain Bike Tourism Association found that trails in the Sea to Sky area generated $10.3 million in tourism economic revenue over a 3 month period (June to September). The SCTS is hoping that additional funders will support the project and applications are underway with the Sunshine Coast Regional District with the grant-in-aid program and the Western Canadian Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
The SCTS is a non-profit society whose membership includes various trail user groups and individual members. The purpose of the society is to facilitate the development and management of a sustainable trail network for the Lower Sunshine Coast for educational, recreational, economic, social and environmental benefit to the public, and to do so collaboratively through community partnerships. A recent initiative completed by the SCTS in affiliation with the District of Sechelt is the completion of the Chapman Creek portion of the Suncoaster Trail. As the plan for the strategy unfolds, the SCTS hopes that all trail users and stakeholders will participate in giving input that will shape the content of the document. Look for ads in the newspapers and announcements in community calendars for scheduled community meetings around the trail strategy. For more information contact email@example.com
Back in November I let you know about the release of the new iPhone app for Sunshine Coast Trails and at that time I was uncertain if and when we'd have one for Android phones. I'm happy to report that the app for Android phone users is now available!
You can find it at Google Play with the same name as the app for iPhones - Trailmapps: Sunshine Coast.
The maps are quite detailed and show contour lines, logging roads, streets, etc. Also, if your phone is capable and you are within range of GPS signals you can find out where you are and your elevation at that spot.
Here's a screen shot of the map for the West Sechelt area:
Would you like a hard copy of the information from this website?
I have created a paper map and two booklets:
Sunshine Coast Trail Map - a 17" X 22" water-resistant map of all the trails on the Sunshine Coast.
Sunshine Coast Trails - a compilation of all of the areas trail descriptions and maps.
Sunshine Coast Hikes and Bikes - some of my favourite routes.