We made the plan to meet some friends over there, which always makes for a fun day. We were planning on heading over there on a Friday so with my Type A personality I felt the need to insure that we had a spot on the boat. We made a reservation through the BC Ferries website earlier in the week, which was a piece of cake.
The ride over to the Sunshine Coast is absolutely stunning! The mountains are a spectacle to behold, plus I love snooping at peoples’ properties along the way (don’t judge me, you know we all do it!) Side note, I would love to live on the water! In a short 40 min ferry ride over I was again disappointed that I hadn’t seen a whale or a dolphin. I was sure that when I got home that night and turned on the news there would be some story about dolphins or whales in the area, and sure enough there was!!
Once on the other side its a short 35 mins drive to Coast Gravity Park. You have to drive up Forrest Service Road, just so you are prepared. The road is well maintained so it’s not a hardship by any means. The cool part about CGP is that they only let so many riders ride per day so its best during the busy season to purchase your tickets online before you go. This is a great system because its never crazy busy up there. Its just the perfect amount of people.
Once there you have to check and sign waivers then off you go! The day we were there they had two shuttles running. I’m not too sure if that’s all they have on a regular basis, but it was more that enough and the waits were short. They also have a chef that comes up around lunchtime and prepares and sells food that is amazing looking and from what I heard from others it was delicious!! We didn’t know about this feature so we brought our own food.
The park hours are 10-4. Its best to check their website for which days that they are open I understand that it varies depending on the time of year.
My hubby and I had our trail bikes and had a great time riding there. Our son and his friend were more enduro and downhill. Honestly there were all types of bikes on the trailer that day (even a couple of hardtail die hards!) so you don’t have to feel like you have to have a downhill bike to ride the terrain. They have all sorts of trails for different abilities, so its definitely a fun place to go with the family, even if everyone is of a different ability like our family. Another one of the things that I enjoyed was that as a novice rider myself I never felt pressured by other riders, once at the top everyone disperses pretty quickly, so if you are not super confident you can let the truck load go ahead and enjoy your ride down without pressure. You all get spit out at the bottom so you its nearly impossible to loose your crew. As a parent of a kid who is a million times faster than me, I like that I can lay eyes on him more often.
If you’re not into riding and you are one of those wonderful parents who drive your child to do the things they love, you won’t be disappointed either. You can sit and watch the hum of riders while looking out over the water vistas while enjoying watching bald eagles catch the wind, it’s pretty magical!
The day was super fun, the trail maintenance was unreal! The crew up at Coast Gravity Park is definitely passionate about riding and making sure that those who come to ride have a great time.