The weather’s getting warmer, classes are ending, and you’re counting your vacation days… which only means one thing, it’s time for an unforgettable summer adventure! While most summer destinations will be overloaded with tourists and have ridiculously inflated prices, we’ve found an undiscovered mountain escape that offers the perfect retreat for travelers of all ages.
Only 45 minutes north of Kamloops, Sun Peaks Resort is the epitome of British Columbian beauty. You’ll be surrounded by the best of nature as you choose from a nearly endless list of activities. Its compact size means you don’t need a car and if you’re bringing little ones, they can easily get from one place to another without their legs getting tired. We can’t possibly include all the great stuff about this resort, but here are a few reasons why you should visit Sun Peaks this summer.
1. Alpine Hiking
There’s no better time to hike here than during the alpine blossom season, between mid-July and mid-August. The wildflowers paint the meadows a variety of colors and make for great photos ops.
Some choose to start their hike right in the village, but you also have the option of taking the Sunburst chairlift more than 6,000 feet above sea level and starting your adventure from mid-mountain. There are 16 trails to choose from with difficulty levels ranging from beginner casual strolls to advanced alpine summits. No matter which trail you choose, the panoramic views are to die for.
2. Alpine Sightseeing
If you’re not into hiking, but still want to enjoy the mountaintop scenery, take the Sunburst chairlift to the same mid-mountain point and take a leisurely walk around the area. It’s a perfect place to bring a picnic lunch or you can even chill out on the patio of the Sunburst Lodge. For an easy walk with lovely vistas, check out the #1 Vista Trail, it’s a 1.3-kilometer walk that’s perfect for people of all ages.
3. Mountain Biking
Renowned for its downhill racing history, Sun Peaks is the perfect place for bike lovers. The bike park has 40 distinct trails, with lift access, and a dirt jump park. With an extensive network of downhill and cross country biking trails, there’s literally something for every age and skill level. They even offer camps, lessons, and tours.
If you want to make sure you’re here for their amazing biking events, this year Sun Peaks is hosting the 2018 BC Downhill Championships and BC Cup from July 7 – July 8, and their annual Peaks Pedal Fest is happening Labour Day weekend, from September 1 – September 3.
Sitting at almost 4,000 feet above sea level and offering beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, Sun Peaks’ 18-hole par 72 Graham Cooke course is British Columbia’s highest and most beautiful golf course.
Every level of golfer can look like a pro as the ball flies further here because of the elevation. Along with the course, you can take advantage of private or group lessons as well as their weekly specials like unlimited golfing, ladies night, kids golf for free, and more. Golfing at Sun Peaks is a fun experience for the whole family.
5. Canoeing or Paddle Boarding
What’s a summer vacation without being on the water? Canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, and kayaking are the perfect ways to relax while getting in some fitness time too. You’ll glide through pristine lakes like McGillivray and Heffley while getting glimpses of local wildlife, birds, and fish.
You can rent your own kayak or canoe for a few hours, or you can go on a 90-minute tour through local lakes in an authentic voyageur canoe. If you’d prefer to go paddle boarding, you can sign up for a private lesson or join one of their daily group sessions.
6. Concerts & Events
Fun defines the summer in Sun Peaks. There’s always an event going on or coming up. Here are some of the epic events planned for this summer…
Sun Peaks Market Day | June 17 (and every Sunday until September 2)
Get to know local artisans, farmers, and ranchers while you browse through meats, fruits, vegetables, seafood, crafts, beauty products, and more. There will also be live music and an educational speaker, with different topics being covered every week.
Canada Day Weekend | June 30 – July 1
Enjoy food, crafts, games, live music, and more throughout this family-friendly weekend. Live music will be played throughout June 30, and the evening will be highlighted by a free Big Sugar concert, an amazing Canadian electric rock group. Take advantage of the Mountain of Beer and Chili Cook-Off where you can sample delicious house-made chili and signature beers. There will also be a lobster fest to celebrate the national holiday.
Family Weeks | July 16 – August 10 (Monday – Friday)
Free kid-friendly events define Family Weeks. Activities include everything from pony rides and cookie decorating to family art classes and jumping on the bungee trampoline.
Retro Concert Weekend | August 10 – August 12
One of the most popular events in Sun Peaks. Get ready to dance to the music of five tribute bands throughout the weekend. This year is the 9th annual concert and AC/DC and The Beatles are among some of the performers that will be honored.
The outdoors of Sun Peaks are as close to perfect as you can get. When you’re not basking in the sun, take your pick from more than 20 eateries / après-spots or indulge in some retail therapy or spa and wellness time. If you’re ready to get out and bond with nature, there’s no better place to be this summer than Sun Peaks.