From its humble beginnings in the early sixties with a single chairlift on Tod Mountain, Sun Peaks has grown and spread to become the world class resort it is now. It still remains a friendly, laidback place to visit, whether you come for the excellent skiing and winter sports or during the beautiful sunny summer months.
The European-style village has a charming, comfortable feel, and from the moment you arrive you will relax into the gentle pace of life. With a good selection of boutique shops and restaurants as well as lively pubs and evening entertainment, everything is within easy reach. There is a wide range of food available from hearty burgers and steaks to light Mediterranean dishes and even sushi. Much of the menus comprise fresh, locally sourced produce, such as cheeses from the Okanagan Valley, meat from local ranches and delicious scallops from Qualicum Beach. Also in the village is a sports centre with an outdoor heated pool open all year round, seasonal summer courts and several relaxing spas with all kinds of treatments and therapies.
When you’re ready to get out on the mountain, it couldn’t be easier. During the winter months the resort is ski-in ski-out, meaning you can glide from your hotel straight to the lifts and slopes. The resort boasts over 3600 acres of varied terrain over three mountains, from great family-friendly nursery slopes to challenging runs through glades and bowls. The passionate instructors are also on hand for lessons in many different skills, whether you’re a complete beginner or would like to improve your technique. Aside from the excellent skiing, there are plenty of other winter activities to amuse you, from thrilling dog sled tours to cosy horse drawn carriage rides. Ice skate on an outdoor rink or strap on the snowshoes and stomp through the serene backcountry trails. The resort also offers a fantastic ‘snow limo’ tour, making the skiing experience accessible to all as you cruise down the slopes on a chauffeur-driven comfortable seat. Great for those unable to ski, for beginners to get a taste of the higher slopes, or simply for those wanting a rest!
During the summer, Sun Peaks is bathed in glorious sunshine and its mountains come alive with colourful slopes of alpine flowers and wildlife of all kinds, from red squirrels and chipmunks to black bears and moose. With hiking and biking trails leaving from the village or from the peaks via the lifts, and the opportunity to head into the hills on horseback, you can easily spend your whole holiday exploring the mountains. There are two lakes within half an hours’ drive of the resort where you can kayak, take a traditional Voyager canoe tour, or learn the peaceful art of stand up paddleboarding on the twinkling waters.
Sun Peaks is a great resort for families, with activities and events to keep everyone happy. Kids (and their parents…) will love the winter tube park, the bungee trampoline and the activities at the kids’ centre, and everyone can enjoy taking part in workshops and seminars in the Art Zone. There are plenty of fun festivals, from food and drink celebrations to live music and summer Farmers’ Markets. For a day trip away from the resort, jump on the shuttle bus to Kamloops for a spot of shopping and sightseeing or fly through the treetops on the ziplines at Chase Canyon. However you decide to spend your days, whatever time of year you visit, you will find a great range of activities and great places to relax at Sun Peaks Resort.
Things to do
Top tips for visiting Sun Peaks
Top Tip 1
• If you are coming to ski, you won’t be disappointed. For a real treat, buy a first tracks ticket and set your alarm to get up and out onto the pristine slopes in the early hours. You’ll be enjoying your hearty breakfast at the Sunburst Mid-Mountain Restaurant before the first skiers emerge.
Top Tip 2
• Canada’s Olympic champion, Nancy Greene, makes Sun Peaks her winter home and can be regularly spotted out on the slopes. Book a tour and she will give you her personal attention, knowledge and expertise, taking you to runs and slopes you may never have discovered on your own. Drop by her lodge in the village to see her many medals and memorabilia.
Top Tip 3
• Visit during the Alpine Blossom Festival at the end of August and make the most of the many nature tours, wildlife walks, delicious afternoon teas and tasty mountain-top barbecues.
Top Tip 4
• One of the newest summer attractions is the Mountain Cross Carts which zoom down the winding downhill courses at thrilling speeds. And with the platter lift to take you back to the top, you can enjoy the descent even more.
Top Tip 5
• After a tiring day on the mountain head to Masa’s Bar & Grill which offers regular entertainment including live bands, stand up and entertainers alongside a great menu of hearty pub grub.
Top Tip 6
• If you are feeling energetic, join a Nordic Pole Walk with an instructor and explore the valley trails while learning this new walking technique which is fantastic exercise, stretching muscles you never knew you had!
Top Tip 7
• If you are travelling with teens during the winter, send them off to the Mascon Hangout in the Sports Centre which has Xbox and Wii games as well as movies.
Top Tip 8
• For a change of scene during the warm summer months, head to McGillivray Lake and hire a canoe to explore the picturesque scenery, enveloped in a serene tranquillity that cannot fail to soothe and relax you.
Top Tip 9
• If you need a quick bite between activities, pop into MHP (Mountain High Pizza) and pick up a delicious slice of fresh pizza, or visit Bolacco for the best coffee in town, not to mention some mouth-watering sandwiches and pastries.