I am fortunate to live near one of the best-kept secrets in Canada! Sun Peaks Resort, a four-season community near Kamloops, BC, is a great location for a getaway. Whether you ski, snowboard, mountain bike, or are a wine and spa connoisseur, there’s something for everyone. This second largest ski area in Canada was recently voted one of the top 3 in North America for UK residents…and I live so close…yeah!
It is an easy drive up to the mountain and the roads are well-maintained in the winter and even nicer in the summer with minimal traffic.
What to do
Walking through the village, I enjoy hearing the mix of accents and meeting people from all over the world who have come to enjoy our little piece of paradise. From families to girlfriend getaways, to weddings and daytrippers like me, Sun Peaks is for everyone. When you’d like a bit of a break from the slopes you can hire a babysitter from a local company to watch your kids then venture out for dog-sledding, have a massage, go to yoga, have your hair done, or spend the afternoon relaxing. For those lazy evenings curled up by the fire in your suite or rental home, you can have your groceries delivered or even book a caterer or personal chef to make a delicious meal for you and your family. Are you ready for a visit yet?
Next time I’d like to go out to McGillivray Lake and enjoy some lake time — kayaking or canoeing — while I’m there.
“This year we were thrilled to be named in National Geographic’s Best Winter Trips of 2019 article, a testament to our terrain and conditions, and overall village vibe and amenities.” ~ Sun Peaks Resort
With the addition of two new ski areas in the past five to ten years and many additions and improvements throughout the village, Sun Peaks continues to prove that this destination is a premier resort in Canada. The snow is light and fluffy, and in my opinion, the best in BC. The three ski areas, Tod, Sundance, and Morrisey, are accessible from the village, so I’ve skied all three on the same day. Sometimes in the spring, I have skied in the morning then drove to Kamloops and golfed for the afternoon. Can it get any better?
This isn’t just a winter resort. In the summertime, we bring our bikes up and ride on trails out to McGillivray Lake where there are canoe and kayak rentals. Twenty years ago, the bike park at Sun Peaks was opened. Yes, I remember this and have watched many races on the trails! I’m also a golfer and enjoy golfing at BC’s highest elevation course. It is a challenging 18-hole course and the views are breathtaking.
I’m looking forward to some new events this year, such as the Sun Peaks Wine & Food Festival in March. There are always concerts in the summertime, wine festivals, and more seasonal celebrations. Check their website for the complete list of events!
Where to stay
There is an abundance of accommodations with almost anything you want, from hotels to vacation homes with slopeside hot tubs. I’ve stayed in both and believe me, hot tubs are required after a day on the slopes. One of my favourite places to stay is the Sun Peaks Grand. There are regular hotel rooms as well as the apartment-style residences, which are perfect for families. I like that there is a full kitchen and also laundry right in the suite and I was able to wash my clothes right after horseback riding then curl up in front of the fireplace.
Where to eat
You can find more than 20 places to eat at Sun Peaks for almost every taste and budget. Walking through the village, you can stop for a slice of pizza, some sushi, sandwiches, wings, salads, and of course, a big steak. Catering/personal chefs and grocery delivery services are also available. Morrisey’s Pub and Mantles Restaurant and Lounge at The Grand have always been favourites of mine. The staff are friendly and professional.
In the summertime, I buy fruit and vegetables from the Market Day, as well as fresh honey and different types of jams, and of course, fresh bread! This helps keep the expenses down especially when I visit the mountain often.
How to get here
Sun Peaks is located near Kamloops, a transportation hub in British Columbia. Just a 4-hour drive from Vancouver , you can easily drive or fly into Kamloops and take one of the airport shuttles or rent a car and drive up to the mountain resort in under 40 minutes. You can resort-hop using the inter-resort shuttle and visit other resorts such as Whistler Blackcomb, Silver Star, Big White, Revelstoke, and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing.