Sun Peaks Resort is one of British Columbia's (BC) best winter and summer sports resorts. It is located 45 minutes north of Kamloops, BC, and about five hours by car (40 minutes by plane) north of Vancouver, BC. Sun Peaks is one of the top destinations for a weekend getaway from Vancouver.
Though it's most famous for its winter snow sports—a 2014 Condé Nast Traveler Poll rated Sun Peaks one of the "Top 10 Family Ski Resorts in North America," and in 2017 the UK's Telegraph newspaper named it the "Best for Beginners."
There are lots of things to do in Sun Peaks in summer, too. Ski and snow sports run from November to April; summer sports run from July to October and include mountain biking, golf, canoeing, and alpine hiking.
Nestled in the valley between three mountains—Tod Mountain, Sundance and Mt. Morrisey—the heart of Sun Peaks Resort is the Sun Peaks Village. The village is a charming, European-style village that houses the majority of Sun Peaks accommodations, restaurants, and shops, and allows for super-quick access to all the resort's sports. In winter, there is ski-to-door access to the hotels and lodges; in summer, you can literally walk across the street to the golf course.
The Sun Peaks Village includes several fabulous restaurants. Well-loved favorites include Mantles Restaurant & Lounge (try the Chicken Curry!) and the popular Wiener Schnitzel and Beef Stroganoff at Powder Hounds. You'll find everything from sushi to steakhouses here, so there are options for every palate and budget.
The Village is very safe for kids and extremely dog-friendly, too!
Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Sports
One of BC's top ski resorts, and one of the best places to ski and snowboard near Vancouver, Sun Peaks is a stand-out for winter sports. Unlike über-popular destinations like Whistler, Sun Peaks has no wait times for lifts, even at the height of the season!
Sun Peaks is also ideal for all skill levels: there are beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails on each mountain. Even the beginner trails are high enough to boast amazing panoramic views.
Winter sports at Sun Peaks include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing, and ice skating. Family-friendly winter activities can be found throughout the resort, with lessons available for beginners.
The Sun Peaks/Kamloops area of BC is well-known to golfers: Kamloops (45 minutes south of Sun Peaks) is one of the most rapidly-growing golf destinations in the province. Combine a trip to Sun Peaks and Kamloops, and you have an ideal (and affordable) golf vacation.
At 1,200 meters above sea level, Sun Peaks' golf course is BC's highest elevation course. Idyllically situated in the valley between the mountains, this challenging 18-hole par 72 Graham Cooke course is almost like two courses in one: the front nine are decidedly different from the back nine, where the elevation is higher.
Mountain biking is extremely popular in Vancouver and throughout BC, but finding ideal mountain biking conditions isn't easy. One of the best things to do at Sun Peaks in the summer months is downhill mountain biking. Sun Peaks has 2,000 vertical feet of lift-accessed terrain, no lift wait times, 29 distinct trails, and gorgeous alpine blossoms to add to the dramatic downhill scenery.
Getting to Sun Peaks, BC
Because Sun Peaks Resort is all-inclusive, there's no reason to bring your car—unless you want to drive. Sun Peaks is about a five-hour drive from Vancouver, BC, or a short, 40-minute plane ride (to Kamloops Airport). If you can afford the plane, it's the way to go. Not only is it faster and more convenient, if you fly on a sunny day you can enjoy the amazing aerial scenery of interior BC!
Easy access by plane is one of the many reasons Sun Peaks is a top weekend getaway from Vancouver. Long weekends are a popular time to visit but going mid-week and towards the beginning of or the end of the summer/winter seasons can help you bag a bargain break away.