5 Best Things to Do at Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia

Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia, Canada

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One of British Columbia's best winter and summer destinations, Sun Peaks Resort is located just a 45-minute drive from Kamloops. It's also about a five-hour drive from Vancouver—or a 40-minute plane ride from Vancouver if you'd prefer to enjoy views of the landscape from above—making it an ideal place to plan a weekend getaway whether you're traveling solo, with your loved one, or have the whole family in tow.

Though the all-inclusive resort is perhaps most famous for its winter sports opportunities, there are plenty of things to do here during the summer months as well. Skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports typically run from November to April, while summer sports including mountain biking, golfing, canoeing, and alpine hiking are popular from July to October. Long weekends are a busy time to visit but going mid-week and toward the beginning or end of the summer or winter seasons can help you bag a bargain. Here's how to make the most of your time there, no matter what time of year you plan to visit this part of Canada.

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Pamper Yourself Après-ski

A woman at Sun Peaks Spa

Sun Peaks Spa

Address
3270 Creekside Way, Sun Peaks, BC V0E 5N0, Canada
Phone +1 250-578-0086

When it comes to keeping up with health and wellness while you're on vacation, Sun Peaks Resort has got you covered. Between its mobile massage service, Hands on the Move, and all the luxurious and relaxing treatments that are available from the Sun Peaks Spa, Sun Peaks Massage Therapy, West Pine Massage & Wellness, and Vital Point Acupuncture & Massage, it's safe to say your achy muscles will be in good hands after a long day on the mountain.

For those who enjoy working out while traveling, head to the resort's state-of-the-art fitness facility to take on the cardio machines, lift free weights, try an exercise class, or work with a personal trainer. Nearby, Sun Peaks Yoga offers a wide range of sessions designed to let you unwind and take a well-deserved breath.

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Spend Time Exploring Sun Peaks Village

Sun Peaks Village

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Address
Village Way, Thompson-Nicola, BC V0E 5N0, Canada

Nestled in the valley between three mountains—Tod Mountain, Sundance and Mt. Morrisey—the beating heart of Sun Peaks Resort is Sun Peaks Village, a charming European-style neighborhood that houses the majority of Sun Peaks Resort's accommodations, restaurants, and shops, and allows for quick access to all its sporting activities. In the winter, you'll find ski-to-door access to its hotels and lodges, while during the summer, you can literally walk across the street to the resort's excellent golf course.

Sun Peaks Village is home to a number of fabulous restaurants, including Mantles Restaurant & Lounge, which serves up a delicious chicken curry, and the ever-popular Powder Hounds, well-known and loved for its wiener schnitzel and beef stroganoff dishes. You'll find everything from sushi to steakhouses here as well, with a variety of options meant to suit every taste and budget. Sun Peaks Village is also very safe for kids and is extremely dog-friendly if you've got the entire family along for the ride.

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Try Skiing, Snowboarding, and Other Winter Activities

Sun Peaks skiing in winter

Sun Peaks Resort

Address
1280 Alpine Road, Sun Peaks, BC V0E 5N0, Canada
Phone +1 250-578-7222

One of British Columbia's top ski resorts as well as being one of the best places to ski and snowboard near Vancouver, Sun Peaks Resort is a stand-out when it comes to winter sports.

Unlike über-popular destinations such as Whistler, Sun Peaks never has a wait time for lifts, even at the height of the season. The Canadian ski resort is also an ideal destination for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels, as there are a number of beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails on each mountain. And even the beginner trails are high enough to boast amazing panoramic views.

Winter sports at Sun Peaks Resort include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing, and ice skating. A number of family-friendly winter activities can also be found throughout the resort, with lessons available for those considered to be beginners so no one ever feels left out.

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Hit the Links

Kamloops

Sun Peaks Resort

Address
1280 Alpine Road, Sun Peaks, BC V0E 5N0, Canada
Phone +1 855-574-5474

Did you know the Sun Peaks Resort and greater Kamloops area of British Columbia also happens to be a popular spot for golfers? Kamloops, located about 45 minutes south of Sun Peaks Resort, is one of the most rapidly-growing golf destinations in the province. For that reason, it's worth considering a combination trip to both Sun Peaks Resort and the Kamloops region so you enjoy an idyllic—and affordable—golf vacation.

At its perch roughly 1,200 meters above sea level, the 6,400-yard Sun Peaks Golf Course is considered to be British Columbia's highest elevation golf course. Idyllically situated in the valley between the mountains, this challenging 18-hole par 72 Graham Cooke-designed golf course makes guests feel like they're playing two courses in one—the front nine's holes are decidedly different from those on the back nine, where the elevation is considerably higher.

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Enjoy Some Scenic Views While Mountain Biking

Mountain biking Sun Peaks

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Address
1280 Alpine Road, Sun Peaks, BC V0E 5N0, Canada
Phone +1 250-578-7222

While mountain hiking and biking are extremely popular summertime activities in Vancouver as well as throughout the rest of British Columbia, tracking down the perfect mountain biking conditions isn't always easy.

One of the best things to do at Sun Peaks Resorts during the summer months is downhill mountain biking. Here, you'll be able to choose your own adventure: Take on the original Tod Mountain bike park's 2,000 vertical feet of lift-accessed terrain—with no wait times for the lift, access to a number of distinct trails, and heaps of gorgeous alpine blossoms that add to the dramatic downhill scenery—or ride the Sundance Express 1,559 feet up Sundance Mountain and try the resort's six newest bike trails, which just opened in summer 2022. Mountain biking enthusiasts can also take a spin on about 7.5 miles (12 km) of new pedal-access trails that go all the way up to the top of Mt. Morrisey.

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5 Best Things to Do at Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia