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Best Things to do in Sun Peaks, BC

Best Things to do in Sun Peaks, BC

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Sun Peaks resort near Kamloops, BC is one of our favourite resorts. In fact, we like it so much that we even bought a place there and spend the winter of 20/21 living and skiing in Sun Peaks! Sun Peaks not only has great, light snow, but lacks lift lines, is Canada’s 2nd largest ski resort, and has a great mix of family-friendly/beginner terrain as well as more difficult steep skiing. Plus, Sun Peaks village itself is super cute! If you’re considering visiting Sun Peaks BC, here are the best things to do in Sun Peaks!

Where is Sun Peaks, BC?

Sun Peaks is in British Columbia, Canada, and is just north of Kamloops. It takes about 45 minutes from Kamloops to Sun Peaks by car.

It’s Canada’s 2nd biggest ski resort with 3 mountains to ski on Tod Mountain, Sundance, and Morrissey. In the summer, it’s a mountain biking mecca with many technical trails, x-country biking, and flow trails in a lift-accessed bike park.

How to get to Sun Peaks

There are a few options you can take to get to Sun Peaks. Although they’ve been made slightly harder with the collapse of the Coquihalla in 2021, the roads are getting back to their former selves.

As of December 20th, you can travel again by road from BC’s Lower Mainland.

Most visitors to Sun Peaks arrive by car with further details below. You can also fly to Kamloops Airport (see flight prices here) and. then either rent a car, or take a shuttle with Sun Star Shuttle or Tastefull Excursions.

Chilliwack/Vancouver to Sun Peaks

The easiest way to get to Sun Peaks from Vancouver is to take the Coquihalla Highway (Hwy 5) through Merritt and then to Kamloops. At Kamloops, follow signs to Jasper/Sun Peaks. This drive takes between 4-6 hours, sometimes longer depending on weather conditions.

Check Drive BC before you travel to stay up to date with road conditions.

There are also a couple of other routes.

  • Hwy 99: You can take Hwy 99 from Vancouver to Whistler, Pemberton, Lillooet, and then across to Cache Creek and Kamloops.
  • Hwy 3: Take the Trans Canada our of Vancouver to Chilliwack and Hope, then take Hwy 3 past Manning Park then the 5A to Merritt (see above from Merritt)

The above two routes are the only routes currently open to non-essential travel.

Getting to Sun Peaks from Edmonton

From Edmonton, take the Yellowhead Hwy to BC, then BC-5S to Valemount/Kamloops then follow signs to Sun Peaks as you near Kamloops.

Getting to Sun Peaks from Calgary

From Calgary or Revelstoke, you’ll take BC Hwy 1 westbound to Kamloops, through Banff and Golden.

Best things to do in Sun Peaks in the Winter

With so many things to do in Sun Peaks you won’t get bored, even if you’re not a skier! There are a lot of non-skiing activities to do in Sun Peaks in winter too.

Go Skiing at Sun Peaks

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If you’re visiting Sun Peaks, chances are this is why you’re visiting! With over 4,270 km of ski terrain, you won’t get bored at Sun Peaks! Sun Peaks ski terrain is varied with family-friendly trails down near the village, steep trails such as Chute and Headwalls, plenty of tree-skiing options, and even some backcountry skiing access from the top of the lifts in The Gills and West Bowl.

Plus, it’s not just one mountain you can check out, there are several and the views are amazing.

The highlight, though, has to be how quiet the trails are. Especially if you’re used to skiing at Whistler or popular resorts in the US. In 100 days of skiing, we only waited in line on a handful of days and those waits were no more than 15 minutes.

With a lack of lift lines, it’s easy to find powder stashes a few days after it’s snowed!

Check out the Sun Peaks map to see the terrain, and keep an eye on Sun Peaks weather here.

Explore the Sun Peaks Nordic Trails

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We got into Nordic skiing while living in Sun Peaks as a fun activity after work or when it was a little icier on the slopes.

The Sun Peaks Nordic trails are really well maintained and the 34 km of trails are also regularly re-set. There’s even lift-accessed nordic skiing from the top of the Morrissey chair!

Sun Peaks Dog Sledding

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If you’ve ever dreamed of dog sledding, then do it in Sun Peaks! The dog sledding team at Sun Peaks is a family-run business and the dogs are the cutest!

On a dog sledding adventure with Mountain Man Dog Sledding Advetures, you’ll get a chance to meet the dogs before they fly you through the wooded trails and then feed and pet the dogs some more once you return to base. It’s the best!

Hit the Skating Rink

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The new skating rink at Sun Peaks is a full-size hockey rink that’s open-air but under cover. It’s a great activity if you’re not a skier or if you’re looking for something to do once the lifts have closed.

Stretch it out at a Sun Peaks Yoga Class

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The Sun Peaks yoga studio is one of my favourite places in Sun Peaks. It’s beautiful inside and all the teachers are super welcoming and friendly.

After a day on the slopes, a good stretch will help make sure you’re raring to go the next day!

Explore the Village

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Sun Peaks village is super cute with the coloured buildings, twinkly lights, and skiers going right through the village. It’s well worth a wander with a coffee from Bolacco or Vertical Cafe in hand!

Wander the Snowshoe Trails

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For less adrenaline-fuelled adventures in the snow, snowshoeing is a great choice! There are some great trails through the woods at Sun Peaks and you can also take a moonlight s’mores and snowshoe tour.

My favourite trail is out to McGillivary Lake with a flask of hot chocolate in my backpack.

Hike to the Sun Peaks Waterfall

Down in Whitecroft (the village just before the final climb up to Sun Peaks) is a little waterfall that you can get to after a short hike. It’s super pretty in the winter and worth checking out.

More info on the Whitecroft Waterfall.

Try Ice Fishing

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Ice fishing is another activity in Sun Peaks for non-skiers. Book a tour with Elevated fishing who provide you with everything you need for this winter adventure.

Take a Sleigh Ride

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If you’re traveling to Sun peaks with kids, then I’m sure they’d love a sleigh ride. The Sun Peaks stables offer sleigh rides through the winter season and there’s something so Christmassy about the sound of the bells as you trot through the snow.

Enjoy Fondue on the Mountain

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Most years you can take a tour up the mountain and enjoy some fondue before making your way down by torchlight. If this isn’t available you can still enjoy some fondue at Fondue Stube in the village!

Get a Spa Treatment

Sun Peaks also has a couple of places offering spa treatments. You can get a mobile massage from Hands on the Move, or head to Kookaburra Lodge to get the full spa experience at Sun Peaks Spa.

Best Restaurants in Sun Peaks

For a small village, there are still some great Sun Peaks restaurants to keep you fuelled during your visit to Sun Peaks. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Powderhounds: Famous for their schnitzel and potatoes, you won’t leave hungry!
  • Voyageur: The fanciest places in the village which serves up great French-Canadian dishes and does a delicious Christmas lunch
  • Vertical Cafe: If you need a quick lunch or breakfast head to Vertical for local, homemade food with loads of vegetarian and vegan options
  • Bolacco: Great service and delicious pastries!
  • Mountain High Pizza: Tasty slices and whole pizzas
  • Bottoms Sun Peaks: Bottoms is a must while you’re in Sun Peaks! Tasty burgers and nachos, great drinks and it’s a whole lotta fun!
  • Ohana Deli: Not a restaurant, but does have lots of frozen pies and meals that are easy to heat up and eat in your Sun Peaks accommodation.

Where to Stay in Sun Peaks

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Of course, we’re biased, but our Airbnb in Sun Peaks, the Alpine Rooms, is a great option! It sleeps 6 and is in Peaks West with a private hot tub and mountain views.

We’ve previously stayed at the Peaks Bed and Breakfast in Whitecroft – 5 minutes down the hill. Michelle is a great host and her breakfasts are delicious!

Friends have stayed at some hotels in Sun Peaks including The Grand Hotel Sun Peaks (Sun Peaks Grand) which has the benefit of being right in the village.