If you are looking for things to do in Sun Peaks in the Summer you have come to the right place. Sun Peaks is an alpine destination in British Columbia that can be enjoyed in the winter as well as the summer. Best known for epic powder and lots of snow, it is also a great summer getaway without the crowds of other alpine resorts.
Things to do in Sun Peaks
There are plenty of summer activities at Sun Peaks for anyone who loves the outdoors. It is a perfect getaway for families, couples or friends looking to get out of Vancouver for a few days. It is also a convenient destination for visitors from Alberta who are looking to enjoy what BC has to offer.
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Sun Peak Golf
Golfing is one of the popular Sun Peaks summer activities and due to its alpine location your ball is going to fly farther than normal! That is a bonus for most of us! It is also often 10 degrees cooler than courses that are located in Kamloops!
Sun Peaks Hiking
Sun Peaks is a popular hiking destination and its alpine bloom (occurring from mid July to mid August) adds to the stunning views. Whether you are looking for an easy walk or a challenging vertical, there is something for everyone on Sun Peaks.
A Note About Hiking: Every year, search and rescue are called out to rescue stranded hikers who have become injured or who were not prepared for the conditions or the difficulty of the trail. Ensure you are physically fit, carry water and snacks as well as a basic first aid kit and a cell phone. Also make sure that someone knows where you are going. Being prepared before a day in the back country can make a big difference if you run into trouble.
Sun Peaks Mountain Biking
Sun Peaks has an extensive mountain bike network and 2500 feet of vertical trails. There are cross country trails that are accessible without using the chair lifts and for those who are there for the vertical, there are 40 trails from beginner to expert. The signage is similar to skiing where green is for beginner, blue for intermediate and black diamond for experts only. Only technical riders who can handle rocks, roots, drops and jumps should challenge themselves on the black diamond routes.
For visitors, mountain bikes can be rented and there are lessons in the bike park, as well as cross country and ladies only camps!
Sun Peaks Horseback Riding
If you are like me and love horseback riding while you are in beautiful BC then check out the Sun Peaks Stables. They offer small group horseback rides daily and rebooking is essential.
One thing to note is that they do not take children under 10 years of age. Proper footwear with a heel is required.
Where is Sun Peaks?
If you want to know how to get to Sun Peaks by car, Vancouver to Sun Peaks is about a 4 hour drive along the Coquihalla Highway. This highway is two lanes each way and divided the whole way. You can also choose to take highway 1, which is more of a one lane each way type of road, with more twists and turns and more driving time. (It adds about a hour to the drive). For this reason, the Highway 5 Coquihalla Highway is the most popular route. If you are driving to Sun Peaks this way, it still climbs quite a few mountains including the Coquihalla summit and offers beautiful views along the way.
Sun Peaks itself, is located near Kamloops (about a 45 minute drive away)
It can also be accessed by flying into Kamloops Airport (YKA) which is serviced by Air Canada and West Jet. There is non-stop service from both Calgary and Vancouver. I would suggest you rent a car on arrival as it is the easiest and most convenient way to get around the area. If you do not want to rent a car, check out the shuttle service to the mountain!
This post was sponsored by Sun Peaks.
Image Credits: View of Sunburst Lodge by Ruth Hartnup, Horseback Riding and Alpine Flowers by Sun Peaks/Kelly Funk,
Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She left her career in Canada to share her love of travel with her two young boys. She is passionate about sharing adventure travel activities for families and to encourage others to explore the world. She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.