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If you’re not elbow-deep in summer event planning, you’re already lagging behind! Cottages and cabins have been booked, festival tickets have sold out, and vacation hours have been approved and memorized. But if you’re still figuring out what you want Summer 2018 to look like, we’ve got something in mind. And it looks great.
Canada’s second-largest ski area, Sun Peaks, transforms into a beautiful nature escape every summer. It also plays host to a diverse array of activities and events across the entire summer, giving you enough options to plan an unforgettable season.
Once you’ve reached the resort (a short flight or a drive from Vancouver), you can avail yourself of the summer lift-accessible hiking and biking, as well as activities like canoeing and off-road Segway tours that you can take advantage of. But before you think about that, let’s take a look at four of the best reasons for you to plan a trip (or several) to Sun Peaks this summer.
Canada Day only comes around once a year, so you’re going to want to celebrate in style. Sun Peaks is hosting a full weekend event from June 30 to July 1 with something for the whole family. There’s going to be a kids zone, a concert with Vancouver-based kids musician Marnie Grey, pony rides, and at the base of the Sundance lift, you can see chainsaw carver Ryan Cook and Laughing Loggers create some natural works of art before your eyes.
If you think your family has what it takes, you can enter a sack race, then attend a lobster festival later that day to celebrate your win (or crushing defeat). There’s also a Mountain of Beer & Chili Cook-Off taking place where you can tour the village restaurants and sample signature beers and house-made chili. Plus, Canadian eclectic rock group (and Juno nominees) Big Sugar will be performing a free concert on Saturday, June 30, where you can dance the night away.
Do it all over again on July 1 and enjoy some delightful Canada Day cake at Clock Tower Square. You’ll also have another chance to join another sitting of the lobster fest if you missed it! See the full event lineup here.
This summer you have the chance to experience Canada’s Alpine Blossom Festival when wildflowers will be at the height of their bloom. You can take a scenic ride on the Sunburst Express chairlift for access to hiking and biking trails, and immerse yourself in the atmospheric village as it comes alive with a host of entertainers and activities on July 28 and 29.
Kick off the festival with some outdoor yoga, check out Sun Peak’s first ever Rotary Club Art Summit, and join Nancy Greene Raine with the coveted list of “summiteers” that have reached the peak of Mt. Tod on the seventh annual hike that’s suitable for all ages.
There’s also an Ariel Opera taking place on July 28, which will be followed by performances by Bobs & Lolo for the kids, country star Ben Klick, and three-time country music award nominee, Twin Kennedy. There’s an artisan market, a market gardeners session and much more happening on Sunday, July 29.
If you’re a music fanatic, you won’t want to miss the ninth annual Retro Concert Weekend at Sun Peaks where live tribute bands will be performing free concerts from August 10 to 12. Get your dancing shoes on and start the weekend with an AC/DC tribute by BC/DC (amazing name, by the way) on Friday, and keep the energy going on Saturday with the Ultimate Elvis Show, SteelWheels rocking out to The Rolling Stones tracks, and The Beatles songs by The Fab Fourever.
Then on Sunday, August 12 check out Buddy Holic performing the best of Buddy Holly. There’s also going to be a free summer concert happening at Sun Peaks on August 25 so stay tuned to their featured events to find out who the headlining act will be.
If you spend the Labour Day long weekend at Sun Peaks for Peaks Pedal Fest you won’t be disappointed. This year’s festival has a roster of events like the Seek + Enjoy Poker Ride, Kids Foot-Down Derby, the Yeah Bru! Classic Dual Slalom and Lift and a Lager, plus Rocky Mountain Bicycles Demo Fleet (Saturday and Sunday).
There’s also going to be free guided cross-country tours that you can join which are tailored to specific ability levels. If you’re still up for cycling in the evening, there’s going to be a ride-in movie showing at 7:30 pm on Saturday, September 1.
For more information and to see the full lineup of summer activities and events, visit Sun Peaks now.