Family road trip: Visit Sun Peaks to finish off your summer wish list in style

Jun 14 2018, 7:07 pm

If you’re still twiddling your thumbs trying to get a plan of action in place for the summer, don’t worry because sometimes the best options are closer to home, and that’s certainly the case for Sun Peaks.

Here’s the truth: You don’t need to spend a fortune on a summer getaway. You don’t even need to book flights because you can add another layer of adventure to your vacation by road tripping to Sun Peaks (driving from Vancouver via the Trans-Canada Highway takes four and a half hours).

Sun Peaks is renowned for being Canada’s second-largest ski area, but there’s a plethora of events and activities happening during the summer, and since BC’s interior resort gets up to 2,000 hours of sun every-single-year, it couldn’t be more ideal for a summer vacay.

Glorious sunshine aside, Sun Peaks is an adventure lover’s dream with epic hiking, mountain biking trails, paddle boarding, golfing, and much more.

Now, let’s take a look at why Sun Peaks should be on your bucket list this summer.

Affordable Accommodation Packages

Sun Peaks/Kelly Funk

Staying at Sun Peaks mid-week is a must as you can take advantage of incredible value lodging packages. If golfing is your game, opt for a stay and play golf course package that includes one night’s accommodation, one round of golf per person and a shared power cart (fun!), starting at $119. This deal is available now through October 8 (meaning you have good reason to visit more than once, for two nights or more).

You don’t have to be a golfer to snag amazing deals on accommodation because you could book a hotel room or suite for two for as low as $108 a night mid-week from Monday to Thursday. Prices vary depending on the length of your stay and the lodging option you choose.

Kid-friendly events from Monday to Thursday

Sun Peaks/Sam Egan

Take the kids along to Sun Peaks to enjoy a wide range child-friendly events during Family Week festivities from July 16 to August 10. The best part is all of the events are free to attend and you’ll have just as good a time as the kids.

Sun Peaks/Kelly Funk

Taking place over four five-day periods, Family Week features events like an interpretive Shuswap Medicine Trail where you’ll get to learn about Indigenous medicines, free fun at the driving range, a family swim, cake decorating, pony rides, art classes, family yoga, guided hikes, bungee trampolining, outdoor theatre presentations, and live science shows.

Family-friendly Alpine Hiking

Sun Peaks/Kelly Funk

By now, you’ve probably done plenty of the North Shore trails so why not go further afield to explore the beautiful landscape at Sun Peaks? The resort is connected by a network of 16 trails with something for all levels of ability, and if you hop on the Sunburst Express chairlift from the village you’ll be taken 6,000 feet above sea level where you can take in mesmerizing vistas. You always have the option to join a guided tour or venture out with your family to see wildflowers bursting with colour on Tod’s Backside Trail.

High Five Day

Sun Peaks/Kelly Funk

Every year Sun Peaks has a ‘High Five Day’ in both winter and summer and it’s taking place on July 16. By donating $5 and a non-perishable food item, you’ll get a lift ticket for the day to go biking, hiking, or sightseeing. It’s a win-win because you’ll be supporting Sun Peaks Recreational Trail Association (SPRTA) and the Kamloops Food Bank.

Let’s not forget about the free concerts, loggers creating amazing works in real time, the Alpine Blossom Festival, and Pedal Fest, all happening at Sun Peaks this summer.

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Visit Sun Peaks to book your summer vacation now before the FOMO sets in.

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