Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Summer in Sun Peaks ~ Kamloops, BC ~ Canada

We know that Sun Peaks is an award winning ski destination resort with all the benefits that these accolades bring with it, right in our own back yard, but do we know what it has to offer during the summer months?  Let's take a look at summer in Sun Peaks Resort.

Part of the village is seen at the base of the ski hill on Tod Mountain.
Summer view of the ski hill at Sun Peaks Resort
The summer season begins slowly with the flowers blooming and the resort comes to life again after the quiet time following the winter wonderland for downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing and other wonderful celebrations there.  This is a perfect time for many to just view the sights and enjoy the quiet of this mountain gem. 
The hotels and restaurants on quiet streets at Sun Peaks
Village of Sun Peaks Resort, Kamloops, BC
We wandered the streets finding very few people at this time but some restaurants and shops were open for our dining or shopping interests.  The tour buses, a big part of the tourism traffic for the summer will bring visitors up to enjoy Sun Peaks, too. 
The summer brings out the deer to enjoy the green grass below the chairlift.
The deer graze at the bottom of the ski hill at Sun Peaks
 The Sunburst chair lift will open  June 29th until Sept.3rd for hiking and biking or just enjoying the alpine wildflowers on Tod Mountain.  The Alpine Blossom Festival is happening August 4th and 5th and there will be lots of fun stuff for the kids to do on climbing walls, bouncy castle, kid’s zone, with lots of entertainers and performers for the young right up to the not-so-young and all those in between.
Tod Mountain and several ski runs can be seen behind the village during the summer months
Tod Mountain is the view from the village of Sun Peaks Resort
 The Summer Kick-off weekend has entertainment and activities for all ages,  and those that are 19 years and older can participate in the Mountain of Beer and Chile Cook-off.  Check the calendar here to see all the activities planned. 
The path from the golf course leads across the covered walking bridge to the village of Sun Peaks.
The village from the Sum Peaks Golf Course
 The biggest news for the summer events has to be that Kevin Costner and Modern West will be performing a free concert in the Sun Peaks Village on July 7, 2012.  This concert is just part of the celebrations planned for the 5th Annual Wine and Culture Festival. To learn more about the free concert or the packages offered at Sun Peaks during this weekend, click here and check it all out.  You could be rubbing elbows with Kevin Costner!
This shows one hold on the golf course that meanders across the mountain.
The Sun Peaks Golf Course
Sun Peaks Resort also offers an 18 hole golf course on the mountain.  The course opened June 1 so is in full swing (: no pun intended) for the summer.  There are plenty of activities for everyone on the mountain and they hold a Farmer’s Market every Sunday 9:30am to 1:30pm from July 1st to Sept. 9th. 
The banners hang on posts above the street to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Tod Mountain skiing.
Sun Peaks celebrates 50 years at Tod Mountain
 The season 2011-2012 was a big celebration for Sun Peaks Resort. Tod Mountain offered their first ride up the Burfield 50 years ago in 1961 and grew slowly adding other ski runs on Sundance and Morrisey over the years.  It became Sun Peaks in 1992 and has continued to grow and develop. 

Take some time this summer to enjoy what we have close to home at the Sun Peaks Resort and you may be surprised to learn that not only is it a world class ski hill but a wonderful summer retreat, as well. 

There is just no place like home.