As the second largest and one of the top-rated ski resorts in British Columbia, Sun Peaks Resort has long been known as one of the best winter destinations in the province. But all that skiable terrain also makes the area a premier hiking destination - only a four-hour drive from Vancouver, seven hours from Calgary or a 40 min drive from the Kamloops Airport. There are more than 18 hiking trails, from easy to challenging, and some of the most abundant wildflower blooms anywhere in B.C., making Sun Peaks a hiker’s paradise.
We spent a full day hiking the beautiful terrain of Sun Peaks, through meadows full of wildflowers and passed alpine lakes to the summit of Mount Tod. Here’s a taste of our experience.
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Up to the alpine
Our day started by jumping on the Sunburst chairlift from the Sun Peaks village. The chairlift provides a scenic ride up to mid-mountain at 1,850 metres. We arrived at the Sunburst Lodge (where we enjoyed a post-hike beer) and bathrooms. Once up in the alpine, the only problem is choosing which hiking trails you want to tackle. The hikes are rated like ski runs, from easy (green), to moderate (blue), to difficult (black diamond).
As experienced hikers, we wanted the full Sun Peaks hiking experience, and decided to tackle the summit of Mount Tod, taking quick detours through the Juniper Loop and to Tod Lake.