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Sun Peaks is a year-round resort town, located in the interior of British Columbia, Canada near Kamloops. It has 3678 acres of ski runs and 2891 vertical feet downhill on three mountains, which all lead to the resort village. Sun Peaks is known worldwide to have the best grooming in Western Canada and the best weather for skiing in Canada (with an average of over 2000 hours of sunshine per year). There is something to do there year-round for just about anyone. In the winter, there is, of course, the world-class skiing, as well as numerous other winter sports. In the summer, the area is transformed into a hiker’s and biker’s paradise, with mountain trails for adventurers of all levels of experience. There is also an 18-hole golf course at the resort, as well as numerous events and festivals, for those who wish to have a more "relaxed" vacation time in the mountains of BC.


The Sun Peaks ski resort currently consists of 3 mountains of ski runs; Tod Mountain (the original ski run), Sundance and Mount Morrisey. Sun Peaks resort was founded by Harry Burfield, and The Burfield Lodge and first chair-lift at Sun Peaks opened to the public in 1961. At the time, it was simply known as Tod Mountain. The lodge was damaged by fire in 1968 and remained closed to the public while it was being rebuilt. It opened again in December of 1970. Mr. Burfield died in a plane crash in 1971 while touring the mountain on which he founded the resort. The Shuswap Double Chair Lift was constructed in 1972, and the Crystal Triple Chair Lift was installed in 1979. A year later, in 1980, the Shuswap Day Lodge was built. In 1988, a 49 lot subdivision across from the Burfield Lodge began construction. That same year, a fire caused major damage to the top station of the Crystal Chair. In 1990, the paving of the road from Whitecroft Village to Tod Mountain was finished, and in 1992, Nippon Cable Company Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan (now known as Hi-Lex Corporation [1]) purchased Tod Mountain. There’s much more in the recent history of Sun Peaks, and you can read about it here: [2] Sun Peaks Resort was the first ski resort in North America and is the only resort in Canada to receive the ISO 14001 designation recognizing the resorts environmental policies and practices.


Sun Peaks gets an average annual snowfall of 220 in (or more than 18ft) (559 cm / 5.5 m) The resort village is at an elevation of 4117ft (1255m) above sea level, and the top lift elevation is 6824ft (2080m). The yearly average temperature is 22F (-6C), with highs in the winter around the freezing mark and lows around 14F (-10C). In the summer, the high temperatures average around 67F (13C), but can reach up into the high 80’s (F) (20’s C). The resort is probably known as “Sun” Peaks because it averages over 2000 hours of sunlight annually.

Get in

By plane

Sun Peaks can be accessed easily from either of two airports:

  • Kamloops Airport [3] is a 45 minute drive from Sun Peaks.
  • Kelowna International Airport [4] is a 2-1/2 hour drive from Sun Peaks.

By train

  • As of December 2, 2008, VIA Rail (the major Canadian passenger rail service) made schedule changes that allowed people traveling to and from Vancouver or Jasper to arrive in Kamloops late evening or early morning and then catch a shuttle to Sun Peaks Resort.
  • Vancouver - Kamloops is a night-time transfer
  • Jasper – Kamloops is mostly daytime

By car

Sun Peaks can be reached from almost any direction on major highways. Here's a list of travel times from several major centers nearby:

By bus

Get around

Sun Peaks is a pretty small town. There’s no need of a car or taxi to get around. Everything is easily accessible on foot or on bike (in the summer).


Aside from the skiing in the winter months, no one really does anything else in Sun Peaks from about October to March. There are a couple of art galleries nearby in Kamloops to visit that are open year-round though:

  • Kamloops Art Gallery [5]
    • 250-377-2400
  • The Horse Barn
    • 250-374-3511

There is, of course, the splendid scenery in and around Sun Peaks to see year-round. Since it’s right in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the scenery couldn’t be much more spectacular. In the summer, you can hike and bike on trails on the mountains, and in the winter, you can ski on them. What more could you ask for as far as beautiful views in and of the mountains?












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