Sun Peaks Resort, on Todd Mountain Road, Heffley Creek (tel. 800/807-3257 or 250/578-7232, 250/578-7232 for snow report; www.sunpeaksresort.com), is a major all-season resort and mountain community with some of the most complete sports and recreation facilities in British Columbia. Of course, in winter the focus is on downhill skiing. Sun Peaks offers great powder skiing on three different mountains, with 1,471 hectares (3,635 acres) of skiable terrain, making it Canada's third-largest ski area. The total vertical drop is 881m (2,890 ft.), with 121 runs serviced by a high-speed quad, fixed-grip quad, triple chair, double chair, T-bar, and beginner platter. Snowboarders have a choice of two half pipes, one with a super-large boarder-cross, and a terrain park with handrails, cars, a fun box, hips, quarter pipes, transfers, and fat gaps that were designed by Ecosign Mountain Planners and some of Canada's top amateur riders. Lift tickets are C$71 for adults, C$57 seniors and youths 13 to 18, and C$36 for children 6 to 12. Nordic skiers have 28km (17 miles) of groomed cross-country trails, and 12km (7 1/2 miles) of backcountry runs. The resort also offers dog sledding, snowshoeing, and snowmobile trails.
In summer, the lifts continue to operate, providing mountain bikers and hikers access to the high country. Sun Peak's bike park offers 26 trails, dropping 595m (1,952 ft.) through varied terrain. The lifts run daily late June through Labour Day, and then Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through September. A day pass to the bike park and lifts costs C$38 adults, C$32 seniors and youths 13 to 18, and C$22 children 6 to 12. For hikers, a ride on the lifts up to alpine trails costs C$16 adults, C$14 seniors and youths 13 to 18, and C$12 children 6 to 12.
The Sun Peaks Resort Golf Course is another top summer draw. At 1,200m (3,937 ft.) above sea level, this 18-hole, Graham Cooke-designed course offers spectacular alpine vistas that are sure to challenge your concentration. And while golfers enjoy the course, other members of the family have the option of horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, or hiking, all of which can be easily arranged with the resort's Guest Services. The resort offers a wide variety of lodging options including nine hotels, a selection of condos, B&Bs, and one- to four-bedroom town homes and chalets. With a choice of over 20 dining and nightlife options, Sun Peaks offers a more lively social and gastronomic scene that most midsize Canadian cities.
Aberdeen Hills Golf Links, 1185 Links Way (tel. 250/828-1149 or 250/828-1143), is an 18-hole course with panoramic views. The Dunes, 652 Dunes Dr. (tel. 888/881-4653 or 250/579-3300), is a Graham Cooke-designed 18-hole championship course. Kamloops Golf & Country Club, 3125 Tranquille Rd. (tel. 250/376-8020), is an 18-hole semi-private championship course. Pineridge Golf Course, 4725 E. Trans-Canada Hwy. (tel. 250/573-4333), is an 18-hole course designed to be "the best short course ever built."
Rivershore Estates and Golf Links (tel. 250/573-4622) is an award-winning Robert Trent Jones, Sr., design and has been host to the Canadian National Championships. For family-friendly golf, McArthur Island Golf Centre (tel. 250/553-4211) offers a 9-hole course, driving range, miniature golf, pro shop, and restaurant.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.