Hike through Blossoms
Feel the breeze on your face as you ride the chairlift to the alpine. The floral aromas intensify as you soar above the flowery slopes that are painted petal by petal by Mother Nature herself. The trails are calling, leading you up in the alpine, along flower-strewn cliffs and silent forests, into a yawning alpine meadow. It’s warm and breezy in the alpine meadows where your quiet reverie is only broken by the gentle buzzing of bees flitting from flower to flower. The light blue sky streams sunlight on your shoulders as you watch a golden eagle floating in the thermals above your head. Take a break from your sojourn and look toward the horizon lined by ever-greater mountain peaks. Lie back in a blanket of blossoms and watch the clouds silently drift by. The alpine meadows are in bloom for a short time only — go ahead, bask in their beauty — these fleeting moments don’t last forever.
Walk Among Blossoms July/August
Sun Peaks Resort may be famous for skiing, but when the summer wildflowers are in bloom, you can’t help but want to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails. Mountains once covered in snow come alive with a tapestry of colour: sunshine yellow of the Balsamroot; the candy orange of the Tiger Lily; the prickly purple of the Canadian thistle; acre after acre of pink and blue Lupine, and varying shades of greens that feel like they stretch on for days.
With 16 exceptional hikes that range from meandering passageways to climbing mountain slopes, Sun Peaks has a trail for every level of hiker. From the West Bowl to Tod Mountain Peak, from Gil’s Trail to Juniper Ridge, the mountain is awash in a rainbow of colour — it may be eye-candy, but walking amongst them is good for your soul. The wildflowers make their appearance as early as July — but come from mid-July to mid-August to walk through the tapestry of blooms at their most exquisite.
Alpine Blossom Festival
The mountain trails of Sun Peaks appear as though Mother Nature took hold of her paintbrush and speckled the hills in every known (and unknown) colour. Bring your camera along on your hike — you’ll want to capture and remember this natural work of art. The colours peak late July just in time for the annual Alpine Blossom Festival being held July 29-30, 2017. With entertainment as vibrant as the wildflower meadows themselves, this family-friendly festival celebrates the very best of summer in Sun Peaks. This year enjoy Shred Kelly.
Progressive Hiking Throughout the Valley
With rugged mountain passes, loamy rainforest paths, and alpine meadows dotted with colour, hiking through the North Thompson Valley can be the central theme of your vacation. Each destination offers a unique experience ranging from easy hikes accessed by high-speed chairlift in Sun Peaks, to hut-to-hut hiking in the Trophy Mountains of Wells Gray, to heli-hiking the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Each hike sets you up for the next and before your vacation is done you’ll have conquered the most scenic trails in the North Thompson Valley.
Starting in Sun Peaks, where high-speed chairlifts deliver you to the painted slopes of Tod Mountain and its alpine bowls beyond. Hike along the wildflower blooms in every shade you can imagine. This moderate hike will get your walking juices flowing, and ready for more. Set out for a trek on the Skull Mountain trail close to Barriere. This trail was devastated by the fire that burned through this area in 2003. The charred and damaged timber has been removed, providing sweeping views of the pristine North Thompson Valley.
Next, journey on to Wells Gray Provincial Park for a one-day or multi-day trek from hut to hut to hut — through the painted blossom of Trophy Mountain, then above the alpine along the spine of the mountains. Finish with a bang in Valemount as a helicopter whisks you away near the peak of Mount Robson — the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies — where you’ll be dropped at Berg Lake to start your final hike. Get inspired by the ice-capped turquoise waters of the lake, and start your decent down the Berg Lake Trail; if this isn’t enough hiking for you, skip the helicopter, and hike all 44 km (27 miles) roundtrip instead.