Sun Peaks and Heffley Creek
You’ll find Sun Peaks in the heart of Monashees and nestled between three mountains. Its unique climate produces abundant fine, dry powder snow in the winter. In the summer you can enjoy countless days of blue sky and wide open spaces. Sun Peaks is Canada’s second largest ski resort with 137 runs including 17 gladed areas and 37.8 km of groomed and track cross-country trails and 17 km of backcountry trails. Come summer those same slopes burst with brilliant blossoms. Make a plan to come and hike some of the most easily accessed wildflower meadows in all of British Columbia.
Sun Peaks Resort has easy to access from the Lower Mainland via Highway 5, or by flying into the Kamloops airport, located only 45 minutes south of the village, turning off at the hamlet of Heffley Creek.
Family friendly all year round, in winter enjoy New Year’s Eve celebrations, a winter of wine, and countless ski races. Visit in summer and take in a concert.
Accommodations in winter and in summer at Sun Peaks range from cozy bed and breakfasts to mountainside ski chalet rentals, from luxurious hotels and comfortable lodges, to condos, camping and an RV park.
Medical needs can be met at the Sun Peaks Health Centre. Sun Peaks is also equipped with a multitude of services from grocery delivery to currency exchange. Visit the service directory for a complete list of businesses in the Sun Peaks area.
The Sun Peaks and area map can be accessed here.
Barriere, McLure, Little Fort
The area between Barriere, McLure and Little Fort features a variety of recreational activities. Ranch lands, rivers, meadows and lakes, are provide hours of hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking fun. Try your hand at western life with the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo. Visit Jandana Ranch, where horses roam free. Test your swing at Chinook Cove Golf a 9-hole, championship golf course. Embark on a legendary fishing adventure angling for Kamloops trout at fly-in fishing camps. Perhaps you’d prefer to explore Johnson Lake Resort, or hundreds of other lakes and rivers in the area.
Stay for the night in Barriere and area at locally owned and operated motels and inns, charming bed and breakfasts, RV parks, and fishing resorts.
The gateway to the North Thompson consists of the District of Barriere and Electoral Area O (Lower North Thompson — population 2,978) and Electoral Area P (Rivers and the Peaks population 4,081).
Barriere is 66 kilometres (41 mi) north from Kamloops along the Yellowhead Highway. It is set at the intersection of the North Thompson and Barriere Rivers. Barriere and the Lower North Thompson also includes McLure, a rural settlement just south of Barriere, Little Fort at the intersection of the Yellowhead Highway and Highway 24, and Heffley Creek, located on Hwy 5.
There’s a medical clinic in town, and a nearby fire department.