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Hike through Blossoms

Feel the breeze on your face as you ride the chairlift to the alpine at Sun Peaks. Floral aromas intensify as you soar above the flowery slopes, painted by Mother Nature. Meander along flower-strewn cliffs and silent forests in the Monashees, then into a yawning alpine meadow. The alpine meadows are only in bloom for a short time. Go ahead, bask in their beauty, because these fleeting moments don’t last forever.

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16 Exceptional Sun Peaks Hikes and One Festival

With 16 exceptional hikes that range from meandering passageways to climbing mountain slopes, Sun Peaks has a trail for every level of hiker.

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. Capture the sunshine yellow of the Balsamroot, the candy orange of the Tiger Lily, and the prickly purple of the Canadian thistle. Wander through acre after acre of pink and blue Lupine, and varying shades of greens that feel like they stretch on for days. Bring your camera along on your hike. You’ll want to capture and remember this natural work of art.

From the West Bowl to Tod Mountain Peak, from Gil’s Trail to Juniper Ridge, the mountain is awash with shades and hues you may have only imagined. Sure, it’s eye-candy, but it’s also good for the soul.

Celebrating the Blooms

Be sure to come out for the Alpine Blossom Festival in late July when the alpine wildflowers are at the height of their bloom. Marvel at the beauty below you as you take a scenic ride on the Sunburst Express chairlift for access to hiking and biking trails. During the festival the village comes alive with entertainers, activities and more.

Progressive Hiking Throughout the Valley

Your quiet reverie is 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. Look toward the horizon lined by ever-greater mountain peaks. Lie back in a blanket of blossoms and watch the clouds silently drift by.

Pick Your Destination

You’re here, up in the alpine, walking along flower-strewn cliffs and silent forests, into a yawning alpine meadow. With rugged mountain passes, loamy rainforest paths, and alpine meadows dotted with colour, hiking through the North Thompson Valley can be the theme of your vacation.

Each destination offers a unique experience and sets you up for the next. Before your vacation is done you’ll have conquered the most scenic trails in the North Thompson Valley.

Barriere Hikes

Set out for a trek on the Skull Mountain trail close to Barriere. This trail, once devastated by a fire in 2003, has now rebounded. The charred and damaged timber has been removed, providing sweeping views of the pristine North Thompson Valley.

Wells Gray Provincial Park Hikes

Next, journey on to Wells Gray Provincial Park for a one-day or multi-day trek from hut to hut. Hike 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. You can be dropped at Berg Lake to start your final hike. Get inspired by the ice-capped turquoise waters of the lake, and start your descent 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.