Hike, Mountain Bike or Golf in BC near an Alpine Meadow
Great BC Vacations at Sun Peaks Resort
Sun Peaks near Kamloops is not only one of British Columbia's premier ski resorts, but it is also a year-round vacation destination with facilities for hiking, mountain biking and golf. Here you can walk in alpine meadows in August, load your mountain bike on the Sunburst Chairlift to access the alpine bike terrain, or golf the links, and at the end of the day drive to Kamloops for dinner. In one day you'll take a varied geographical tour of biosystems--alpine meadows with views of snow clad peaks of the Monashee Mountain Range, Ponderosa and fir forests, and sage brush, grasslands and trains from the Canadian transcontinental railroad in scenes from the wild west. The storied North Thompson valley is scenic, historic and unforgettable. Don't miss spending some time here on your next trip to western Canada.
A BC Golf Resort and Ski Destination at Sun Peaks
It's an easy drive year-round from Kamloops to Sun Peaks, on double highway that follows the North Thompson River to the Heffley Creek turn-off. Then the road climbs through rolling range land, mixed forest, and lakes, passing bed and breakfasts and small resorts along the way. Many of these are open for ski vacationers in winter and golf or horse-back riding vacationers in summer.
Ride Sunburst Chairlift at Sun Peaksup to Alpine Meadows
You can park for free at the foot of the Sunburst Chairlift at Sun Peaks, and buy the lift pass at the Visitors' Centre. Then you are on the way to the alpine meadows for an afternoon hike.
Mountain Biking Terrain at Sun Peaks near Kamloops
In this pristine landscape, there are trails for all levels of bikers. After loading their mountain wheels on the Sunburst Chairlift, bikers take the following chair and head for the trails at the top. Well-marked trails wind through alpine meadows and conifer forest, with views opening to the distant valleys. The most advanced trails have jumps, berms and tables for aerial skills as you can in this thrilling clip by video artist mtb4141, from Edmonton, Canada. If you like this one, look at the rest of his work on myspace.
Visitors who come to Kamloops for the mountain biking will also be interested in the 26-hectareKamloops Bike Ranch located in the city of Kamloops between Valleyview and Juniper Ridge.
Golf in BC at Sun Peaks Resort in Canada
Sun Peaks Golf Course is an 18-hole par 72 course designed by golf architect Graham Cooke. At elevation 1,200 meters above sea level, this 6,400-yard course is higher than any other golf course in British Columbia. Does the high elevation really let your golf ball stay longer in the air? You'll have to discover that for yourself, but for sure the temperature at this elevation is up to 10 degrees cooler than in Kamloops, and at the many other great golf courses in the area, such as Tobiano.
BC Vacations around Kamloops
At the end of the day, or at the end of your stay, it's an easy drive back to Kamloops. Stay and explore the area if you can. The film industry loves British Columbia, because not only is there a strong pool of trained, experienced acting and crew talent in Vancouver, but there are also ten or more distinct types of terrain within half a day's drive of the Lower Mainland. Consequently, locations to represent a wide variety of landscapes are fairly easy to find, and many of them are around Kamloops. Alpine meadows, snow-capped mountains, beaches, Ponderosa forest, long-grass grasslands, bunch-grass hillsides, hoodoos, and vineyards are all nearby. It's a vacation destination of a lifetime.