The Incredible Wildflower Season of Sun Peaks, British Columbia
Sun Peaks is an alpine ski village located high in the mountaintops of the Thompson/Nicola region in British Columbia, Canada. In the winter months the population swells and people flock by the thousands to enjoy the snowy winter weather, which creates the ideal skiing and snowboarding conditions. In the summer months the town is much less busy, but has many fun activities to enjoy as well as concerts and shows, so occasionally there is an influx of visitors it and it can get fairly busy.
When we visited, summertime in the hot valley below was in full swing and the wildflowers had already come and gone for the most part. With that being said, Sun Peaks has an alpine climate so summers are much shorter and we arrived just in time to see one of the most incredible displays of nature our eyes had ever seen. Wildflower season was popping off and our ascent to the top of Mount Tod was by far one of our favorite hiking experiences to date. Enjoy “The Incredible Wildflower Season of Sun Peaks, British Columbia”.
The town was built in the typical European chalet style and gives off a neat whimsical fairytale vibe. There are cobblestone streets lined with many little shops, though prices are not very cheap, but that seems to be typical for towns that provide niche activities.
There are a few pubs in town with nice outdoor patios set up perfectly for indulging in some drinks and local cuisine while soaking up some plentiful rays of sunshine.
“Hey small Filipina lady! Those chairs are made for big lumberjack Canadians.”
There is a surprising numbers of food serving establishments on the mountain, totaling around 18, which includes pubs, cafes and restaurants. They even have Indian and Mexican food restaurants, though they are very pricey.
Never fear there is also a Liquor Store here!
The clock tower gives off wonderful nostalgic “dongs” every hour during the daytime.
Sun Peaks Resort offers many cool activities and one of them is called Mountain Cross Karts, which is basically go-karts on a mountainside.
When hiking at Sun Peaks you can either choose to hike from the village or take the chairlift up the hill. We chose to take the chairlift because we wanted the experience and not only that but in order to hike Mount Tod within the day we needed to take the lift.
There is a novelty sign that shows some of the world’s most renowned hiking mountains and there distances from Sun Peaks.
Once you hop off of the chairlift you will have a few different options of hiking trails you can take. We went with “Top of the World” and from there we would ascend the summit of Mount Tod.
From the very start of our hike we were amazed by the plethora of wildflowers and all the different vegetation that we don’t normally see way down in the Okanagan Valley. Little did we know this was nothing compared to what we would experience higher up in the mountains.
Just a little ways up we were already treated to breathtaking views of the village down below.
Many different flowers of every color were all over and the varieties seemed to change as we gained elevation and hiked through the different climate zones.
The trail is super easy to follow and is well marked with these handy little hiker signs.
Probably around half way up, we got our “Instagram Gold” pic as I like to call it.
Fields of wildflowers surrounded us and wonderful scents filled our nostrils and gave us and overwhelming positive feeling.
“Yes” that is actual snow at the end of June, something I didn’t think i’d ever see, but it was a cool feeling getting to throw a real snowball in the middle of summer.
Finally we conquered the summit of Mount Tod and it wasn’t that easy either, but it was a great workout and well worth the effort. A total of 7060 feet above sea level, I believe it may be the highest mountain we have climbed thus far in our hiking careers.
You could definitely tell we were now in a sub arctic climate. No trees grew at the top and it was probably about 5 degrees Celsius, which was somewhat welcome given the fact that we were hot sweaty messes by the time we arrived. Though I wouldn’t want to be up there too long in shorts and a t-shirt and we started to get cold after only a few minutes.
The only thing that grew on the summit were these tiny succulents that look like the belong in someones garden.
We ran into some fellow hikers and they instructed us on how to get to Tod Lake, so we figured “we’re already up here so, why not?”
We made our way through more gorgeous green valleys and tried to enjoy it, but closer we got to the lake the worse the insects devoured us. So we quickly hiked by and got some shots of the beautiful but also horrific Tod Lake.
“Farewell gorgeous Tod Lake, but also good riddance!”
Sun Peaks is a beautiful place to visit in the summer and definitely worth staying for a couple of nights. We stayed in an awesome Airbnb which was very affordable and you can even use our Airbnb coupon and get $45 off your stay ($45 discount).
Mount Tod is an incredible hike, especially in wildflower season and was one of our favorite all time hikes. I suggest renting a place for a night or two and waking up early to take the chairlift up, then hike the summit in time to make it back down for lunch and a well deserved drink.
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