Getting There from Vancouver, BC

Late-Feb 2020, O°C to 4°C

When I was doing research on the drive to Kamloops, it seemed winter tires (illegal to drive without from Oct 1 – Apr 30) and frequent check of road conditions were the biggest tips. To be on the safe side, we also made sure our windshield fluids were topped up and also snacks and bottled water were available.

I used both Google Maps and DriveBC’s website to stay updated on road conditions and closures. This drive was a mix of Highway 1 and Highway 5 (Coquihalla highway) and the weather changed rapidly and drastically.

However, it was also a very beautiful, scenic drive that we would love to do again.

Coquihalla Highway
Coquihalla Highway

Merritt, BC

On our way to Sun Peaks, we stopped at both Hope and Merritt. There is much more to do in Merritt as soon as you get off the Coquihalla Highway than Hope but we filled up in Hope first just in case we get stuck on the Coquihalla.

Merritt welcome sign
Walmart in Merritt, BC
Sun Peaks Resort
Sun Peaks Resort
Sun Peaks Resort
the snow was high enough to cover the signage
Sun Peaks Resort
arriving in Sun Peaks Resort after 5 hours of driving with stops
jenthinks - Sun Peaks Resort
Sun Peaks Resort

Where to Stay

Sun Peaks Grand Hotel

Between the elegantly furnished rooms and magical slope view, there is nowhere else I would rather stay than the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel (full review here).

Sun Peaks Grand Hotel
Sun Peaks Grand Hotel

Where to Eat

Todd Mountain Cafe

They served coffee, crepes, bagels, and breakfast sandwiches. There wasn’t much seating inside but there is outdoor seating available overlooking the village. The food was nothing special but served its purpose.

Todd Mountain Cafe at Sun Peaks Resort

5forty Cafe & Deli

We chose to sit at the bartop but there were actually plenty of tables. You order at the counter and food gets delivered to you. I had a whole wheat wrap with chorizo sausage and quinoa while Eric enjoyed the Farmer’s Breakfast.

Once again, food was nothing special but it was priced reasonably for its location.

5forty Cafe & Deli at Sun Peaks Resort
5forty Cafe & Deli at Sun Peaks Resort

The Annex

A cafeteria right in front of the bunny hill. It offered free-wifi and plenty of window seatings with a selection of beers on tap! This was actually my favourite spot to people watch.

The Annex at Sun Peaks Resort
The Annex at Sun Peaks Resort

Mountain High Pizza

Online order was quick and easy. Eric had a small meat lover and he said it was quite good. It was less than a one-minute walk from the Sun Peaks Grand and you won’t want to miss it after a tiring day of activities.

Mountain High Pizza at Sun Peaks Resort

What to Do

Ski

Between getting rescued by ski patrol and getting up & down on the bunny hill, I can’t say I skied much this trip. However, there was never a long wait for the 2 chairlifts from my observation which I think many skiers can appreciate.

Sun Peaks Resort
Mountain Warehouse ski outfit
Mountain Warehouse.. #notsponsored
Mountain Warehouse ski outfit
Activities Desk at Sun Peaks Resort

Snowmobile Tour

We joined a 2-hour Snowmobile Tour at the Activities Desk inside of the Village Daylodge. It was just under $300 with taxes for a snowmobile with one passenger.

Both Eric and I had lots of fun and the driving time was a good 1.5 hours. We stopped at a few viewpoints including a frozen lake. Our tourmates mentioned that this was much more superior to the one they offered in Whistler. It seemed the Whistler one did not offer as much driving and covered fewer grounds.

The tour guide also took care of Eric and me when we didn’t dress properly for the tour. We were provided snow pants, snow boots and helmets to keep warm.

Village Daylodge at Sun Peaks Resort
Snowmobile Tour at Sun Peaks Resort
Snowmobile Tour at Sun Peaks Resort
Snowmobile Tour at Sun Peaks Resort
Snowmobile Tour at Sun Peaks Resort
Snowmobile Tour at Sun Peaks Resort
Snowmobile Tour at Sun Peaks Resort
Snowmobile Tour at Sun Peaks Resort
Snowmobile Tour at Sun Peaks Resort
Snowmobile Tour at Sun Peaks Resort
frozen lake

Bonus – Kamloops Downtown

On our way home, we stopped by Kamloops Downtown for a quick bite and some snacks. Since it was snowing, we decided instead of trying a restaurant downtown, we would just stop by the mall there for something to eat.

To our pleasant surprise, Senor Froggy on Landsdowne St hit just the right spot!

Senor Froggy Restaurant
Senor Froggy Restaurant
Senor Froggy Restaurant
Senor Froggy Restaurant
Mexican deliciousness with a self-serve Salsa bar!
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