As a full-time resident of Sun Peaks, B.C. for the last 15 years I’ve borne witness to a lot of changes in Canada’s Alpine Village. What started as a simple skiers’ dream of one chairlift way back in the late 1950s has blossomed into a community that many people would have never imagined. Home to nearly 500 full-time residents and a must visit place for tens of thousands of people from around the globe each year, Sun Peaks has certainly come into its own.
Beautifully handcrafted mansions on the hillsides with skis parked at the back door, Al Raine as the first mayor of the new Mountain Resort Municipality of Sun Peaks, the highest elevation golf course in British Columbia, quad chairlifts spanning three mountains, kindergarten to Grade 12 schooling, a world-class bike park, and the list goes on and on.
While the founders of Tod Mountain certainly didn’t envision what this resort town would become I’m sure they’d be proud to see it as it stands today. What was once just a developer’s dream has now become a melting pot of multinational residents, visitors and workers. Many young people and entrepreneurs have made their start in business and family life here and folks from worldwide are now calling Sun Peaks home, or at least home away from home.
While the beauty of this resort community is certainly tied to the many facilities, amenities and natural playground we have in our collective backyard, there’s still one amazing thing that’s remained undeveloped, untouched, unchanged and, to many people, even unseen though it’s a true jewel of what makes Sun Peaks precious to so many. While the people who live here and visit may take advantage of the outdoor pursuits offered, there are still many who have never even laid eyes on the amazing alpine blossoms.
The natural beauty and rainbow of colours of the wildflowers that grace the alpine regions of Sun Peaks each August are a sight to behold, and yet many people are oblivious to this wonder of nature right in their own backyard. Each year between mid-July and mid-August, the alpine bowls explode with vibrant hues and the scent of a million bouquets, and it’s an amazing a sight to see.
The time to see them is now as the flowers will soon be gone for another year. So, lace up those hiking boots, jump on the chairlift and go enjoy the true natural beauty of what Sun Peaks has to offer. You’ll be glad you did.