Sun Peaks poised for Chinese tourism boom

Tourism Sun Peaks at Showcase Asia in 2014. Courtesy Tourism Sun Peaks.

China is the fastest growing tourism market in the world today, and Chinese people are travelling to Canada in greater numbers than ever before. Colin Brost, director of market development for Tourism Sun Peaks (TSP), caught up with SPIN to discuss the benefits of Chinese tourism for Sun Peaks, and how TSP is working on the front lines in China to capture this huge market. In late 2009, Canada was granted … [Read more...]

Municipality reflects on five year anniversary

The Sun Peaks Municipality councilors in 2010.

On June 28, Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality celebrated its five year anniversary. SPIN caught up with three of the driving members behind the push for Sun Peaks to become a municipality – Mayor Al Raine, councillor Ines Popig, and former SPIN publisher Adam Earle. Al Raine credits Sun Peaks Resort LLP (SPR) owner, Masayoshi Okhubo, for paving the way for local government. “When Mr. Okbubo was buying Tod … [Read more...]

Local woodworker makes market debut

Farmers Market - Thomas and Zuzy - Photo by SPIN

Sun Peaks craftsman Thomas Neveu, 25, is making his debut at the Sun Peaks & Region Farmers’ Market this season. The self-taught woodworker has a range of items for sale, including wine-racks, bird-houses and home décor items. Neveu came to Sun Peaks from Abbotsford two years ago to work as a ski-patroller, and quickly found a place to call home. With most of his working career spent outdoors on the ski slopes, … [Read more...]

Arts and sustainability at Midnight Sun


The first ever Midnight Sun Arts & Film Festival is set to delight artists, art lovers, film-makers and nature fans with a program of events from August 7 to 9. Created by Sun Peaks resident Dasha Novak, it will feature art and design exhibitions with a focus on sustainability and nature, as well as arts and photography workshops, and free children’s art classes. Four award winning documentaries focusing on … [Read more...]

Stop and smell the flowers at Canada’s Alpine Blossom Festival


The family-friendly Canada’s Alpine Blossom Festival is set to draw a strong crowd to Sun Peaks from July 31 to August 2. With alpine wildflowers expected to be in peak bloom, hiking is at the top of the agenda for the weekend, and families can choose to hike solo, or join Sun Peaks’ Olympic champion Nancy Greene Raine for the Reach the Peak — Tod Mountain Summit Hike to the very top of the mountain. While … [Read more...]