COVID-19 updates for Sun Peaks

Constant updates are being made about COVID-19 and how it’s impacting our community, province and country.

Sun Peaks News will compile all updates related to the virus in this story with links to our ongoing coverage.

All stories are current at the time of publication but for the most up to date information please directly visit communications from the source.

If you have information or questions about how the virus is affecting Sun Peaks please email

April 6:

EOC asks non-residents to stay away

While Sun Peaks remains shut and residents stay home, visitors are still arriving in the community. Residents have reported travellers asking which shops might be open, searching for long-term stays to isolate out of the city and visiting their second homes.

Food cupboard accepting donations

Sun Peaks Community Helps (SPCH), a group formed by residents and Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality to help the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, is asking for food donations.

April 5:

Firefighters barred from attending most medical calls

Firefighters won’t be dispatched to most medical calls in B.C., B.C. Emergency Health Services (BCHES) said. It’s a change that could disproportionately affect rural communities, such as Sun Peaks, which don’t have an ambulance station.

April 4:

Former hotel employee speaks out about COVID-19 diagnosis

What started out as a minor sore throat has one former Sun Peaks employee urging people to stay home after she tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning home after the resort closure.

April 1:

Leaving Sun Peaks during the COVID-19 pandemic

No one likes to be laid off, let alone in a country that’s not your own, but that was the reality for thousands of us working at ski resorts across Canada.

March 31:

PLAY or STAY (home) – Staying safe while keeping sane

March 27:

Tourism Sun Peaks lays off staff, allows fee deferral

Tourism Sun Peaks (TSP) has announced measures to ease the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the community.

March 26:

Resort closes uphill access

Sun Peaks Resort LLP (SPR) is no longer allowing uphill access on any of their mountains.

Sun Peaks employee tests positive for COVID-19 after returning home

Sun Peaks Resort LLP (SPR) has confirmed an employee who has returned home to Australia has tested positive for COVID-19.

March 25:

New community assistance group launches

A group of concerned local citizens, alongside the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality (SPMRM), have organized a new support group to assist the community as it deals with the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 24:

Eco-depots and transfer stations limit accepted items

Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD) eco-depots and transfer station, including those in Heffley Creek and Sun Peaks, will be temporarily limiting which items are accepted.

Avalanche Canada stops forecasting

On March 28 Avalanche Canada will issue their last forecast for the winter, around one month earlier than usual.

March 23:

Services open during COVID-19 pandemic

In an effort to make information available to the community we have rounded up which businesses remain open, listed alphabetically.

Fact checking COVID0-19

As news of the spread of COVID-19 floods in through your TV, phone and friends it can be difficult to sort through what information is true and what isn’t.

March 22:

Sun Peaks Health Centre doctor first resident to test positive for COVID-19

Dr. Chip Bantock of the Sun Peaks Health Centre is the resident who has tested positive for COVID-19, wrote the health centre’s medical director Dr. Shane Barclay in a release through Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality (SPMRM) on March 22.

March 21:

Patient tests positive for COVID-19 in Sun Peaks

There is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Sun Peaks. said Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality (SPMRM) in a statement released March 21.

March 20: 

Grocery delivery available through Sun Peaks Cargo

Sun Peaks Cargo is continuing to offer deliveries as businesses shut around the village and in Kamloops.

Taking care of your mental health during social distancing or isolation

As we begin to spend more time alone or work from home to practise responsible social distancing it can take a toll on our mental health. A media cycle filled with information on the COVID-19 pandemic can also become overwhelming and we don’t know exactly when it will end.

Self-quarantined resident urges Sun Peaks to stay home

A long-time Sun Peaks resident who works in hospitality is asking people to stay home as much as possible as they themselves self-quarantine with symptoms of suspected COVID-19.

March 18: 

Top to Bottoms race will not take place

Sun Peaks Resort LLP and organizer Jason White have stated a Top to Bottoms race will not take place today.

Open letter to Sun Peaks’ management

I’m bummed that we’re closing early. I won’t pretend otherwise. I was stoked with the snow, the vibe from guests coming and having a good time, the sunny spring weather, and the team I got to work with.

March 17: 

Sun Peaks Resort offers limited use of Orient Chairlift area

As Sun Peaks Resort LLP (SPR) closes for the season as of 4 p.m. March 18 they have announced they will allow limited use of ski runs near the Orient Chairlift.

The area in the East Village will be open for non-motorized uphill traffic, hiking or skiing.

Ohana Deli Market offers seniors shopping hour

Ohana Deli Market in Peaks West is responding to the spread of COVID-19 by offering one hour of shopping from 10 to 11 a.m. to seniors or those who are immunocompromised.

They will also offer a pay what you can soup program everyday for those who are hungry and may currently be left with little income.

Supporting each other in trying times

Well, here we are. I have put off writing this column until almost the last minute before print as the world around us continues to alter in previously unseen ways. First things first, SPIN will continue to operate to keep the community informed, as we can all appreciate how important local news is at times like these.

March 16:

Sun Peaks announces closure on March 18

Sun Peaks Resort LLP (SPR) has announced they will be suspending operations, effective end of day March 18, due to the spread of COVID-19.

Harper Mountain, near Kamloops B.C., has also announced they will suspend all operations effective 4 p.m. March 16.

COVID-19 and Sun Peaks businesses and services

Updates are being made continuously about the status of businesses and services in the community as COVID-19 spreads across Canada and provincial and federal authorities work to control the situation.

Sun Peaks News will update this story with information on the status of local businesses as updates are made.

Hawes comes home with top ten finish despite event cancellations

Athlete Brock Hawes is on his way home to Sun Peaks after two events were cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19.

Health Centre will not accept patients with COVID-19 symptoms

The Sun Peaks Community Health Centre is asking patients displaying symptoms of CVOID-19, a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, not to come to the clinic.

Local businesses and industry hit by COVID-19 spread

Businesses in the community are taking extra precautions as the COVID-19 pandemic reaches B.C.

As provincial and federal governments put more restrictions on travel and gatherings, large events and festivals set to be hosted in Sun Peaks this month have been cancelled.

Resorts shut across the west

Since Whistler announced they would be closed from March 15 to 22 due to COVID-19, more resorts across the province have followed suit.

SilverStar Mountain Resort, Cypress Mountain Resort and Whitewater Ski Resort have all closed.

March 14:

Whistler, North American Vail resorts, to close

Whistler Blackcomb will be one of all North American Vail owned resorts to close from March 15 to 22 due to the spread of COVID-19.

March 13: 

Health centre and schools address COVID-19

As COVID-19 spreads in B.C. the Sun Peaks Community Health Centre is asking residents to monitor how they feel and call for assistance and information if needed.

Sun Peaks remains open, cancels events due to COVID-19

Weeks after COVID-19 started spreading around the world it’s impact has reached Sun Peaks. Racers in the community for the U16 Canadian Alpine Nationals were told to head home early after the cancellation of the event on the evening of March 12.


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