Opinions & Letters

Live large, locally

 | June 19, 2012

Publisher's Note
With the summer season just over the early June monsoon horizon, the locals and businesses at Sun Peaks are gearing up for a busy summer season with shows, concerts, farmers markets and festivals planned each weekend from the end of June until the end of September.

So what makes this summer different than previous summers? Well firstly there’s the $300,000 grant from the Province through the Resort Municipality Initiative that’s helping the folks at Tourism Sun Peaks focus on bringing more summer activities and large events to the resort. This will drive more summer tourist traffic, more resort recognition in other markets and more heads in beds as it were.

With concerts like Kevin Costner and Modern West on July 7 and a yet to be announced “big name” rock act in early September, Sun Peaks will be the place to be this summer.

So what can we do as local residents to add to this huge push to drive summer business to the resort?

Well, we can all stay put at home and tell all our friends and family to come visit us this summer. Like in many towns, people talk about trips here or there during the summer months, but we don’t need to get out of dodge when all the fun is coming to our own backyard!

It’s funny how in the winter months Sun Peaks locals will get down to their last cracker in the cupboard before even thinking of going to Kamloops to shop for food for fear of missing even a trace of powder snow, but in the summer months it often seems like mass exodus to the Shuswap.

With the Wine and Culture Festival, the B.C. Cup Mountain Bike races, the Beer and Whiskey Festival, the Alpine Blossom Festival, a Women’s Wellness Weekend and a traditional beer soaked Oktoberfest taking place, why go anywhere this summer?

While not all summer events fit all our personal habits or likes, the 2012 summer season will be the best time for you to show off the place you live to your friends and family and have a blast, all while sleeping in your own bed.

On a personal note, the highlight of my summer will be when the legendary Vancouver party band “She Stole My Beer” takes to the village stage on Saturday, August 4. This is certainly one of the great shows to not miss this summer.

In closing, and on a different note, I’d like to say a kind farewell to Sun Peaks Municipal Chief Administrative Officer Byron Johnson who’s returning to Quesnel to fill the CAO shoes he left when he came to Sun Peaks. Byron worked very hard with the mayor and council over the last two years to get the Sun Peaks Municipality off the ground, and much of his work allowed the municipality to access some of the grant funds we see being used to make Sun Peaks a better place to live and work. Thanks Byron, you’ll be missed.