As Canada’s second largest ski area, Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia has all the elements you’d expect for great family holidays. Great champagne powder skiing in winter, biking and hiking in beautiful wildflower-covered hills in summer, and seasonal activities galore. Of course, doing all of those great outdoor activities requires fuel in the form of food and drink, as well as downtime to rest up for the next day’s adventures. That’s where our guide on where to eat in Sun Peaks Resort comes in.
Fortunately, visitors will find that Sun Peaks Resort is a fully mature resort town with hotels, vacation rentals, cafes, restaurants, grocery stores and even a school attended by local kids. This means that all the resort amenities you need and expect are open in both winter and summer seasons. You can be fed, watered and find a comfy place to rest your head at any time of year at Sun Peaks. We’re done the heavy eating and sleeping for you, in our quest to bring you where to eat and stay in Sun Peaks resort.
Where to Eat in Sun Peaks
From caramel apples to sweet crepes, decadent poutine to savoury tortière, you’ll find tasty and nutritious cuisine at these great places to eat at Sun Peaks in every season.
A local favourite open all day long, 5Forty Café serves up tasty egg dishes for breakfast, and paninis, Mexican rice bowls, burgers, fries, wings and much more the rest of the day. Licensed to serve alcohol as early as 9 AM, you can even get a shot of Baileys in your coffee to warm up before heading out for the day.
Another great café spot for morning coffee, Balacco Café at Sundance Lodge has wraps, sandwiches and baked goods available throughout the day.
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Bottoms Bar & Grill
Bottoms Bar & Grill is a popular pub and patio with one of the most lively après scenes in town at any time of year. Visit on Taco Tuesdays to enjoy delicious tacos at very reasonable prices, along with a wide selection of draft beer and specialty drinks.
Cahilty Creek Kitchen & Taproom
Located in Cahilty Lodge, Cahilty Creek Kitchen & Taproom is a warm and inviting restaurant. It serves up delicious food all day long in winter and summer. They’ve got 16 taps of beer, BC cider and wine to accompany their extensive menu. Think fresh local ingredients and menu items, including the ‘best homemade burger on the block.” You can ski or bike in and out via the Gentle Giant ski run.
After dinner, pop into the lobby of the Lodge to see Nancy Greene’s Wall of Fame. Her collection of ski memories, trophies and even her Olympic medals will impress. Greene was voted Canada’s Female Athlete of the 20th Century. As Sun Peaks’ Director of Skiing, she lives in town and still meets guests weekly for ski outings and hikes.
Capone’s Italian Kitchen
Capones Italian Kitchen is a great place for upscale Italian cuisine in the village. Think favorite family-friendly pasta, risotto and seafood meals around the dinner table. Capone’s serves classic premium cocktails and a good selection of local British Columbian and elegant Italian wines.
The European influences in Sun Peaks don’t stop with the village architecture. You can find authentic Swiss cheese fondue at Fondue Stube, in Sun Peaks Lodge. Share a pot of bubbling melted cheese. Or choose a meat or seafood fondue to savor after a day on the slopes. For dessert, the chocolate fondue will prove popular with all ages.
While I’m not the biggest poutine fan in the world, my kids certainly are. It’s like a staple food group with teenagers. Fries, gravy, cheese curds – what’s not to love, they say? If you feel the same way, head to Joe Poutine. They have more variations on the poutine theme than you can (or want) to imagine. They also have gluten free, vegetarian and vegan poutine options available. Though I’m not sure it makes the dish any healthier.
Mantles Restaurant is located in the lower lobby of the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a large, comfortable dining room, and its outdoor patio has a view of the hills and pedestrian village. The breakfast buffet is substantial, though I opted for eggs benedict, which was also substantial as it turned out. The restaurant can accommodate large groups of traveling families with ease.
Masa’s Bar + Grill
Masa’s is centrally located in the Village Day Lodge. It’s a great place to stop for a quick lunch of burgers and fish tacos, or family dinner of grilled chicken or steak. With the largest selection of draft beer in Sun Peaks, it’s also a superb spot to enjoy a lazy après.
Morrisey’s Public House
Morrisey’s is a fun and cosy Irish-style pub where visitors and locals mix and mingle. The food is good, the drink menu is plentiful and FYI, Thursday’s are open mic night.
Mountain High Pizza
With slices and pies that keep the hangries at bay, Mountain High Pizza is a universal favorite with all ages. Dine in, take out, or call for hot pizza delivery to your hotel, condo or vacay rental. All the usual pizza types and styles are available, including The Sting, our hot and spicy family fave.
Mountain Tiger Restaurant
Mountain Tiger features a constantly evolving menu of international cuisine including Chinese, Mexican, Texas BBQ, Italian and Canadian fare.
Oya Sushi Restaurant
Craving California rolls, ramen or a simple noodle bowl? Stop into Oya Restaurant in Hearthstone Lodge to satisfy your sushi needs.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate
It’s not a restaurant or café, but Rocky Mountain Chocolate does serve up some necessary food groups, like chocolate, ice cream and seriously kitted out caramel apples. It’s our family tradition to stop here after an active day on the hill.
Tod Mountain Café
Sweet and savoury crepes (gluten free too), fruit smoothies, and excellent coffee drinks like lattes and cappuccinos await at this Sun Peaks breakfast favourite. We enjoyed Bananarama crepes with bananas and Nutella, a savoury version with ham and cheese, and breakfast bagels that were easy to grab and go.
Step back in time at Voyageur Bistro, located in Kookaburra Lodge. Themed on Canadian history and with ingredients from the past like bison, berries, bannock and local fish, this restaurant is only open for dinner. They have board games to keep kids busy or encourage family play while enjoying a leisurely meal. Reservations are recommended.
Where to Stay in Sun Peaks
Sun Peaks Resort has a wide variety of accommodation options to choose from, including; vacation rentals, Airbnbs, hotels and chalets. Many of the properties are ski in, ski out or just steps away from the lifts in winter.
Sun Peaks village is very compact, so know that no accommodation choice is too far from the hills or the village itself. This is a great bonus for skiing families. Even if you choose to stay a bit further away, the free Sun Peaks shuttle constantly makes the rounds in and around the village.
As Sun Peaks is such a family friendly resort, many of the accommodation choices include full kitchens, multiple bedrooms, and often hot tubs on balcony patios. You can self-cater as much as you wish (again, great for families), or eat out for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre
We’ve stayed in a variety of accommodation at Sun Peaks over the years, including Cahility Creek Lodge and private condos. One of our favorite stays has been at Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre, right in the heart of the pedestrian-only village. This hotel is the resort’s signature property, offering full-service amenities like a health club, three outdoor hot tubs, a heated outdoor swimming pool, massage rooms, and a sauna.
The hotel rooms are spacious and comfortable for families. We enjoyed a double queen room with a small seating area, desk, spacious bathroom, and a large television, more than enough space for our party of three adults. Some suites have views onto the ski hills, which others face the village centre. It was great to be so close to all the restaurants and services in Sun Peaks. We rented our mountain bikes from Elevation which is located in the lower lobby of the hotel, and rode about 30 seconds to the bottom of the Sunburst Express Chair. The location can’t be beat. Click here for more Sun Peaks accommodation options.
Photo Credits: Claudia Laroye, Sun Peaks Resort
Disclosure: The Travelling Mom thanks Sun Peaks Resort and Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre for hosting our stay. As always, our opinions are honest and our own.