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, and downtime to rest up for the next day’s adventures.
Fortunately, guests will find that Sun Peaks 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 (well, except the school). 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, er, eating and resting, for you in our quest to bring you the best spots to eat and stay in Sun Peaks resort.
Where to Eat in Sun Peaks
A local favourite open all day long, 5Forty Café serves up tasty egg dishes for breakfast, and paninis, 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 also has wraps, sandwiches and baked goods available throughout the day.
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. Do 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 service 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 of fresh local ingredients and menu items, including the ‘best homemade burger on the block.” I thoroughly enjoyed that burger and can attest to its juicy yumminess. 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, a collection of her ski memories, trophies and even her Olympic medals. As Canada’s Female Athlete of the 20th Century and Sun Peaks’ Director of Skiing, Nancy lives in town and is still going strong, meeting guests weekly for ski outings and hikes.
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 for more variations on the poutine theme than you can (or want) to imagine. They also have gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options available, though I’m 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 travelling families with ease.
Masa’s Bar + Grill
Masa’s is centrally located in the Village Day Lodge and is 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 après after a great day of skiing or bike riding.
Morrisey’s Public House
Morrisey’s is a fun Irish-style pub where visitors and locals can meet up at the end of the day. 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 favourite 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.
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. Themed on Canadian history and with ingredients from the past like bison, berries, bannock and local fish, this restaurant serves dinner only and is located in Kookaburra Lodge. They have board games to keep kids busy or encourage family play while enjoying a leisurely meal.
Where to Stay in Sun Peaks
As far as Sun Peaks accommodation goes, there are many 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 no accommodation choice is too far from the hills or the village itself, which is a great bonus. Even if you choose to stay a bit further away, the free Sun Peaks shuttle constantly makes the rounds in 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.
We’ve stayed in a variety of accommodation at Sun Peaks over the years. Most recently, we enjoyed a hosted stay at the 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.