Discover the Beauty of BC Hiking Trails
Experience British Columbia hiking at its best! Start your adventure right from the village, or enjoy a relaxing ride up the Sunburst chairlift and start from 6,000' high above the Shuswap Highlands below.
Explore our mountain playground with 16 hiking trails that range from relaxing strolls to exhilarating summits. During Alpine Blossom Season, mid-July to mid-August, take in the vibrant blooms of Indian Paintbrush, Tiger Lilies, Fireweed, and more. Check out the detailed Sun Peaks Flora & Fauna Guide to anticipate what you can expect to see.
July 15, 2015: Now's the perfect time to hit the hiking trails and revel in the peacefulness and natural beauty of the alpine wildflowers. With warmer than average spring and summer temperatures, the wildflowers started blooming in early June (much earlier than normal) and have now been in full bloom for a few weeks. The meadows are bursting with bright colours of Arctic Lupine, Indian Paintbrush, Red Columbine, Tiger Lily, and other flowers. You can even smell the sweet scents as you ascend the chairlift to the trailheads. The recommended route this week is #2 (Crystal Bowl Loop) to #5 (Top of the World) to #6 (Juniper Ridge).
|Photo: Mary Putnam||Sunrise on Juniper Ridge. Photo: Kelly Funk|
August 6, 2014: Photos were taken on Saturday, August 2 during the annual 'Reach the Peak' Tod Mountain Summit Guided Hike. The wildflowers on Tod Mountain are holding up very well going into August and you'll still see dense meadows with many varietals. Reports from this weekend's guides, including local resident and Olympic Champion, Nancy Greene, indicate that the flowers are the best they've ever seen them at the higher elevations. This week's recommended hike is #7 West Bowl Trail to #12 Tod's Backside Trail to #11 Tod Peak Trail, finally returning to the chairlift via #9 Gil's Trail. Happy hiking!
|Tod Peak Trail||Tod Peak Trail|
July 30, 2014: These images were taken on Sunday, July 27. As you make your way up the Top of the World trail you'll still see a nice variety of many of the wildflowers. The Red Columbine are on their last stretch and the Fireweed is now starting to bloom at the higher elevation. The wildflowers on the Juniper Ridge Loop are still holding strong, offering a picturesque meadow of Arctic Lupines, Indian Paintbrush and others, against the backdrop of the village below. The West Ridge Trail also offers stunning meadows with thousands of flowers, great for photo opportunities. This Saturday, August 2, join the guided hike to Tod Summit and Tod Lake with Nancy Greene and other local guides. Hikers are to meet at the base of Sunburst chairlift at 9:30am, lift ticket in hand. It is a 4–5 hour round trip.
|Juniper Ridge Loop||West Ridge Trail|
July 23, 2014: You'll now find most of the wildflowers in bloom on Tod Mountain and the meadows have filled in nicely since last week. Purples, reds, yellows and pinks appear to have been painted in casual strokes across the mountainside, providing for beautiful photo opportunities. Larkspur were just starting to pop up last week and we'll likely see Fireweed starting to bloom in the upper elevation next week, as it is one of the late bloomers. For easy access to the lower meadows, try the Crystal Bowl Loop, #2 on the trail map.
|Juniper Ridge Loop||Gil's Trail|
July 16, 2014: The alpine wildflowers season on Tod Mountain has begun early this summer. A wet June and recent hot temperatures have provided the perfect environment for the flowers to start blooming. Young Arctic Lupines and Indian Paintbrush are in abundance in the meadows on the Juniper Ridge Loop. On the lower elevation Vista Trail you'll find plenty of Columbia Lilies and Red Columbines, and the Larkspur are just starting to pop up.
|Juniper Ridge Loop||Vista Trail|