From Chase to Sun Peaks

Summer Sunset over Little Shuswap Lake - Village Chase, BC, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

July 29, 2012: Summer Sunset over Little Shuswap Lake at Village Chase, BC


There are two ways to get to Sun Peaks Resort from Town Chase:

  1. Back Road: Travel from Town Chase on gravel road through Native Indian Reserve Land to the east gate of Sun Peaks Resort
  2. Highway: Travel from Town Chase on Trans-Canada Highway 1 to Kamloops (about 55km), then drive north 25km on Yellowhead Highway 5 to Heffley Creek Community, and finally turn east to Tod Mountain Road, and drive all the way 33km to west gate of Sun Peaks Resort

Even though the second route via Kamloops has a longer distance. Time-wise, both routes probably takes about the same amount of trip time, about 90min. The reason is the gravel route limits the driving speed to 50km/hr or less, despite its far shorter distance. Another disadvantage of traveling on gravel route is the risks of damage to the underside of the car due to flying loose gravels and rocks.

This was my first time visitng Sun Peaks Resort. I figured it would be shorter to drive on the gravel route, but it took me 90min to get to the east gate of the resort!!! It was kinda scary for several reasons. First, I traveled alone. Second, it was on gravel road near sunset hours, around 8:30pm. I didn’t see any car passing by throughout the whole trip! Third, it was within the Native Indian Reserve, so there were not any road sign direction to the resort, except only one in the half-way mark of the trip! GPS is definitely essential to get to the correct route!!!

Road from Chase to Sun Peaks Resort through First Nation Reserve Land - Little Shuswap Lake, British Columbia, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

July 29, 2012: On my way from Chase to Sun Peaks Resort, I had to pass through this Native Indian Reserve. Tough drive. GPS required. Looked beautiful with sunset colour, though.

Road from Chase to Sun Peaks Resort through First Nation Reserve Land - Little Shuswap Lake, BC, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

July 29, 2012: a lake in this Native Indian Reserve. I believe this lake is Niskonlith Lake Provincial Park.



Road from Chase to Sun Peaks Resort through First Nation Reserve Land - Little Shuswap Lake, British Columbia, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

July 29, 2012: Close-up view of the lake.

Road from Chase to Sun Peaks Resort through First Nation Reserve Land - Little Shuswap Lake, BC, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

July 29, 2012: This was what the gravel road looked like on my way from Chase to Sun Peaks Resort. It wasn't that bad. It's just that it's so isolated with virtually no road sign, so definitely GPS is needed to get to the correct destination. When I drove on this gravel, it was at dusk hours. I didn't encounter any car at all. I traveled solo and relied on my GPS. There was only one sign in the mid-way of the entire trip. The sign also indicates the road is closed in the winter.

Spirit Island on an Unknown Lake during Road Trip from Chase to Sun Peaks Resort through First Nation Reserve Land - Little Shuswap Lake, British Columbia, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

July 29, 2012: A little Spirit Island on this unknown lake (Niskonlith Lake???) during my trip from Chase to Sun Peaks Resort through a Native reserve.



Gravel Road Trip from Chase to Sun Peaks Resort through First Nation Reserve Land - Little Shuswap Lake, BC, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

July 29, 2012: A household is living by this lake.

Gravel Road Trip from Chase to Sun Peaks Resort through First Nation Reserve Land - Little Shuswap Lake, British Columbia, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

July 29, 2012: Close-up view of a household in a Native reserve. This was my last photo during driving, since it was getting dark. I didn't want to get lost in this isolated reserve land.

Morning at Sun Peaks Resort - Sun Peaks Village, BC, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

July 30, 2012: Next morning at Sun Peaks Resort.

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