Sun Peaks Celebrates Chinese New Year

Resort in the Canadian Rockies ready for the Year of the Horse

YearOfTheHorseOn the Chinese calendar, January 30 marks the beginning of the Year of the Horse, and the beguiling mountain resort of Sun Peaks , British Columbia, is celebrating  its first Chinese New Year event from January 31 to February 2. Guests and locals can usher in the Year of the Horse with fireworks, traditional decorations, Asian food and cultural activities.

Festivities begin on Friday with the distribution of red envelopes  decorated with characters representing happiness and wealth, and participating  village restaurants feature Asian-inspired cuisine to get diners in the spirit. On Saturday, guests can participate in an afternoon Tai  Chi session, watch street dancers perform and gaze at a freshly hewn, life-sized ice sculpture of a horse. Children’s activities introduce them to the cultural significance of the occasion. The  evening culminates with fire dancing, a Year of the Horse torchlight  parade and traditional Chinese fireworks, all visible from the village base.

The weekend includes a Chinese New Year Dinner on Friday evening Mantles Restaurant. The Sun Peaks Spa is offering a special treatment from January 31 to February 13, featuring a hot foot soak with sunflower petals to wish guests good luck all year, compression, tapotment and reflexology massage techniques and a hydrating mango mandarin butter massage. Capping the weekend’s celebratory offerings is a dim sum brunch (“dim yum!,” I call it) on Sunday.