Sun Peaks gets two long weekends this month

By James Peters
February 14, 2016 - 3:37pm Updated: February 15, 2016 - 10:57am

SUN PEAKS, B.C. — For the second weekend in a row, Sun Peaks is experiencing extremely high occupancy rates at its hotels and lodges.

Christopher Nicolson of Tourism Sun Peaks says that's a direct result of BC's decision to position its Family Day on the second Monday of February instead of the third.

Nicolson says that means his resort gets BC visitors on the second weekend of the month, and those celebrating Family Day in Alberta or Presidents' Day in the US on the third weekend.

He notes that gives all travelers flexibility.

"The ability to be able to book a long weekend and not have to worry about competing with higher rates, or competing with really difficult occupancy levels at the same time," said Nicolson. "If you had British Columbia's Family Day at the same time as Alberta and Washington, it would be very, very difficult to get in."

Nicolson estimates occupancy at Sun Peaks this weekend was more than 90 per cent.

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