TRU and Sun Peaks, a four-season, destination mountain resort 50 kms north of Kamloops, British Columbia, are partners in the Alliance for Mountain Environments, which brings together students, faculty, and industry professionals in projects that share and mobilize knowledge creation and application.

For this particular project, upper-level students sought to push the boundaries of what is generally possible on maps, attempting to convey the spirit of the resort and community of Sun Peaks, to go “beyond the brochure.”

We imagine our user to be someone from away, seeking a mountain resort guest experience in the interior of British Columbia. All trail and village maps of the sixteen or so resorts look almost identical -- students were challenged to imagine an alternative map, one that could convey the sense of place and the spirit of the community beyond the regular online brochure, so that users could make more informed decisions.

Special Thanks to all our Authors


Vanessa Agassiz, Kyle Bartel, Wayne Cardinal, Ashten Curtis, Sarah Doucet, Racheal Estok, Hamza Hasan, Cory Hope, Amy Iredale, Jack Jones, Steven Lee, Tyler Lowey, Julia Marks, Margie Massier, Elyssa Pompa, Sam Redding, Kathleen Scherf, Cindy Seto, Jamie Tattersfield, Brendan Theriault, and David White

This is just the beginning of this deep map of Sun Peaks, as other classes, and perhaps other users, will contribute to it in the future. If you have comments on this deep map, if you have ideas about what we could add, or if you have some content you’d like us to consider, please email us at Thanks for dropping by—we hope your virtual visit will turn into a real one!

Content has been organized into 7 different map 'themes'. You can move the maps around and zoom in and out. Clicking on any of these icons will take you to various forms of rich content, through which we hope to provide you a sense of the place.

The following icons indicate different types of content located on the map:

Still Photos
Educational Information
People Profiles and Interviews
Environmental Facts
Accommodation Information
Accommodation Information
Restaurant Information

We have tried to honour the cartography of mapping by placing the icons in the spots where the content actually exists or occurs at Sun Peaks; as a result, you will note that icons are sometimes grouped together quite closely; if you click on the bunch, they will separate out.

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Site design: Next Step Media. Mapping Application: Truvian Labs