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Sunshine Meadows

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1 Sunshine access Rd | Trailhead at Sunshine Village, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1J5, Canada
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Think we were amongst the first visitors of the day, so it was really quiet. Took the Gondola... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Mike H
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Best hike of our trip to Canadian Rockies

We drove to Sunshine Village twice for this hike. The first time after Johnston Canyon (I would... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Ming G
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Located only a short distance, 16km/10m, from the Town of Banff, the pristine beauty of Sunshine Meadows is easily accessible for everyone, and can be best experienced and enjoyed through the relaxed comfort of our facilities. Take a ride up to the skies in Banff’s biggest gondola (8-passenger cabin capacity) with room for the whole family. Start at the base at an elevation of 1,660 m and ride the gondola 4.6km to the top gondola village terminal at 2,164 m where the Alpine Village is located. Take in all the views of the valley, mountain peaks and wildlife. Once you have reached the top – the Sunshine Village area, or just “the Village” – stop in at our new interpretive center before embarking on an exploration of the six diverse, graveled hiking trails, that wind their way through three alpine lakes, waterfalls and flower filled meadows covering more than 12 Km through the Sunshine Meadows. For a more revealing experience, join one of our hosted trail tours and enjoy learning about the wonders of the alpine world of Sunshine Meadows and more as you through some of Banff National Park’s most spectacular spots. Feel on top of the world when you summit Mt Standish via our Standish Express Sightseeing Chairlift. With an elevation of 2,400m/7,875ft, it will give you a full 360 degree view of the area. From here you can enjoy an unobstructed view the famous Mount Assiniboine – the Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies at 3,618m/ 11,871ft – as well as other joys on the horizon, such as Rock Isle, Laryx and Grizzly Alpine lakes. There are three retail stores awaiting you for all your hiking essentials and Canadian Rockies souvenirs. After taking in the captivating views, indulge in one of our six licensed food outlets, including four fully serviced restaurants, including a BBQ deck of outside Mad Trapper’s Smokehouse. Come by to wind down with a drink before making your way back down the gondola.
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1 Sunshine access Rd | Trailhead at Sunshine Village, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1J5, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

Think we were amongst the first visitors of the day, so it was really quiet. Took the Gondola first and then the ski-lift to get to the top. The staff were really helpful and informative. Had lunch in the café at the top prior to...More

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 6 days ago

We drove to Sunshine Village twice for this hike. The first time after Johnston Canyon (I would recommend Sunshine Meadows way, way ahead of Johnston). We got to the bus ticket box past 2pm. Felt that we wouldn't have time to hike around, we didn't...More

Thank Ming G
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fortunate to be there on the last day the lift went up and I am so glad we were. This place is so beautiful you will not want to leave. Take the trip to the top and hike a bit to the outlook...More

Thank DonnaT1007
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group of twelve ranged in age from 11 to 73 and we thought a guided tour of Sunshine Meadow would be a good group activity. And, other than meals, it turned out to be the only time we would all be together in the...More

Thank joeyeatsout
Reviewed 1 week ago

An unexpected September snowfall made our visit to Sunshine all the better. We caught the bus up the mountain from the ticket office (the main gondola doesn't run during Sept so the initial trip up the first section of the mountain is by bus) and...More

Thank emzie74
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After skiing at Sunshine Village all Winter it was so great to go hiking up there and see what lies beneath all the snow. It is well worth the trip up. We went on the last day of the Summer/Fall season so took the shuttle...More

Thank Leigh1980
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to do this in the snow and it truly was the most stunningly beautiful walk we have ever done. We walked for 3 hours around all the lakes and could not believe the picture perfect scenery everywhere we looked. You definitely...More

2  Thank YeeHaa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I haven't skied this mountain, so the walk in Summer was quite interesting. Free and ample carparking gave access to the long dog-leg Gondola to the village, where you get on a chair to the top, and walk a short and easy section to a...More

Thank CodyMav
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is well worth the drive (and the cost of the gondola/chair lift) to visit Sunshine Meadows in the summer. The trails are well marked and fairly easy. One of the highlights of Banff.

1  Thank angie5228
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Access to the meadows is by the Sunshine gondola ( $37 each adult) that gets you way up above much of this great looking ski area. The hike is not terribly steep although over 5 miles if you take the trail around all three lakes...More

Thank Patrick M
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KHart-firepepper
21 August 2017|
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Response from KayG32 | Reviewed this property |
We went in early July; no wait. The chairlift portion was one of the most comfortable lifts, I've ever been on.
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1 August 2017|
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Response from JanE468 | Reviewed this property |
There weren't any bears around in July but can't answer the fires question.
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