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Sunshine Meadows

Sunshine Road | Banff National Park, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
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Ranked #5 of 33 attractions in Banff
Type: Hiking Trails
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Franklin, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

When you get to the old lodge (after taking the bus up...a MUST do...take the bus up don't try to walk it; you'll be exhausted before you even start your hike) you can go left and take the lakes trail OR you can go off to the right and do the Meadows Trail (which does ultimately go by the lakes).... More

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Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Well worth the entry fee. Every turn gives you a different experience from dark forest, to lake side, to wild flower packed meadow, and incredible mountain peaks. It is hard to believe so much diversity can be packed into one geographic area. Our jackets were pulled on and off several times. The parking lot was packed, yet we saw very... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I went to the sunshine Meadows and did 3 lake hiking. The view was fantastic. Although it's raining half time there. But the view was amusing . The shuttle bus ticket was pricy ,but it's worth it . The flowers was not as much as I thought. But very coulorful. the island among the lake difinately is the king of... More

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Calgary, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The meadows are a carpet of wild flowers, and is worth taking in. This place is child friendly, and the walk through the meadows does not involve major elevation changes. You could make your destination Rock Isle Lake. Nice spot for lunch.

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Garland, Texas
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12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The hike around Sunshine Meadows, to Rock Isle Lake, Grizzly Lake, Larix Lake and the Simpson Viewpoint, is simply fabulous. The flowers were becoming abundant in the second week of July, and the views of the lakes and the valleys were almost unbelievably beautiful. The hike was gentle after the first few hundred meters, and just about anyone used to... More

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I was reluctant to pay for the ride up to the meadow but it was worth it. The 3 lakes were beautiful and the wild flowers were blooming. We spent several hours as we hiked all 3 lakes. Trails were moderate. We did not have small children with us.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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43 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The views are breathtaking and the hike around the 3 lakes is not too taxing. Be sure to bring some snacks and plenty of water though! The lift to the hike is pretty pricy, but well worth it!

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Auburn, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I was skeptical that hiking in a ski area could be any good, but once you hike about a mile and get out of the resort area we found ourselves in an astonishingly beautiful alpine meadow. There were patches of snow left, even in July, but nothing we couldn't hike over. The most obvious hike is up to three lakes... More

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New Jersey
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We visited at the end of June and it was a little early in the season... Some of the trail was still closed (snow covered) so we weren't able to see everything but what we did see was beautiful. I understand that the best time to visit is in August when the wild flowers are in full bloom.

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Upstate New York
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

We snowshoed here with Michael from White Mountain Adventures. It was such a great experience. There had just been 6+ inches of fresh powder and Michael took us on a non- trail adventure, where we had lots of opportunities to run down powder hills. Michael was a pleasure to have as a guide because he paid attention to our needs... More

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