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Sunshine Meadows

Sunshine Road | Banff National Park, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
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Ranked #3 of 32 Attractions in Banff
Type: Hiking Trails
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Buffalo, New York, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This was a highlight of our late August Canadian Rockies trip, and our favorite short hike. I initially questioned whether it would be too big of a time commitment and was skeptical about reserving and paying for a bus shuttle, but both of these concerns were non-issues. I reserved the 10:00 a.m. shuttle for a weekday and it was seamless,... More

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Montreal, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

First of all, Sunshine Meadows is located at the top of Sunshine Village ski resort in Banff. In order to get to the top to begin the hike, it is recommended to hop on the optional shuttle at the main building. It can be booked in advance via their website. This is what we did and it was a great... More

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

This is one of the highlights of our Banff vacation. We made reservations for the bustour through internet but were not able to print the receipt. We showed up at the ticketoffice stating that we couldn't print our reservation. It was not a problem at all, our tickets were ready. An old schoolbus takes you uphill for five km and... More

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San Diego, California, United States
14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Book the 2-way bus shuttle, it's well worth it! If you hike up the 5km road, your going to be exhuasted when you arrive at the village and not have much left for the trails. I was a little skeptical about paying to go hiking, but the views on the trails are breathtaking and the trails are well maintained. Go... More

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Portland, OR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We were on the first busup and went in the opposite direction of the lakes and glad we did. We saw no one until we hit rock island lake. It really is a great starting point forlonger backcountry hikes. It was a little steeper in the beginning than I anticipated based on other reviews but well worth it.

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Calgary, Canada
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We really enjoyed our time spent on the summit of the Sunshine resort. Within 7km of loop trail, we`ve in Alberta and BC, seen 3 different lakes, numerous mountains, prairie flowers, creeks, etc... It's really worth the detour. Was very nice the place with no snow. Been to ski many times there so the place was familiar. Just wish the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This is not a particularly strenous hiking area unless you chosse to hike to the passes. We did the Twin Cairns loop,the STandish viewpoint and then went around Grizzly and Laryx Lakes and then finished with Rock Isle Lake. We took the 9:00 shuttle up (make reservations- there were no empty seats until the noon bus when we checked in).... More

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Glenelg, Maryland
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135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This is a beautiful hike through some gorgeous country. There is a long uphill walk just to get to the hike, but don't let that deter you. The scenery is beautiful. The first lake - Rock Isle Lake is just gorgeous. The small, treed island in the middle reminds me a bit of Wild Goose Island in Glacier National Park.... More

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West Carrollton, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

When we first got there, we chose the trail with the 3 lakes. We walked quite a ways and just saw masses of fireweed, which, although beautiful, was a little disappointing that there wasn't more variety. When we passed Rock Isle Lake, we started seeing masses of flowers and all kinds of different varieties. The walk was great, the views... More

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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We caught the bus to Sunshine Village and hiked to Rock Isle lake and back. The hike took 2 and a half hours with some decent stops. The hike is easy and very pretty. So different than most other hikes we did in the Rockies. Highly recommended.

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