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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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Georgetown, Texas
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217 reviews 217 reviews
66 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It was worth the cost of the bus to get to where the hiking starts. It is possible to pay a one way fare and hike down. The flowers were great a few weeks ago and scenery amazing. It's possible to see why Lonely Planet ranks this as the #1 hike in Canada. It's highly advisable to make a reservation... More

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Ontario
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Loved wandering the trails in the sunshine. Mountain views and expansive meadows full of wildflowers (not yet opened because of a late summer). Early avoids the crowds.

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Calgary, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This was a fabulous hike. It was a hot day and so beautiful up there. It requires some work to plan as you need to book bus ahead of time if you do not want to wait. We booked online the day before and the earliest bus we could get was 1200. Price to take our family of 6 up... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We were wary b/c of the price of the bus trip, but it was a great afternoon of hiking w/ amazing views. DO IT IN THE MORNING! Call for reservations or show up really, really early & expect to wait for the next available spot on the bus.

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Calgary, Canada
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16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

My husband and I have lived in AB for over 30 years and never thought of doing this hike - I'm so glad that we waited for a special occasion. To celebrate our 28th anniversary we booked the shuttle in and packed a picnic complete with bottle of sparkling juice & plastic champagne glasses (yes - we packed all our... More

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Israel
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81 reviews 81 reviews
30 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We hiked Sunshine meadows a couple of days ago. It is a great hike - really on of the best in the Rockies. The practical info: - We are a family with young kids (the youngest 5 years old). We did the complete circle, including going up to Standish view point and the detour to Monarch viewpoint. The total distance... More

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Tustin, California
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The scenery and wildflowers were spectacular. Within an easy/intermediate hike you get great mountain and meadow views, three picturesque lakes, and clean alpine air. The price for the shuttle bus is steep ($26), but you should not miss this hike!

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New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The flowers and lakes, the mountains and the good trails. Disliked the flies. One has to get a ride on a bus from the parking lot to the trails. You need reservation and it is about $28

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Gorgeous meadows to hike. Easy ride from Banff. Be sure to book the bus to the meadows before you go. The operation could have scheduled the return bus trips Dow to the lodge better.

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Perth, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is a great chance to walk in a unique environment in an alpine meadow. The staff on hand were really helpful and informative. However, we were a bit perturbed about how the buses worked - it's a long uphill to the start of the trail, so unless you're a serious walker you need the bus. We got up to... More

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