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Address: Sunshine Road | Banff National Park, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L1J5, Canada
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book the shuttle bus in advance

book the shuttle bus, online, in advance - we were on the 8am bus. Some hikers had not booked and hoped there would cancellations or no shows. As this is one of the most popular... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

book the shuttle bus, online, in advance - we were on the 8am bus. Some hikers had not booked and hoped there would cancellations or no shows. As this is one of the most popular hikes in the area in August, they were in for a long wait; there was no availability until 10am. if you do not book and... More 

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

If you are an outdoor and hiking lover, you have to go to Sunshine Meadows. Don`t forget to book the bus to Sunshine in advance, as during the summer it could be very busy.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is our favourite hike in Banff. What a beautiful trail. It is an easy trail with You can choose to ride a bus to the top or hike up. The bus ride is 15 minutes but the hike is approximately 2 hours (5 km) up a non-scenic dusty road. Cons: It's confusing and there's not really any directions on... More 

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Portage la Prairie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I can't believe that I lived in Banff for three years and never came up here to hike. Sunshine meadows is one of the most beautiful places to hike that I have ever been. We went away from the flow of the bus up the back loop through the forest to beautiful views of the mountainside, then around to the... More 

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Hoboken, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

An expensive ride for a school bus, but a beautiful hike away from the crowds. Once you are dropped at the top it's still a steep climb to get going. But the wildflowers, mountaintop lakes and relative quiet are definitely worth it. Surprisingly there are quite a few latrines available along the route.

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Crozet, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Sunshine Meadows is a must-do hike near Banff. It is about a half-day (at least) depending upon how much of the trails around the lakes and meadows you want to explore. It was a cloudy day when we went, and I thought it might be a disappointment, but it only added to the mystical quality of the setting. We went... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We did not know about this area until we picked up a flyer that said it was the #1 hike in the area - how could we not check it out? You have to take a shuttle bus from the bottom - get there early. At the top we had a light lunch at The Mad Trapper - a cafe/bar/gift... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Beautiful hiking. An additional "plus" is that there are places to rest along the way (benches) in case you get tired or winded. Every place you turn is another great vista. Wonderful visit.

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Minneapolis MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This was a second trip to Sunshine Meadows. It's high up there with a few challenging hills to go up but once you're on the trails it's a wonderful area with maybe about 10-15 miles of hiking trail options. Beautiful small mountain lakes, lots of benches, even a few outhouses along the way. Loved the Simpson overlook.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

It would be a very good idea to take the shuttle bus to Sunshine village to save the time and effort of getting above tree line. You get to see three lakes, some stunning vista points and a lot of flowers, We saw a lot of bear diggings but no bears were visible

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