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“A Natural Gem” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sunshine Meadows

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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Calgary, Canada
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“A Natural Gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

I've grown up in Calgary, so all my life I've been to the mountains.
Sunshine is consistently one of the best resorts for ski or snowboard and that is due to the all natural snow status.
The area is blanketed in natural beauty second to none and the Village up the mountain is quaint, quiet and secluded. There are places to to eat, drink and relax whilst up on top.
The Gondola DOES NOT RUN all hours of the nite, so if you're looking to go to Banff for the evening you need to be aware that the Gondola will stop running about 5:30ish.

Visited February 2013
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“Amazing hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

My husband and I booked a half day private guided hike in September 2012. We had perfect weather, and the best hike of my life to date.. While it wasn't cheap, it was the highlight of our Canada holiday.

We are quite active, outdoors people, but also were a bit daunted by alpine hiking (being from Australia), so we wanted a guided hike. The best thing about a guided hike (other than the general confidence of having a knowledge guide with bear spray), was the ability to go off-trail. We hiked across meadows, up Quartz ridge (a real climb!), and were taken to places with stunning views. Once we left the main trail, we didn't see a single other person.

I wouldn't recommend Sunshine Meadows for people who don't have a reasonable level of fitness, but neither do you have to be an experienced hiker. If you get a guide, they will tailor the hike to your fitness and ability- our hike was perfect for us- made us feel challenged, but always safe and within our limits. We were rather exhausted when we got back to Banff!

If you don't want to pay for a guide, there appeared to be some well marked trails which allow people unfamiliar with the area to still do some decent half day hikes.

If you are going in September, make sure you take food with you- the cafe wasn't properly open and choices were limited.

Visited September 2012
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Bath, England, United Kingdom
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“amazing views - perfect for a warm summer day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

sunshine meadows falls on the great divide - where you cross from alberta to BC. A great chance to visit two provinces in one day. The hikes range from easy to expert. Just remember to book the bus early as it is the only way to access the meadows!

Visited January 2013
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“Nice place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

You have to take the bus to get to the top, which does go on strange schedule and costs about 90$ for the family of four. You don't need to buy anything in advance, just walk in and buy the tickets when you arrive. We got to the parking area at 10:30 to get to 11:00 bus, but we still managed to get inside 10am bus that was about half full. Trails are well managed and worth the visit in mid-late July when all the flowers are in peak blossom. We got there in August and it seems we have missed the best time to visit, but it was still a great place for the afternoon walk and worth the price of bus ride.

Visited August 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“surprise at the top!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We loved this hike the best. Did it with kids (8 and 4) loved the views. There were no flowers when we went but it was beautiful nonetheless. Less popular therefore there were hardly any people around. Would strongly recomend it. Spectacular 360 degree views. There is a bus ride involved after you park your car. Take mosquito repellant if going summer.

Visited August 2012
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