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“Superb Skiing at Sunshine” 5 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 #7 of 56 Activities in Banff
Type: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Superb Skiing at Sunshine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed 5 days of skiing at Sunshine. Great weather and great snow. Lots of runs to suit our ability (Intermediate) and not at all crowded. Quite often we had a whole piste completely to ourselves.

Visited January 2015
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“So Pretty!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This is a must do hike in the area to see natural beauty. There are wild flowers and natural lakes. Book a bus to the top and wear layers for changing weather.

Visited July 2014
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Witney, United Kingdom
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Large open area for walking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This area does of course serve as a ski resort in the winter, but we enjoyed it at its summer best. The journey up and down in the old school buses is quite an experience, but is the only practical way of getting to the starting point. There are several choices of route, and they are quite well marked. The views are of course worth the effort. There are food and loo facilities both ends of the bus ride.

Visited July 2014
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Vernon, Canada
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135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
“Great Hike - worth the price of admission”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We did this in summer of 2014, after reading about it year after year. We finally took the plunge and paid for the bus ride up there (worth it as it is a long ways!).
You start off from the Gondola terminal at the parking lot and you climb into some old school buses. Its too bad they don't run the gondola in summer as I am sure this would be a way more fun way of getting to the top (and the views would be far superior to the bus windows)
At the top, you are dropped off at the village day lodge and given some basic instructions on where the trails are, how often the buses run,etc.

After that you start hiking. The first bit is really uphill until you plateau in a large valley. The views around you are spectacular and there is plenty to look at.

You hike in a large loop and pass several lakes. At one point, you are actually overlooking a large cliff and valley, which is just fantastic to see.

Probably the best part of the entire hike is when you climb up to an observation platform, near the top of one of the lifts, here you can see all that you have hike during the day, as well as many surrounding mountains.

Their advertising rates this as one of the premier hikes in the Canadian rockies and they are right, particulary if you can hit this during the flower blooms. We were just at the tail end of the bloom.

Visited August 2014
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Calgary, Canada
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“Great hikes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Sunshine Meadows is nice at several times of the year. Late summer for the wildflowers! Late Sept and early Oct. for the turning larches! Great that you can take the bus up and then hike around.

Visited October 2014
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