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Sunshine Meadows

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Address: Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1J5, Canada
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Ride Banff’s biggest gondola (8-passenger cabin capacity) with the whole...

Ride Banff’s biggest gondola (8-passenger cabin capacity) with the whole family. Start at the base at an elevation of 1,660 m and ride the gondola to the top Village terminal at 2,164 m. Take in all the views of the valley and wildlife.

From the Village, ride the Standish Chairlift to over 2,400 m and experience the 360 degree breathtaking views.

Enjoy hiking the trails of world famous Sunshine Meadows

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Banff Sunshine Village Sightseeing Gondola and Scenic Chairlift Package
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Beautiful and peaceful

This is just a wonderful place to go for a day hike. The lakes are beautiful, the area has loads of birds, deer and chipmuncks. The flowers were gorgeous too, and the view of the... read more

Reviewed April 1, 2017
Charlotte H

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Reviewed April 1, 2017

This is just a wonderful place to go for a day hike. The lakes are beautiful, the area has loads of birds, deer and chipmuncks. The flowers were gorgeous too, and the view of the tree-covered valley was breath-taking. The hike is not very demanding and could be done by practically anyone. I would definitely recommend going here if you... More 

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Reviewed March 31, 2017

It is not cheap to get to Sunshine meadows since it requires a bus trip but it shaves off considerable time if you plan a multi day hike.The best time is the beginning of August when the meadows are in full bloom. There are easy trails that could be done in a couple of hours or it could be the... More 

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Ningbo, China
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Reviewed February 19, 2017

Not many people but very very beautiful. Great for hiking. There are both short and long trail. Can also see small animals. It is a must do if you have time.

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Canmore, Canada
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Reviewed December 9, 2016

Great day trip for the whole family. I would recommend taking the gondola up but the shuttle is cheaper. Wonder trails and the lakes are beautiful. Check the weather report before heading out, this trip would be a lot less fun in foul weather! Some parts are fairly hilly which can be taxing for little kids, be forewarned!

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Strathmore, Canada
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Reviewed December 9, 2016

We arrived early in the morning with our picnic lunch. The staff were very efficient at the font desk where we bought our tickets, We then took the 20 minute ride up the gondola to the Sunshine Village. From here we took the Standish Chairlift up to the top of Standish Mountain where we walk onward into Sunshine meadows. The... More 

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Orillia, Canada
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Reviewed November 25, 2016

My friend and I took the bus/shuttle up to Sunshine Village where we hit the Sunshine Meadows trail for a 12km walk! It was incredible!!! 100s of pics of water, flowers, trees, and mountains! It was not a hike really, more of a really long and beautiful walk, highly recommend it to anyone who just wants to take a day... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 17, 2016 via mobile

Absolute highlight of our Canadian trip. Can't put into words how stunning the sunshine meadows were in August, beautiful sunny day, stunning scenery. Marmots and pika everywhere hiding on rocks. Saw an osprey and a bald eagle. Do not miss this hike!!!

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North Mackay, Australia
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Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

We got the 8am ( the earliest) shuttle up to the Village and the handful of other people dispersed quickly. We headed up to Grizzly and Larix Lakes and didn't see anyone else for 1 1/2 hours of walking through the vast beautiful meadows. Perfect! The 11.6 km circuit, including the haul up to Standish Lookout for the huge panoramic... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed November 5, 2016

We hiked this trail in mid-July when the wildflowers were in full bloom (see pic) and again in mid-September after a light snowfall (see pic). In July we did the entire loop but neglected to hike up to Standish viewpoint - a mistake we did not make in September. The views from Standish are nothing short of spectacular!

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Lindsay G, Public Relations Manager at Sunshine Meadows, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting us twice this summer and for the lovely review. We hope to see you on the slopes this winter! Warm regards, Lindsay Gallagher Sunshine Village More 

Stromstad, Sweden
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Reviewed November 1, 2016

Easy car access just off the Transcanadian Highway near Banff. For off-season weekdays the car park is well-dimensioned and your chance of getting on the bus that takes you up to the trailhead on the private gravel road is much higher than at Lake O'Hara. The internet reservation system seemed to suffer from malfunctions when we booked but a direct... More 

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Lindsay G, Public Relations Manager at Sunshine Meadows, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the review of your experience hiking at Sunshine Meadows. I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed the views of our high-alpine lakes and the beautiful Rocky Mountain peaks. Thank you for reminding people to stay on the trail as well. Warm regards, Lindsay Gallagher Sunshine Village More 

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