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Sunshine Meadows

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1 Sunshine access Rd | Trailhead at Sunshine Village, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1J5, Canada
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Located only a short distance, 16km/10m, from the Town of Banff, the pristine beauty of Sunshine Meadows is easily accessible for everyone, and can be best experienced and enjoyed through the relaxed comfort of our facilities. Take a ride up to the skies in Banff’s biggest gondola (8-passenger cabin capacity) with room for the whole family. Start at the base at an elevation of 1,660 m and ride the gondola 4.6km to the top gondola village terminal at 2,164 m where the Alpine Village is located. Take in all the views of the valley, mountain peaks and wildlife. Once you have reached the top – the Sunshine Village area, or just “the Village” – stop in at our new interpretive center before embarking on an exploration of the six diverse, graveled hiking trails, that wind their way through three alpine lakes, waterfalls and flower filled meadows covering more than 12 Km through the Sunshine Meadows. For a more revealing experience, join one of our hosted trail tours and enjoy learning about the wonders of the alpine world of Sunshine Meadows and more as you through some of Banff National Park’s most spectacular spots. Feel on top of the world when you summit Mt Standish via our Standish Express Sightseeing Chairlift. With an elevation of 2,400m/7,875ft, it will give you a full 360 degree view of the area. From here you can enjoy an unobstructed view the famous Mount Assiniboine – the Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies at 3,618m/ 11,871ft – as well as other joys on the horizon, such as Rock Isle, Laryx and Grizzly Alpine lakes. There are three retail stores awaiting you for all your hiking essentials and Canadian Rockies souvenirs. After taking in the captivating views, indulge in one of our six licensed food outlets, including four fully serviced restaurants, including a BBQ deck of outside Mad Trapper’s Smokehouse. Come by to wind down with a drink before making your way back down the gondola.
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1 Sunshine access Rd | Trailhead at Sunshine Village, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1J5, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

Wow......beautiful ! Long gondola ride, first of all in a closed gondola then a short open one which was great. The views were fantastic and lots of lovely walks. Lakes, mountains and flowery meadows...... this place has it all! Best of all..... no crowds! Cafe...More

Thank SRH44
Reviewed 3 days ago

So beautiful. Even though when we went most of the trails were closed due to continued snow drifts, it was worth it. The gondola takes you up I think 2000 feet (maybe more) and drops you off at the ski village mid mountain. From there...More

Thank chatternc
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at the Lodge and every night I walked the meadows just before bed. The evening stayed light well into the late hours 11pm! THe photos do not do justice to the immense beauty

1  Thank Spenzac I
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing hiking location with beautiful views of alpine meadows about treeline. The Standish Ridge/Rocky Isle lake loop is an excellent hike for scenery and wildflower photography. I'm up there a few times each Summer with guests for my private alpine photography tours.

1  Thank BMphotoTours
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful hike through alpine meadows and rocky outcroppings. You'll see many wildflowers and small animals such as ground squirrels and marmots. I recommend taking the shuttle from sunshine village to the trailhead as the hike up the road is steep and boring....More

Thank Harmonize
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I recently took the ski lift up to Sunshine Meadows and hiked around in the beautiful scenery. It was NOT crowded, the views were stupendous and the trails we took were not difficult.

1  Thank KayG32
Reviewed 1 week ago

The view of Sunshine Meadows from the observation deck is stunning. I regret I did not leave enough time to hike down the mountain and explore more.

Thank MTM_321
Reviewed 1 week ago

The weather was beautiful, so we decided we could go high into the mountains without getting cold. This turned out to be one of my favorite places on Earth. The views were all stunning. The little wildflowers were all in bloom. The hikes were strenuous...More

Thank JannaFitz
Reviewed 1 week ago

The gondola and chair lift take you to the highest alpine meadow in the Rockies. The views of surrounding mountains and alpine lakes are spectacular. The meadow is truly beautiful. Full of interesting plants and flowers. We kept stopping for more and more pictures because...More

Thank D Anne S
Reviewed 1 week ago

First a 20 minute Gondola ride and then you can hike or take a chair lift even further up and hike around or down to the Gondola. Alot of great trails. The wild flowers right now are stunning. Many times the views of the mountains,...More

Thank Julie F
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January 21, 2017|
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Response from Banffyoga | Reviewed this property |
the ski area is usually open until the May (24th) long weekend, so snow shoeing is likely available til then. Then the area is closed until summer operation is usually end of June to end of Sept.
Michele L
September 27, 2016|
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Response from Lindsay G | Property representative |
Hi there! The shuttles and the gondola will not be open during this time and typically there is quite a bit of snow on the trails, so they are closed for hiking. Come visit us next summer. Take care, Lindsay
Abas A
August 28, 2016|
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Response from Lindsay G | Property representative |
Hi there, Dogs are allowed on the trails (on a leash), but are unfortunately not allowed on the Sunshine Gondola or shuttles busses. Thanks!