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Address: Sunshine Road | Banff National Park, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1J5, Canada
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Sunshine Village Sightseeing Gondola and Scenic Chairlift Package
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Absolutely beautiful!

This is just a short drive from Banff (10 minutes). It is a great hiking opportunity. You can choose any of several trail alternatives. I loved the 3 lakes trail. You can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is just a short drive from Banff (10 minutes). It is a great hiking opportunity. You can choose any of several trail alternatives. I loved the 3 lakes trail. You can spend 2 hours or 2 days. Whatever your schedule permits. You will be hiking at about 7500 feet above sea level. Spectacular. Go early.

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Banff
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Whether you are taking the bus or gondola, the quick access to stunning hiking is fantastic. Great hiking options from the village. You can't loose regardless of which trail you take. Great interpretive map for free. Incredible Alpine flowers…bar none.

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

Thank you for this lovely review of Sunshine Meadows. Sunshine Meadows is both a scenic and easy hike to get to whether by Sunshine Gondola or the White Mountain Adventures shuttle. We’ll see you again soon, Banffyoga! Best regards, Lindsay Gallagher Sunshine Village More 

Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was recommended to this area for few hours hiking. I am glad I did. First of all, it has the advantage of having the climbing up done by a old bus. That means that you can start your hiking from an high altitude, and walk into a beautiful alpine terrain - instead of spending your time climing the mountain... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Sunshine Meadows is a fantastic Rockies experience. The gondola ride up is fun (and well worth the price) but when you get off you are in the heart of the Rockies. There are a half dozen trails to explore. These get you to amazing vistas like Monarch Lookout with gentle hikes (30-45 minutes) where elsewhere you would have had hours... More 

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

Thanks very much for visiting our Sunshine Gondola and hiking trails this summer. Sunshine Meadows is a beautiful place and I’m so happy you were able to experience the unforgettable views of the meadows. We look forward to welcoming you back again. Warm regards, Lindsay Gallagher Sunshine Village More 

Windsor, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Sunshine Meadows is one of the best places to visit in this area. We have walked the meadows many times over the years but this year we had 2 younger children with us and decided to use the gondola. It only operates from Friday to Sunday. The ride itself saved 3-4 hours of trail hiking to the meadows. Once there,... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely trail with spectacular scenery and views. Many people hike on this trail - it would be lovely if it could be widened to accommodate people passing each other constantly. We took the gondola up and walked down the road on the way back - not sure I would do that again as it is a steep downhill in spots,... More 

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

Thanks for visiting us this summer and for taking the time to write this review, Martin. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the scenery. Whether it’s wildlife, flowers, lakes or Rocky Mountain views you’re after, Sunshine Meadows has it. Hope to see you again soon! Best regards, Lindsay Gallagher Sunshine Village More 

Baltimore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had to change our date due to questionable weather and the young man (Sam?) was very helpful with that. We were so looking forward to this adventure, somehow it didn't deliver. After riding the bus up, we found this walk somewhat challenging and although pretty at times, kind of boring and crowded. We got on the first 9am bus... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to write this review. I am very sorry to hear that your day did not meet your expectations and we hope you enjoy the rest of your time visiting the Banff area. All the best, Lindsay Gallagher Sunshine Village More 

Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I dropped our kids off for noon pickup at the Scout Shop in Calgary, and were looking for a hiking opportunity in Banff. We both had to work in Edmonton in the morning, so we really only had about 5 hours. The Sunshine Meadows `hike` fit the bill perfectly! We were there on Aug 7, and both... More 

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

Thanks so much for visiting Sunshine Meadows this summer. On behalf of everyone at Sunshine Village, we are so happy you enjoyed the many trails and beautiful views of the wildflowers and the Rocky Mountains. We appreciate you taking the time to write this and we hope you will visit us again. Warmest regards, Lindsay Gallagher Sunshine Village More 

Victoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great way to spend the day. Take the school bus from the parking lot up the five kilometers to the Sunshine Village ski area base and hike the loop trails that pass through meadows of mountain flowers, over babbling streams and past crystal clear lakes. This is not technical hiking. The view from the far end of... More 

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to write this and for calling Sunshine Meadows your favourite day hike-- we are beyond thrilled! I believe the area you are describing is the Simpson viewpoint and I agree that the views of the valley are stunning from there. Thanks for including a tip on packing lots of layers. That's always a... More 

Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Citadel Pass hike was beautiful. It took us around 6 hours or so I believe. I would consider this to be a 'moderate' hike for those with a good level of fitness, appropriate gear (good hiking boots, poles, waterproof layer in case of rain) though we did see some people in sneakers... hey, to each their own. The terrain... More 

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

On behalf of everyone at Sunshine Village, I'd like to thank you for visiting Sunshine Meadows and for sharing your experience, Sherill. We are so lucky to live and play in such a beautiful part of the world, and what a treat to also be able to reach this type of an elevation and these views so easily, as you... More 

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