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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 5 days ago via mobile

We were hoping to hike at Sunshine Meadows but learned they don't start running their shuttle busses until June 30. We heard great things about the hike and we're sorry to miss it. We hiked up the bus path a bit but decided to turn...More

Thank LancPAmom
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...More

1  Thank Charlotte H
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...More

1  Thank Johanna V
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.

1  Thank rodjin
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...More

Thank petiteTreasure
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...More

1  Thank johannak818
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...More

2  Thank originalgidget2016
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!!!

Thank Dubuss
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!...More

2  Thank 1never2late
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...More

Thank driftdiver1
Lindsay G, Public Relations Manager at Sunshine Meadows, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2016

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

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Are the meadows accessible the end of May/early June? Not seeing reviews during that time period. If so, is it snowshoeing, or regular hiking?
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
I am traveling October 14-19. It appears the shuttles will not be running. Will the gondolas be operating? I would like to do the rock isle hike and am traveling with two small children. Thanks!
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
Hi, are dogs allowed here? Thanks
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!