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Address: Sunshine Road | Banff National Park, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1J5, Canada
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What a diamond in the rough up there!

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Orillia, Canada
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Orillia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We did this hike on Sunday, 25 Sept. You can take a shuttle bus from downtown Banff or from Sunshine Village to take you to the start of this hike at an elevation of 7,150 feet. We made reservations several days in advance (recommended) for the 10am shuttle bus from Sunshine Village. It is not a simple “stroll in the... More 

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

Thank you so much for visiting Sunshine Meadows and for taking the time to write about your experience hiking with us, John. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed the gorgeous views of the Rocky Mountains. I agree with you that the hike can be more moderate than easy depending on whether or not you take the Standish lift... More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

Doing the entire circuit takes some time, but it's a very nice hike with some great views. It took us about 5 hours or so which included stopping to take plenty of pictures. We went up to Standish Viewpoint and around Larix and Grizzly Lakes. It will be significantly colder in the Meadows than in Banff, so dress appropriately. There... More 

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

Thanks so much for visiting Sunshine Village this summer and for taking the time to write this review. I'm happy to hear you were challenged on your hike and that you were rewarded with beautiful views of the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains. On behalf of everyone at Sunshine, we hope you will visit us again. Best regards, Lindsay Gallagher Sunshine... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

Late September hike, colours were fantastic, trails well signed and easy to walk without ruining the natural beauty of the scenery. The bus to the start of the trails costs $30 return, they are about every hour on the hour. We spent 4.5hrs walking 10KM or so with stops and sit downs. You could spend much longer. We missed around... More 

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

I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed your time hiking through Sunshine Meadows this month and on behalf of everyone at Sunshine Village, we hope you'll visit us again soon. Warmest regards, Lindsay Gallagher Sunshine Village More 

Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Rode the bus to the ski park top from the bottom parking lot as the lift was down for maintenance. About a 20 minute ride up a steep mountain, some people were hiking this....why??? Trail up to Rock Island Lake was mostly still uphill from ski area. The other two lakes are more beautiful, each one different. Lots of other... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write this review, John. On behalf of everyone at Sunshine Village, we are so glad you chose to spend the day with us at Sunshine Meadows and that you enjoyed our beautiful views and lakes. We look forward to your next visit! Best regards, Lindsay Gallagher Sunshine Village More 

Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

You can reach Sunshine Village by shuttle bus or, since the summer of 2016, with the Gondola as well. The Gondola used to operate in winter only, but is now also open in summer. There is a beautiful Gondola station and from there you can hike in may directions. There are easy walks with almost no elevation, Rock Isle, Grizzly... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, Ellien. On behalf of everyone at Sunshine Village, we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to Sunshine Meadows this summer. It's true that our gondola was running for the first time in over 20 years and we're excited to do it all again next summer.... More 

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