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“surprise at the top!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sunshine Meadows

Sunshine Meadows
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Sunshine Village Sightseeing Gondola and Scenic Chairlift Package
Ranked #12 of 68 things to do in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“surprise at the top!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We loved this hike the best. Did it with kids (8 and 4) loved the views. There were no flowers when we went but it was beautiful nonetheless. Less popular therefore there were hardly any people around. Would strongly recomend it. Spectacular 360 degree views. There is a bus ride involved after you park your car. Take mosquito repellant if going summer.

Visited August 2012
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Amazing Mountain Meadows Hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

During the summer thus ski village turns into an amazing mountain meadow hiking experience. Well maintained trails with numerous day hike options make this a must do when in Banff.

Visited July 2012
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Altrincham, England
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“Great! But it isn't effort free.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We did this trip towards the end of September and were rewarded with clear skies,golden larches and spectacular views. The ride on the shuttle bus eliminates the real hard work of getting out of the valley and drops you high in the alpine region.The only thing I would add to other reviews though, is that once there, the hiking is not completely effortless. By Rockies standards it isn't difficult, but by the time you have climbed up from the main ski lodge (where the shuttle bus drops you), descended to the lakes on the other side, maybe climbed to the lookout, and then completed the circuit, the amount of uphill hiking must be not far short of 1500 feet.
We got the impression that some people on our shuttle bus thought they would get the fantastic views as soon as they got off the bus. Certainly quite a few of them didn't tackle the first quite steep climb out of the ski lodge bowl, so they didn't get the views.

Visited September 2012
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Seattle
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“Fantastic hiking with distant views in all directions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We took the 8 AM bus from Sunshine Meadows parking lot (about a 25 minute drive from downtown Banff) and spent the day up at Sunshine Meadows hiking the looping trails around Rock Isle Lake, Grizzly Lake, Larix Lake, Standish viewpoint, and Twin Cairns.

This was one of our best hiking days in the Rockies!

We had abundant wildflowers, the trails are well marked, less than 1000 ft in elevation gain, and numerous photographic views of picturesque lakes and beautiful mountain peaks in every direction.

It's well worth the time, but take the earliest bus possible to avoid crowds. The ski lodge is open in summer for snacks, but the food and beverage choices are very limited and ridiculously pricey. We were happy to have our picnic lunch with us.

Visited August 2012
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Nellysford, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A Great Hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We did a number of hikes in Jasper and Banff. This was one of my favorites because it was so different from the others. A bus takes you most of the way up, so you can start your hike on top of the world where the terrain is wide open and you can see for miles in every direction.

Visited September 2012
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