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“It's beautiful but cannot get there”
Review of Sunshine Meadows

Sunshine Meadows
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$34.34*
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Banff Sunshine Village Sightseeing Gondola and Scenic Chairlift Package
Ranked #11 of 79 things to do in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Strathmore, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“It's beautiful but cannot get there”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Sorry just can't get there this summer road is washed out due to floods parks say they think it will be ready by ski season. I,m hopeful for next summer.

Visited August 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Closed”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

We really love this hike, but its worth booking an early bus if you want a nice relaxed day up there. You can book online or by phone.

Currently the website says closed until at least Aug 11, and possibly longer due to flood damage to the access road, which is very sad! :(

Visited July 2013
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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Closed”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We got off the highway and ran into a gate. It turns out the flood ruined the road. Someone told us it may be close through the end of the summer and beyond.
This was going to be one of the highlights for us. I wish they had posted some notices at the entrance to the park. Or maybe they did and we missed it.

Visited July 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Trail is closed until early-mid August 2013”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

My family took some convincing to hike 13 km but when we got off the Highway 1 Exit there was a big sign saying road to Sunshine is closed (flood damage), Instead we went to Sulphur Mountain which was great.

Visited July 2013
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Penticton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great all day hike”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

I did this with a few friends and what a great hike at a moderate level not too difficult. The meadows were so colorful with flowers and the air so crisp, then to top it off the view is spectacular ! Bring a picnic and enjoy the rewards when you get to the ridge.

Visited July 2012
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