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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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Banff Sunshine Village Gondola and Sightseeing
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1 Sunshine access Rd | Trailhead at Sunshine Village, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1J5, Canada
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"rock isle lake"
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"ski area"
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"wild flowers"
in 19 reviews
"continental divide"
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"beautiful alpine"
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"school bus"
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"full bloom"
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"dusty road"
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"gondola and chair lift"
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"day hike"
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"parking lot"
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"ground squirrels"
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"great hiking"
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"british columbia"
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"easy hiking"
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

WE could only look out and gaze at the snow covered meadows but this would be an amazing area to hike

1  Thank LizWHobart
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

This is a nice resort, and close to the the town of Banff. Great views, very open terrain. However, the terrain caters more to Beginners/Intermediate skiers and riders. There are some more expert areas (The Dive, etc.) but it's more of a family friendly mountain...More

1  Thank Michael G
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

I didn't ski, but entertained myself by riding the gondola round trip. This requires a lift ticket. But it was well worth it. The view of the mountains is fantastic.

3  Thank CoyoteBrokenFoot
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

A great hike and beautiful vistas to boot. We had quite a bit of snow on the trail but it only made the scenery even better with the Larch trees in full golden yellow mode. Rock Isle Lake really is a gem.

1  Thank Laurie P
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Think we were amongst the first visitors of the day, so it was really quiet. Took the Gondola first and then the ski-lift to get to the top. The staff were really helpful and informative. Had lunch in the café at the top prior to...More

4  Thank Mike H
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

We drove to Sunshine Village twice for this hike. The first time after Johnston Canyon (I would recommend Sunshine Meadows way, way ahead of Johnston). We got to the bus ticket box past 2pm. Felt that we wouldn't have time to hike around, we didn't...More

7  Thank Ming G
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

We were fortunate to be there on the last day the lift went up and I am so glad we were. This place is so beautiful you will not want to leave. Take the trip to the top and hike a bit to the outlook...More

2  Thank DonnaT1007
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

Our group of twelve ranged in age from 11 to 73 and we thought a guided tour of Sunshine Meadow would be a good group activity. And, other than meals, it turned out to be the only time we would all be together in the...More

2  Thank joeyeatsout
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

An unexpected September snowfall made our visit to Sunshine all the better. We caught the bus up the mountain from the ticket office (the main gondola doesn't run during Sept so the initial trip up the first section of the mountain is by bus) and...More

1  Thank emzie74
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

After skiing at Sunshine Village all Winter it was so great to go hiking up there and see what lies beneath all the snow. It is well worth the trip up. We went on the last day of the Summer/Fall season so took the shuttle...More

Thank Leigh1980
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jasonz92
18 February 2018|
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Response from ReceptionSunshine |
Hello, We open on June 29. Before then, you can access Sunshine Village/Sunshine Meadows by hiking. Note that not all the hiking trails may be open - depends on snow and weather conditions.
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Jake M
27 December 2017|
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Response from simply126 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, you can drive up to a parking lot but to get to worthwhile hiking grounds from parking lot, you have to take the gondola. The park is open in the winter for skiing and then it opens in the summer for hiking... More
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Neags
8 December 2017|
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Response from Spenzac I | Reviewed this property |
oh yes it should be open barring severe weather. you'll love it. dress very very warm
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