Sunshine Meadows

Unforgettable alpine scenery, the Rockies' best hiking and walking trails
- all within easy reach by shuttle bus!

Rock Isle Lake walking

walking along Rock Isle Lake

Rock Isle Lake
The Sunshine Meadows are known by many as the most stunning alpine setting in the Canadian Rockies. Situated at an average elevation of 2220m (7,300'), the meadows straddle the Continental Divide and the boundary between Alberta and British Columbia. Surrounded by some of the Rockies' highest peaks, the unobstructed views are beyond compare. Wildlife abound in the meadows, and the brilliance of the summer flowers and autumn larches guarantees spectacular scenery on every visit.

Spend your day on top of the world and away from the crowds at Sunshine Meadows. Mt. Assiniboine, "the Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies" , and Banff National Park's highest peak, can be your backdrop! A network of gentle trails wind their way through the Meadows and offer a range of walking for all abilities; from easy one and two hour strolls, to challenging full day hikes to Quartz Ridge, Healy Pass, or beyond. You can choose to hike on your own or join one of our full day guided hikes.

Lonely Planet names Sunshine Meadows No.1 hike in Canada
in their new guide book, Discover Canada. Click here to read more.

The Sunshine Meadows Alpine Shuttle is a bus service that you can book seats on that carries you from the Sunshine Village Parking Lot (or from Banff) to the trailheads located at Sunshine Village.
The village is located at the edge of the treeline at an elevation of 2,150 m.

The bus travels 5 km along a private access road that is not open to public vehicles. The road gains 500 m in elevation and will save you about 1/1/2 to 2 hours of uphill walking through forest.

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**Reservations cannot be made on the day of service. Available tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Walking trails for all abilities (almost)

Sunshine Meadows trail map

At the Sunshine Meadows the trails are all considered easy and can be walked by anyone of any age, in reasonable physical condition. The steepest part of the trail system is at the very beginning where the trails lead you up and out of the meadow that Sunshine Village sits in and over the continental divide. The total elevation gain over 1 km is about 100 m. (300 ft. in a 1/2 mile). All trails are gravelled and ideal for all weather. On the trails at the Sunshine Meadows, you'll also find many benches, numerous viewpoints and 2 outhouses. (Talk about luxury!)

A great place for families and kids.

All of the trails in the Sunshine area are suitable for children and are easy to get around.

Shuttle Bus Schedules & Pricing

The Sunshine Meadows Alpine Shuttle operates every day between mid-June and the end of September. Shuttles run every hour from the Sunshine ski area parking lot and once daily from various locations in the town of Banff.

Food Service

At the village there is a small deli where you can purchase a lunch or snacks, as well as a gift shop and lots of indoor and outdoor seating.

Special Events

This summer we will be hosting our 9th Annual Wildflower Week including our annual "Plein Air Paintout" featuring a day of landscape painting by some of the region's best known artists, free guided hikes, Eco-Yoga demo day and photo contest.

Selected as one of the TOP 10 Summer Attractions in Canada 2005
Where Magazine

Selected as "Best Day Hike" 2011
Best of the Bow 2011 Reader's Choice

 

Getting to the Sunshine Meadows :

Our ticket office is located at the parking lot base of the Sunshine Village ski area. Head west from the town of Banff on Hwy # 1 approx. 8 kms. Turn off the highway at the Sunshine Village exit. Follow this road to its end (7 kms) and to the farthest end of the ski area parking lot. Our ticket office is on the main floor of the Creekside building at the Gondola base. Buses pick up and drop off from in front of the ticket office. Ticket office opens at 8:00 am daily.

 

The upper access road our buses travel on are not open to vehicle traffic but you can walk it if you like. (6km, 500m elevation gain). Neither the gondola nor the ski lifts operate in the summertime.

"We took our hike yesterday on what must have been one of the most gorgeous days of the year. It was a strange and unique experience to see Sunshine without all the snow we’re used to. In spite of many years of skiing there, we were totally bowled over by the summer scenery, and the parts of the area that we had never seen before, especially those perfect, pristine little lakes and the view from the Simpson viewpoint. Thank you so much for making this available to us."
Diane and Brent Clark

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For all Sunshine Meadows telephone inquiries please call:

1-403-762-7889 (June 21- Oct. 5)
Oct. 6-June 20, please call 1-403-760-4403 ext. 21

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