Unforgettable alpine scenery, the Rockies' best hiking and walking trails
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
Walking trails for all abilities (almost)
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.
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.
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. If you plan on coming up with a group why not include a great BBQ on the deck after your hike!.
This summer we will be hosting our 4th Annual Wildflower Week including our annual "Plein Air Paintout" featuring a day of landscape painting by some of the region's best known artists.
Visit this page to find out about Season's Passes, Family Passes, and Special Discounts
Getting to the Sunshine Meadows :
Sunshine Meadows is located just west of Banff at the Sunshine
Village ski resort. Access to the meadows is 6 kilometres up a
restricted road that begins at the Sunshine ski area parking lot and ends
at the "village". Our shuttle buses run every hour up and down this road. The road is 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.
For all Sunshine Meadows telephone inquiries please call: