Unforgettable alpine scenery, the Rockies' best hiking and walking trails
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.
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.
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.
For all Sunshine Meadows telephone inquiries please call:
1-403-762-7889 (June 21- Oct. 5)