Sunshine Meadows

Easy access to alpine meadows on the Continental Divide

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A beautiful and unusually large tract of alpine grassland straddling the Continental Divide at 2160m, Sunshine Meadows is a stunning summer hiking spot. It spreads out from a the ski resort buildings of Sunshine Village, to which a summer shuttle-bus runs.

From here hikers can explore wild-flower meadows and high-alpine hiking on a few connecting trails: The free sketch map from the Sunshine Meadows Nature Centre shows two major trails – to Healy Pass and to Mount Assiniboine (both major hikes) – and a superb little loop that uses the first sections of each to connect four viewpoints and three lakes for a 9–14km hike (allow at least 3 hours).

You can also access the area by walking up from the ski area parking lot in the valley but it’s an arduous 6km gravel road, so the shuttle bus is a better option.

At A Glance

Parking Lot: 1 Sunshine access Road
Banff Alberta T1L 1J5
$27 return/$16 one way from Sunshine Village car park, $55 from Banff

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