GETTING HERE from the town of banff
The Sunshine Village Access Road is only 8 km (5 miles) west of Banff on the Trans-Canada #1 Highway. There is plenty of parking with easy access to the meadows via the gondola or scenic bus.
Don't want to drive? Sunshine Village operates a daily shuttle service to and from the Town of Banff, 7:00 – 17:00.
FREE Bus Service.
No reservations required.
GETTING HERE from calgary
The Banff Sunshine Village is 159 km (98 mi.) from Calgary International Airport. The airport is served by non-stop flights from major cities throughout the world. Rental cars from the Calgary International Airport are located on the departures level. You must cross the departures roadway to get there.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM THE CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
Follow Barlow Trail to exit for Airport Trail (W) onto Airport Trail until you reach the exit for Deerfoot Trail (Highway 2), turn right (N) onto Deerfoot Trail (Highway 2). Continue north on Deerfoot Trail and exit onto Stoney Trail (W). Continue on Stoney Trail (W) exit onto Highway 1 (Trans Canada West).
Continue along this highway until you reach the gates for Banff National Park. At the park gates you will be required to purchase a Park Pass for the vehicle.
After the gates you will continue west on the Highway for approximately 15 minutes.
Take the Exit for Sunshine Village (right) and continue up the access road until you reach the base area for Sunshine Village.
opens june 29, 2018
Sunshine Village’s high-speed eight-passenger gondola whisks guests from the base area to the Upper Village and the Standish Sightseeing Chairlift in approximately 25 minutes.
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays
June 29 – September 3, 2018
Operating Times: 8:00 to 18:00
scenic alpine shuttle OPERATIONS
Sunshine’s shuttle fleet takes guests up the famous Banff Avenue "Ski-Out" right to the Sunshine Meadows Interpretive Center doorstep on days that the gondola is not running.
Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays
July 3 – August 30, 2018
7 days a week – September 4 – September 23, 2018
Operating Times: 8:00 to 18:00
STANDISH SIGHTSEEING CHAIRLIFT OPERATIONS:
Sunshine Standish Express Chairlift brings you to the top of Mount Standish and within walking reach of the Standish Viewing Deck. The chairlift ride is approximately 8 minutes.
7 days a week - June 29 – September 23, 2018
Operating Times: 8:00 to 17:00
Plan your visit to allow sufficient time to ride the Gondola or Scenic Alpine Shuttle up to the Village, and enjoy the sights from the Standish Viewing Deck. We recommend you arrive to the Village by no later than 15:30.
SUNSHINE MEADOWS INTERPRETIVE CENTER
AT THE SUNSHINE MEADOWS INTERPRETIVE CENTER, WE OFFER:
- General information on products and services offered in the Village and the Sunshine Meadows.
- Scenic Alpine Shuttle and Banff to Sunshine Bus reservation confirmation and changes.
- Reservation and sales of Hosted Trail Walks (1-hour and 2-hour tours).
- Distribution of multi-language Self-Guided Trail Tours information booklets.
Operates 7 days a week, 8:00 - 18:00.
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE GONDOLA/ALPINE SHUTTLE TICKETS?
You can buy tickets online through our website www.banffsunshinemeadows.com or on mountain at Guest Services (2nd Floor Creekside Lodge, at the gondola base area). Gondola/Alpine Shuttle tickets include the Standish Chairlift ride.
CAN I BUY A ONE-WAY GONDOLA/ALPINE SHUTTLE TICKET?
If you are hiking in the area, you can purchase a one-way Gondola/Alpine Shuttle ticket on mountain from Guest Services (2nd Floor Creekside Lodge, at the gondola base area) or the Interpretive Centre (at the Village). One-way Gondola/Alpine Shuttle tickets are sold at the discretion of the administration.
CAN I BUY A STANDISH CHAIRLIFT TICKET ONLY?
The Standish Chairlift ticket is included with our Gondola/Alpine Shuttle sightseeing tickets. It cannot be purchased separately.
WHAT DO I NEED TO WEAR FOR A DAY IN SUNSHINE MEADOWS?
We recommend that all guests check the weather conditions prior to visiting Banff Sunshine Meadows. In the Canadian Rockies, the weather can change quickly and it is advised that all guests dress in layers and ALWAYS WEAR SUNSCREEN. If you are missing gear or clothing, check out our Retail Stores.
WHERE DO I PARK?
At Banff Sunshine Meadows, we have a large parking lot for guests. Guests can park in the Town of Banff and ride our Shuttle Buses to the Village for FREE.
I HAVE AN ELECTRIC CAR, CAN I CHARGE IT AT SUNSHINE?
At Banff Sunshine Meadows, we have a Telsa Super Charging Stations. It is located near the entrance to our reserved parking area. With the Super Charging Station, you can charge your Tesla in 20 minutes.
Can i bring my dog?
Dogs are not allowed on the gondola, bus, or Standish Chairlift with the exception of registered service dogs.
If you have a registered service dog, visit Guest Services to obtain a ticket to allow the service dog on the gondola/bus. Service dogs are not allowed on the Standish Sightseeing Chairlift.
CAN i BIKE THE ACCESS ROAD TO THE VILLAGE / CAN I BIKE THE SUNSHINE MEADOWS TRAILS?
The Access Road is a private road to facilitate transportation of persons and goods to the Village and back. Biking is not recommended due to the presence of pedestrians and vehicles on the road.
Biking is NOT ALLOWED in the Village and Sunshine Meadows. We endeavor to protect the unique high-alpine meadows eco-system at Sunshine Meadows by limiting access to walking guest along marked walking trails. This allows us to minimize erosion. Help us protect the Sunshine Meadows by staying in the walking trails.
CAN I SWIM IN THE LAKES?
Swimming is NOT ALLOWED in the Sunshine Meadows’ lakes. Due to the shallow and sensitive nature of these pristine alpine lakes and the surrounding, please stay on the trails and refrain from trampling shoreline and pond bottom habitats.
There are swimming facilities in the Town of Banff and swimming is allowed in other Banff National Park areas.
CAN I FISH IN THE LAKES?
Fishing is NOT ALLOWED in the Sunshine Meadows. Please stay on the trails and refrain from trampling shoreline and pond bottom habitats. Fishing is allowed in other Banff National Park areas.
can i bring my skis/snowboard?
During the summer season, skis or snowboards cannot be loaded on the Gondola or the Standish Sightseeing Chairlift.