Hikes of the Canadian Rockies – Sunshine Meadows
Banff National Park, Alberta
Hiking is one of the most popular activities to do in the Canadian Rockies and it no wonder why. Wildlife chill out in the hills in abundance, anytime you go above half a metre in height, you are rewarded with views to make the world envious. The Sunshine Meadows are locally regarded as some of the most stunning alpine settings in the Canadian Rockies. Situated at an average elevation of 2220m, the Meadows straddle the Continental Divide and the boundary between Alberta and BC. As far as summer activities around Banff and the Rockies go – this is a winner.
Often described as the ‘Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies’ and also Banff National Park’s highest peak, Mt. Assiniboine and the Sunshine Meadows are an absolutely stunning backdrop for a hike. There are easy walks that will take a few hours only and there are also more challenging day long hikes. Make sure to bring your camera because the sights you will be seeing are hard to put into words. Animals, rainbow coloured flowers and swaying trees are all on the menu.
It is the kind of place that can be visited by anyone whether it is a family or a group of fit and experienced hikers. If you would like to do it as part of a crew, there are options available with experience hikers. It is located where the Sunshine Ski Area is, only 6km from Banff itself. It is probably a better option to drive to the base and tackle it from there. A summer trip to Banff needn’t be expensive if you have the right gear and knowledge about the surrounding hikes.