The Sunshine Mountain Lodge is located in Banff National Park, just outside the Town of Banff in the province of Alberta, Canada. The Sunshine Village access road exit is just 8 km (5 mi.) west of Banff on the Trans-Canada Hwy #1.

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Summer 2017 Trail Update:

please note that some Sunshine Meadows trails are NOT OPEN.

Accessible trails currently include the short trail from the top of Standish Sightseeing Chairlift to the overlook deck and the trail from the Village to Rock Isle Lake.

Other trails will open as soon as the snow melts and they dry out. Please check our website for further updates.



The Sunshine Mountain Lodge is 159 km (98 mi.) from Calgary International Airport. The airport is served by non-stop flights from major cities throughout the world including London, Frankfurt, Dallas, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco, Denver and Salt Lake City. 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.



The Sunshine Village access road is only 8 km (5 miles) west of Banff on the Trans-Canada #1 Highway. Plenty of parking with easy access to the gondola.



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Check-In: 4:00 p.m. | Check-Out: 11:00 a.m.

The Hotel Check-In is located at the parking lot base area in the Creekside Lodge and is open daily from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Luggage is transported up and down the gondola by Sunshine Village staff.



The gondola is only a few steps from the parking lot, taking you on a scenic adventure up to the Sunshine Mountain Lodge.  

During the summer season, skis or snowboards cannot be loaded on the Gondola or the Standish Sightseeing Chairlift. Please review Parks Canada's closures and regulations before proceeding to the Village on foot.

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.



Sunshine Village’s high-speed eight-passenger gondola whisks guests from the base area check-in up to the Sunshine Mountain Lodge in approximately 25 minutes.

Gondola Operating Dates: June 30 – Sept 4, 2017 - Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays.

September 5th  – September 24th -  Alpine Shuttle from parking lot base area to the hotel will run 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Operating Times: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

We recommend guests arrive 30 min before last gondola time.



Sunshine’s bus fleet takes guests up the famous Banff Avenue "Ski-Out" right to the Sunshine Mountain Lodge doorstep on days that the gondola is not running.

Bus Operating Dates: July 3 – August 31, 2017. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

Operating Times: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.



Sunshine Village operates daily shuttle service to and from the Town of Banff, 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Adult (16+): $12
Child (6-15): $12
Toddlers (5 and under): FREE

parks canada summer closure areas

With the exception of designated hiking trails, parts of the Sunshine Village leasehold and outside the leasehold are under a closure order from Parks Canada.

Please review the closure map and stay on designated trails while hiking and exploring the area.