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Top Rated Banff Alpine Walk

Sunshine Meadows courtesy Jack Newton

“Normally you have to hike far to reach worthwhile lookouts, but at Sunshine Meadows you get incredible, wide-open views with your first step,” says trailhead shuttle operator Gord Stermann. From gentle rambles to adventurous full-day hikes, this is one of Lonely Planet’s top 5 hiking areas in Canada. Where publisher Jack Newton suggests the moderately easy 7 km (4.3 mi) loop to picturesque Rock Isle, Larix and Grizzly lakes past wildflower meadows, rocky ridges, larch forests (fiery gold in autumn) and babbling streams. Go on your own, or take Stermann’s advice: “This treeline environment is so unique that it’s worth exploring with a knowledgeable guide.” By Meredith Bailey


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