The Smoke Affected View of Rock Isle Lake- From the Standish Viewing Deck 

Sunshine Meadows Hiking Closures Due to Smoke:

There is smoke in the area. As the fire in Kootenay National Park continues to burn, smoke from the blaze has filled the air of much of Southern Alberta, including Banff Sunshine Village. The fire itself remains a fair distance away from Banff Sunshine Village.

As a precaution, BC Parks has closed the northern portion of Assiniboine Provincial Park. Sunshine Meadows and its trails are all within the northern part of Assiniboine Provincial Park. With the closures from BC parks, all of our hiking trails are presently closed, until further notice. Updates on the accessibility of Banff Sunshine Meadows will be posted to our social media channels.

The facilities in both the Banff Sunshine base and village areas, including the Sunshine Mountain Lodge are open. The sightseeing gondola is open, with a discounted rate because of the trail closures.


Both BC Parks and Parks Canada have made the following closures:

  • The northern portion of Mount Assiniboine BC Provincial Park (including Sunshine Meadows)
  • Healy Pass in Banff National Park (The trail head of Healy Pass is found at the base of the Sunshine gondola)
  • Simpson Pass, Banff National Park
  • Simpson River Trails, in Kootenay National Park
  • Pharaoh Creek, Banff National Park
  • Whistling Creek, Banff National Park


For more information regarding area closures visit Parks Canada Bulletins and BC Park Closures 


About The Fire

The Kootenay National Park fire was first spotted on Saturday, July 15th at Verdant Pass. Park officials believe that the fire was ignited by a lightening strike a few day early. The area of Verdant Creek, where the fire is burning strongest is a remote drainage area. The terrain features narrow valleys and high mountains. Due to the remote location of the fire, Parks Canada is fighting the blaze with water bombers.