This photo of the smoke over Standish Chair was taken by one of our team members, Emily Sinclair. 

Verdant Creek Fire Update, July 20th: Sunshine Village Area

The Verdant Creek Fire continues to burn on the west side of the continental divide, approximately 2.5 km from the Sunshine Village lease hold on the BC side. With the dry weather, the fire has spread further into Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park.

At present, the fire is not a threat to Sunshine Village as it has not crept closer to our resort. To assist Park’s Canada we have been asked to close the Sunshine Mountain Lodge to guests on a temporary basis.

Starting Friday, July 21st, the Sunshine Mountain Lodge will be closed for approximately 2-5 days. During this time, Parks Canada crews will take further actions to mitigate and manage the Verdant Creek Fire. During the tactical closure, Banff Sunshine Village will be used as a staging area for fire crews to safeguard the North Simpson Valley and the Redearth Pass.

Over the next few days, Parks will be sending more helicopters and ground crews into the Sunshine Village area. The work Parks will be performing is expected to create additional smoke and noise.

The safety of our guests and team is our top priority. We wish Parks Canada success in their fire management efforts.