The luxurious and spectacular Sunshine Mountain Lodge received a Heritage Tourism Award in 2010 for showcasing the unique attributes of Canada’s first and most famous national park. More than 175 community leaders gather each year to celebrate organizations that demonstrate commitment to the special values that create memorable experiences and make Banff a special place to visit.
The Sunshine Mountain Lodge opened its spectacular new West Wing in on Dec. 3, 2009, replacing a previous structure on the site.
“It is indeed a pleasure for Sunshine Village to be honoured for our efforts to make a visit to Banff National Park a very memorable experience,” John Scurfield has said of the award.
“Sunshine Mountain Lodge is our family’s latest commitment to excellence. It showcases our passion for skiing and for Banff National Park.
“As a child, long before we owned Sunshine, our family came to the (then) Sunshine Inn for vacations. Those were special times, and that is what we have attempted to create with the renovated Sunshine Mountain Lodge.”
The Sunshine Mountain Lodge demonstrates a commitment to environmental stewardship, reducing water and energy consumption, while raising the bar on luxury. Much of the old structure was recycled, and the stone cladding was salvaged from rock uncovered during the basement excavation. The site around the lodge was rehabilitated with natural vegetation captured from the site.
The lodge also offers numerous opportunities for guests to explore and appreciate the natural surroundings, through tours and interpretive programs. It offers interpretive programs around an outdoor fire pit. There are also weekly snowshoe outings that tell the story of Sunshine.
More than 100 paintings by well-known artists line the walls. Commissioned by John’s late father, Ralph T. Scurfield; they tell the story of our protected mountain landscape, through different seasons and from different views.
Sunshine Village also earned the prestigious Heritage Tourism Award in 2008 for unprecedented efforts to teach workers about the special environmental uniqueness of Banff National Park.