Tuesday, July 10

Learn More About The Rockies.

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Jul 10, 2018

Learn More About The Rockies.

This summer season, enjoy learning about the wildlife and wildflowers of the Canadian Rockies at the Interpretive Center

Banff Sunshine Village is situated on the Continental Divide. At Sunshine, this divide is marked by the border from Alberta to British Columbia. As the snow melts, the water on the western side eventually makes its way to the Pacific Ocean. The snow on the Alberta side will have further to travel. The Alberta snow will eventually make its way to Hudson Bay. In the winter, our location on the continental divide makes us a magnet for snow. In the summer, being high on the continental divide offers us a unique alpine environment that blooms with beauty.


Whether you’re hiking or enjoying the sights of Banff Sunshine Meadows this summer, a trip to our interpretive center is a must. Conveniently located in the Sunshine Centennial Lodge, at the top of the gondola, the summer interpretive center is a place to learn more about the beautiful Canadian Rockies and Banff Sunshine Village.


Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., our Sunshine Meadows Interpretive Center is the perfect place to start or end your day’s adventure at Banff Sunshine Village. Inside the interpretive center, you’ll learn about an incredible range of diversity of species from wildlife to wildflowers that call the Canadian Rockies home.



When at Sunshine, the thrill of seeing wildlife is a major draw for summer sightseeing. At our interpretive center, we have informational panels where you can read up on the different mammals living in the mountains, from Grizzly Bears to Columbia Ground Squirrels. Including how these different animals have adapted to thriving in the harsh climate of a sub alpine ecosystem. Varied with mild summers and cool winters. (Read more about the bears of Banff here.)


Get closer to nature, with our interactive exhibit. Pet the fur pelts of wolves and bears. For the bird enthusiasts, Banff National Park is home to more than 250 different species of birds. Our interpretive center features a Golden Eagle Egg as well as other bird talons.


Sunshine Meadows is known for its beautiful wildflowers, which bloom in variety of colors, shapes, and scents. Among them are: Fireweed, Arnica, Western Anemone, Sweet Coltsfoot, White Camas, Daisy Fleabane, and Mountain Fleabane to name a few. Before you hike, learn the names of the flowers you’ll admire.  


This year, we’ve added information about the Verdant Creek wildflower that blazed just kilometers away from Sunshine Village. When hiking the Grizzly lake loop, you can see the after burn left from the fire.


For the little ones, we have a kids zone full of books and coloring papers specific to Sunshine Meadows. 

Want more, while at the interpretive center stop by our information desk to learn more about our summer services, including our interpretive Trail Tours.


Remember that summer at Sunshine is free for all 2018/19 Banff Sunshine Season Pass holders. More information about our hosted trial walks here.