Up early, showered, packed and breakfasted, we popped outside to see a beautiful morning in Canmore. This bodes well for our hike, although, the temperatures up at 7,000 feet were warmer than usual.
We gassed up and headed towards Banff and Sunshine Village. The summer vacation traffic was already building and there was quite the line-up at the Banff National Park gates. Not to worry, we already had our Parks pass and cruised through in the right lane.
We turned off the Trans Canada Highway onto the Sunshine Village road and began a steady climb up to the base gondola station. The road was under repair, so the trip was a little slow in places, but, we were early in any case.
We arrived in the parking lot 15 minutes early and took the chance to stretch and sort out our packs.
M & M arrived and greetings were exchanged. The 4 hikers settled their packs on their backs and headed to the gondola station for the easiest part of the hike. A summer pass up the gondola to Sunshine Village is about $40 Canadian. This also gives you access to the Standish chairlift up to the alpine meadows and a series of easy day hiking trails and picnic spots. Well worth it.