Banff Gondola

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Banff Gondola which includes mountains, landscape views and snow

Ride the gondola from Banff to the top of Sulphur Mountain to enjoy snowy mountain vistas.

Some of the best views in the Canadian Rockies can be enjoyed from the top of Sulphur Mountain. Take the Banff Gondola to the summit. The eight-minute ride offers spectacular views from a glass-enclosed cabin. The Summit Complex at the end of the gondola ride has restaurants, a gift shop and multiple viewing platforms. Look out over six different mountain ranges, through valleys and down onto the town of Banff.

The gondola leaves from the base of the mountain about five minutes outside town. It runs throughout the year. Come in summer, when the sun shines and wildlife roams the mountain. The view is no less impressive in winter, when the landscape is covered in a blanket of pristine white snow. In winter, come prepared for sub-zero temperatures and strong winds, and it can still be cold and windy at the summit in summer.

Each glass-enclosed gondola seats four people and offers 360-degree views for the whole ride. The Summit Complex is 7,486 feet (2,281 meters) above sea level.

Go inside to warm up in one of two restaurants. Both have glass walls to make the most of the scenery.

Take a short walk along the ridge for more photo opportunities. A half-mile (800-meter) wooden walkway runs along the summit ridge to the Sanson’s Peak Meteorological Station. Norman Sanson was a local who hiked the mountain once a week for 30 years to check the weather. There’s not much to see at the station itself, but the views across the mountains are spectacular. It’s often less crowded than the gondola Summit Complex.

A second trail runs south from the complex to the mountain’s true summit, but only experienced hikers should attempt the rocky climb.

The gondola runs every day of the year, except during scheduled maintenance. Buses and taxis run from Banff to the base of the gondola, and there’s ample parking.

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Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
3.5 out of 5
521 Banff Ave, Box 1070, Banff, AB
The price is CA $119 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in the heart of Banff, this spa hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cave and Basin National Historic ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,396 reviews)
"Such a cozy and quaint hotel. The hot pool was great after a day of hiking! I highly recommend this property."

Reviewed on Oct. 14, 2021

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
The Rimrock Resort Hotel
The Rimrock Resort Hotel
4 out of 5
300 Moutain Avenue, Banff, AB
The price is CA $184 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Situated in a national park, this spa resort is within a 5-minute walk of Upper Hot Springs and Banff Gondola. Spray River West Trailhead and Bow Falls are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,625 reviews)
"Awesome all around"

Reviewed on Oct. 11, 2021

The Rimrock Resort Hotel
Moose Hotel And Suites
Moose Hotel And Suites
3.5 out of 5
345 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
The price is CA $179 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Located in the heart of Banff, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Banff National Park Information Centre, Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau, and Canadian ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (2,044 reviews)
"nice property nice location"

Reviewed on Oct. 13, 2021

Moose Hotel And Suites
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Rundlestone Lodge
Rundlestone Lodge
3 out of 5
537 Banff Avenue - Box 489, Banff, AB
The price is CA $109 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
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The Rimrock Resort Hotel
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4 out of 5
300 Moutain Avenue, Banff, AB
The price is CA $184 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is CA $179 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
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3.5 out of 5
521 Banff Ave, Box 1070, Banff, AB
The price is CA $119 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
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Fairmont Banff Springs
Fairmont Banff Springs
4 out of 5
405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB
The price is CA $429 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
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The Elk & Avenue Hotel
The Elk & Avenue Hotel
3 out of 5
333 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
The price is CA $127 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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Mount Royal Hotel
Mount Royal Hotel
3 out of 5
138 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB
The price is CA $126 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
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The Fox Hotel and Suites
The Fox Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
461 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
The price is CA $149 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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Banff Park Lodge
Banff Park Lodge
3 out of 5
222 Lynx St, Banff, AB
The price is CA $116 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
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