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Banff Gondola

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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The Rimrock Resort Hotel CA $219
The Rimrock Resort Hotel

The Rimrock Resort Hotel

300 Moutain Avenue, Banff, AB
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the mountains, this spa resort is within a 5-minute walk of Upper Hot Springs and Banff Gondola. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Cave and Basin National Historic Site are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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    Fairmont Banff Springs

    Fairmont Banff Springs

    405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Banff resort is located on the riverwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Bow Falls and Banff Cascades of Time Gardens. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau are also within 2 miles (3 km).

      Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa CA $95
      Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa

      Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa

      521 Banff Ave, Box 1070, Banff, AB
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Mount Royal Hotel

        Mount Royal Hotel

        138 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Banff, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canada House Gallery and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Cave and Basin National Historic Site are also within 1 mile (2 km). Banff Station is 10 minutes by foot.

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          Banff Park Lodge

          Banff Park Lodge

          222 Lynx St, Banff, AB
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            The Elk & Avenue Hotel CA $109
            The Elk & Avenue Hotel

            The Elk & Avenue Hotel

            333 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Tunnel Mountain are also within 3 mi (5 km). Banff Station is 6 minutes by foot.

              Moose Hotel And Suites CA $199
              Moose Hotel And Suites

              Moose Hotel And Suites

              345 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Banff, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Banff National Park Information Centre and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Cave and Basin National Historic Site are also within 2 miles (3 km). Banff Station is 8 minutes by foot.

                The Fox Hotel and Suites CA $149
                The Fox Hotel and Suites

                The Fox Hotel and Suites

                461 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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