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Banff Gondola

Enjoy a stunning 360-degree panorama of Banff and its surrounding mountains as you ride in comfort to the summit of Sulphur Mountain.

Survey miles of the magnificent Canadian Rockies from the top of Sulphur Mountain. The Banff Gondola takes you from the base of the mountain to the Summit Complex in just eight minutes, during which time you'll also be able to catch some spectacular vistas from your fully glazed cabin. Get a bird’s-eye view of Banff, and marvel at the snowy peaks and valleys of six of the area's mountain ranges.

Whether you come in winter or summer, you're in for a treat. In summer you'll get the chance to spot some native animals on the sunny mountain slopes. Even if it's warm in Banff however, it may be chilly at the breezy summit, which is 2,281 metres above sea level. Of course, temperatures in winter drop much lower and the winds can be fierce. But the dazzling panorama of Banff National Park, immaculate and snow-white, is well worth braving the elements for.

Explore the Summit Complex's several viewing platforms and marvel at the incredible view. From here, it's just 800 metres along a timber walkway to Sanson's Peak Meteorological Station further along the ridge. With fewer tourists it's the ideal place to take some photographs. The station was named for Norman Sanson, who attended to the weather station once a week for 30 years; of course, with no gondola, he had to hike.

Only hikers with plenty of experience should tackle the climb to the true summit. The trail starts at the Summit Complex and runs south. A more relaxing option is to grab a bite to eat at one of the complex's two cosy restaurants. You won't miss out on any views though, as both have glass walls. Don't forget to stop off at the gift shop before you head back down.

It's just a five-minute drive from downtown Banff to the gondola departure point and there's plenty of parking. Or you can catch a bus or taxi from town. Four people can fit in each cabin and the gondola runs daily all year round, closing only for planned maintenance.

Ensure you have loads of time at Banff Gondola. Below are the best activities:

How about making your visit that much more unique? A Banff Gondola Ride and a Full-Day Downtown Banff & National Park Tour are both worth thinking about.

For even more things to do, examine our Banff things to do page.


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The Rimrock Resort Hotel AU$248
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 Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Fairmont Banff Springs AU$453
    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 AU$117
      Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa

      Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa

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

        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 Site and Tunnel Mountain. Banff Springs Golf Club and Upper Hot Springs are also within 3 mi (5 km). Banff Station is 17 minutes by foot.

        The Fox Hotel and Suites AU$188
        The Fox Hotel and Suites

        The Fox Hotel and Suites

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

          Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Banff National Park Information Centre and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Upper Hot Springs are also within 3 miles (5 km). Banff Station is 14 minutes by foot.

          Banff Park Lodge AU$131
          Banff Park Lodge

          Banff Park Lodge

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

            Located in the heart of Banff, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canada House Gallery and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Banff Gondola are also within 3 miles (5 km). Banff Station is 6 minutes by foot.

            Mount Royal Hotel AU$169
            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 Banff Gondola are also within 3 miles (5 km). Banff Station is 10 minutes by foot.

              Moose Hotel And Suites AU$251
              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 Banff Gondola are also within 3 miles (5 km). Banff Station is 8 minutes by foot.

                Royal Canadian Lodge AU$203
                Royal Canadian Lodge

                Royal Canadian Lodge

                459 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Banff, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Central Park. Bow Falls and Cave and Basin National Historic Site are also within 2 mi (3 km). Banff Station is 13 minutes by foot.