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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.
Give yourself loads of time at Banff Gondola. Below are the top things to do:
For more things to do, have a look at our Banff things to do page.
Nestled in the mountains 750 feet above the town of Banff, The Rimrock Resort Hotel is across from the Upper Hot Springs and within walking distance of the Banff gondola.
This opulent 1888 Scottish baronial-style resort towers over 2 scenic river valleys, 0.5 km (0.25 mi) from downtown Banff and within 10 km (6 mi) of Mount Norquay and Lake Minnewanka.
Located on the main street of Banff, this inn is within 5 km (3 mi) of the Sulphur Mountain Gondola and Upper Hot Springs.
Located in Banff National Park just a short walk from downtown Banff, Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa has friendly staff and convenient location with easy access to local sights and activities.
This historic 1908 hotel is located in downtown Banff, in the heart of the spectacular Canadian Rockies and within blocks of the Luxton and Whyte museums. The Sulphur Mountain Gondola is just 4 km (2.5 mi) away.
Located in the Canadian Rockies, this Banff hotel's quiet location is 2 blocks from Banff Avenue shopping and museums, 1 block from the Bow River and is close to skiing and hiking .
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 Tunnel Mountain are also within 2 mi (3 km). Banff Station is 7 minutes by foot.
The Fox Hotel and Suites is 4 blocks from downtown Banff, 1 km (0.6 mi) from the Bow River, and 5 km (3 mi) from the Sulphur Mountain Gondola.