Best time to visit Banff & Jasper National Parks

Banff Gondola in Banff & Jasper National Parks

Marvel at the unrivalled snowy view while soaring to the top of Sulphur Mountain

Banff Gondola
Banff Gondola
Banff Gondola
Banff Gondola

Although the glass-enclosed cabin of the gondola departs from the base of the mountain all year round, the best time to take a ride is between late January and early October. Summer is perfect with its bursts of sunshine and wildlife, but it can still be cold and windy. The view in winter is no less impressive from the bird's perspective as the landscape is covered with snow. You must be prepared for strong winds during sub-zero temperatures though!

Take the eight-minute ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain and enjoy a fantastic 360-degree view of the Canadian Rockies. The Summit Complex has a gift shop, restaurants, short hiking trails, cafes and multiple viewing platforms. From 2,281 metres high, you can look down onto the town of Banff, Bow Valley and over six mountain ranges. If you are adventurous enough, you shouldn't miss the chance to experience the Cosmic Ray Station by walking along the ridgeline of Sulphur Mountain. You can think of yourself as the king or queen of the world!

Practical info

When is the best time to visit Banff Gondola to enjoy the view?

The Banff Gondola offers the best view from late January to early October. Winter visitors can enjoy the stunning snowy landscapes while summer visitors are treated to sunny weather and abundant wildlife. Nonetheless, visitors should prepare for strong winds and chilly temperatures. Windy conditions and sub-zero temperatures are usual during winter. Show more

Where are the viewing platforms located in Sulphur Mountain?

Visitors to Sulphur Mountain will find the Summit Complex at its apex. Here, they can enjoy 360-degree viewing platforms or opt for ridgeline walks to experience the Cosmic Ray Station. Additionally, the Summit Complex has several features such as restaurants, cafes, gift shops and short hiking trails. Show more

What are some short hiking trails available in the Summit Complex?

Visitors to the Summit Complex have access to several short hiking trails that cater to different ages and fitness levels. The Vista Viewpoint Trail, a path through a subalpine forest, leads guests to a scenic viewpoint. The Sanson's Peak Trail provides hikers with an opportunity to view several historical sites before finally arriving at the summit of Sulphur Mountain. Show more

How high is the altitude of the top of Sulphur Mountain?

Sulphur Mountain top sits at 2,281 metres above sea level, offering visitors a comprehensive view of Banff and Jasper National Parks. Travelers can reach the top of the summit easily via the Banff Gondola, an 8-minute ride that provides a full range of services to visitors. Sulphur Mountain attractions include fantastic views, hikes, as well as a gift shop and restaurants. Show more

Is it safe to walk on the ridgeline of Sulphur Mountain to the Cosmic Ray Station?

Visitors should exercise caution when walking the ridgeline to the Cosmic Ray Station since there is unstable terrain and alpine vegetation. The trail is maintained properly and fitted with safety guards for a secure hiking experience. Although Sulphur Mountain affords a serene view, hikers should be extra cautious during windy weather or if accompanied by small kids or elderly travelers. Show more

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