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Banff Gondola

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


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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!

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