Gondolas in Banff & Lake Louise
Gondola rides in Banff and Lake Louise are spectacular year-round attractions for visitors to Banff National Park, providing a quick lift to awe-inspiring views of the Canadian Rockies.
Sulphur Mountain Reveals Banff's Beauty
The town of Banff lies in the shadow of Sulphur Mountain, and there is no better way to take in the breathtaking beauty of Banff and the surrounding mountain landscape than from a ride on the Banff Gondola on Sulphur Mountain. Inspired by one of Banff’s most visionary Swiss guides, the first and only bi-cable gondola in Canada was built in 1958 and has been astounding visitors ever since. The safe, glass-enclosed carriages offer spectacular 360-degree views of the magnificent peaks all around the townsite. The eight-minute ride deposits visitors at the observation area where they may choose to stay for lunch at the Summit Restaurant, or a summertime meal at the Panorama Restaurant. The more adventurous may hike up the one-kilometre SummitWalk Boardwalk to Sanson’s Peak, a National Historic Site, or the more strenuous South East Ridge Trail to Sulphur Mountain’s true summit. The Banff Gondola is located 2.5 kilometres from downtown Banff on Hot Springs Road. (403)762-2523.
Mt. Norquay Summer Sightseeing Chairlift
While in Banff, visit the Mt. Norquay Summer Sightseeing Chairlift. Perfect for friends and family, all are invited to take the 8-minute open-air sightseeing ride up the North American Chair to an elevation of 7,000ft. Riding above Lodgepole Pine forest, and the ski slopes that are favoured for grazing by Grizzly and Black Bears, the Chairlift is one of your best chances to see these and other animals in the Banff area. Visitor’s can then take in the best views of Banff and the Bow Valley along the new sightseeing pathway, seeing the Banff townsite and world famous Mt. Rundle from a different angle. For more information call (403)762-4421.
Summer Sunshine, A Place of Rare Beauty
16km west of Banff you can explore the rare beauty of Banff Sunshine Meadows as you hike in the Canadian Rockies. Start your scenic journey of Banff Sunshine Meadows with a ride up to the skies in Banff’s biggest gondola, Sunshine Gondola. Our 8-passenger cabin comfortably seats the whole family.
Hike one or all of Sunshine Meadows six graveled hiking trails. Each trail winds their way through alpine lakes, waterfalls and alpine meadows blooming with wildflowers. The trail system at Banff Sunshine Meadows spans over 12 km of pristine mountain terrain for you to discover. Elevate your Sunshine Meadow experience by joining one of Banff Sunshine’s hosted trail tours. On the hosted hike you will enjoy learning about the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the wildlife, and wildflowers of Sunshine Meadows as you walk through some of Banff National Park’s most spectacular sights. Start or finish your hike with the scenic Standish Chair ride. At the top of Standish, breathe in the beauty of 360 degrees of beauty. From the Standish Viewing Deck, you can enjoy an unobstructed view of Mount Assiniboine – the Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies at 3,618m/ 11,871ft, Sunshine’s three alpine lakes, and continental divide. For more info and schedules call 1-877-542-2633.
Ride High in Lake Louise
The Lake Louise Sightseeing Lift, Gondola & Interpretive Centre offers a unique opportunity to ride the lift to an awe-inspiring viewpoint and the chance to learn why they are the ‘Home of the Grizzly Bear’. All lift and gondola visits begin with a pre-ride Visitor Welcome orientation. The brief presentation will ensure a safe and enjoyable visit, while enlightening guests about the unique surroundings in Banff National Park. Cruise for 14 minutes in an open chair or a fully-enclosed gondola to one of the Banff National Park's greatest views! From the top, at 2,088 metres (6,850 feet), the spectacular scenery is yours to explore at will—there are ambitious hikes to the summit of Mt. Whitehorn for the hardy, or equally lovely short, leisurely strolls for those with more modest exercise goals. Frequent animal sightings, including Grizzly bears, occur almost daily at the Lake Louise Gondola, so make sure to bring your camera! For more information, call (403)522-3555.