10am – 3:30pm
Departure Time
Open Ticket
Duration
2+
Age
Leisurely
Activity
Dec-Apr
Season

Visit Mt Norquay for a day of sightseeing and dining as you take an open-air chairlift ride up to 7,000 feet with breathtaking views over Banff.

Take a sightseeing chairlift at Mt Norquay in the Canadian Rockies
Photo Credit: Travel Alberta / Mike Seehagel

Please note that the chairlift has now closed for the 2019 winter season.

Zip up your coziest layers and discover cozy mountain meals, endless photo opportunities, and top-of-the-world views that need to be seen to be believed just five minutes from downtown Banff.

It’s more than just a chairlift ride, this scenic ride into the sky takes you up to 7,000 feet. At the top, step off the lift to discover some of Norquay’s most legendary, panoramic views above the clouds. Enjoy spectacular views looking down into the Town of Banff and across Spray and Bow Valleys with the stunning jagged edges of Mt Rundle as a feature for all your photos.

Above the viewing deck, take a short walk upstairs to warm up inside the famed Cliffhouse Bistro (open 11am to 3:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). Built in the 1950s, this much-loved, former teahouse is known for its mountain ambiance, awe-inspiring views and the photos of Banff’s ski history that decorate its charming walls.

Take in the stunning scenery from a different perspective as you ride the chairlift back down to the base area. Warm up in casual comfort at the popular Lone Pine Pub – the perfect place for an easy snack or hot drink as you sit, sip, stay a while to watch the sunset.

Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Mt Norquay (North America Lodge)
  • Free Banff Mt Norquay Shuttle Bus
Guide Quote

Gina's Pick

"Perfect way to get unobstructed views during the open air ride." - Gina , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

The best parts of the tour for most people include the following:

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Ride to 7,000 feet at Mount Norquay

Visit Mt Norquay for a memorable day of sightseeing, dining and exploring as you take an 8 minute chairlift ride up to 7,000 feet with breathtaking views of Banff and the Bow Valley.
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Mountain top dining and views

Walk along the viewing deck or warm up inside the famed Cliffhouse Bistro (open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). Built in the 1950s, this much-loved, former teahouse is known for its mountain ambiance, awe-inspiring views and the photos of Banff’s ski history.
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Mt Norquay (North America Lodge)
  • Free Banff Mt Norquay Shuttle Bus
Guide Quote

Gina's Pick

"Perfect way to get unobstructed views during the open air ride." - Gina , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

Please meet at the North American Lodge at Mount Norquay, located on Mt Norquay Road in Banff, only a five minute drive from downtown. Detailed driving instructions will be provided in your booking confirmation and there is ample car parking available. Guests can also take advantage of the free shuttle bus that runs from Banff.
The winter sightseeing chairlift operates from 10am to 3:30pm daily.
The shuttle schedule will be confirmed.
The chairlift runs from 10am to 3:30pm. Please refer to your booking confirmation for seasonal operating hours.
The chairlift ride is approximately eight minutes each way.
Unlike an enclosed Gondola, an open-air chairlift allows you to ride up the mountain with your legs dangling freely below you. Each chair is outfitted with a safety bar so you aren’t in any danger of falling out.
Jaw dropping vistas, high-alpine dining in an avalanche proof restaurant, Cliffhouse Bistro, hand carved into the side of the mountain, breathtaking views of Banff and the Bow Valley, a viewing deck, and bighorn sheep. Please note that the Cliffhouse Bistro is open from 11am to 3:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (closed Mondays to Thursdays).
Mt Norquay is known for skiing, but there’s also a range of other activities including tubing and snowshoeing.

With 8 lanes of high-speed fun, the tube park is the largest in Alberta. Tubes are supplied, and the purpose-built magic carpet towing system will pull you to the top of the specially groomed tubing lanes, so there’s no need to walk uphill after each ride. The tube park also has a small sliding area, and a kids play area. So there’s even more to do on the tubing hill for your little ones.

With five trails to discover at Norquay, including gentler options for beginners and steeper options for the more experienced, a snowshoeing adventure can be as easy or as challenging as you make it. All trails are marked, but are not patrolled. Just bring your own snowshoes or rent some from the North American Lodge, attach them to your boots and you’re ready to step into a whole new winter adventure!

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays you can dine at 6,900′ at the famous Cliffhouse Bistro (offering a limited food and beverage menu from 11am to 3:30pm) or there’s also plenty of daily dining options, including the Lone Pine Bar and Restaurant (open 11am to 4:30pm).

This is a non-refundable ticket once purchased, and is valid for the current operating season it is purchased in.
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Mt Norquay (North America Lodge)
  • Free Banff Mt Norquay Shuttle Bus
Guide Quote

Gina's Pick

"Perfect way to get unobstructed views during the open air ride." - Gina , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

  • The Family Package is for two adults (16+) and two children/youth aged 6-17 years.
  • For safety reasons, the minimum age is 2.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult on the chairlift.
  • Children 5 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. The child must accompany the adult to receive the free ticket.
  • The maximum combined weight is 226kg (500lbs) per chair.
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Mt Norquay (North America Lodge)
  • Free Banff Mt Norquay Shuttle Bus
Guide Quote

Gina's Pick

"Perfect way to get unobstructed views during the open air ride." - Gina , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

Photo Credit: Travel Alberta / Mike Seehagel
Photo Credit: Travel Alberta / Mike Seehagel
Amazing views over Banff from the Mt Norquay winter sightseeing chairlift in the Canadian Rockies
Mountain dining at the Cliffhouse Bistro on the Banff Sightseeing Chairlift
Photo Credit Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography