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Dec-Apr
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Combo Package; tour the must see highlights of Banff, then soar to the mountain peaks for more elevated views.

Included: Discover Banff & Its Wildlife Tour (8:30am – 11:30am)

Build a connection to our World Heritage Site as you visit Banff’s landmarks, learn its history and view wildlife in their natural winter habitat. This morning tour will include some of the most scenic and historically significant highlights of Banff such as the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner Lookout, Hoodoos Viewpoint and Lake Minnewanka. Plus, enjoy hot chocolate and maple cookies at one of the scenic stops. It’s a great tour for seeing wildlife in the morning, and we can even drop you off at the Banff Gondola afterwards (please note that you’ll need to make your own way back with transit afterwards).

Included: Banff Gondola (various times available)

Sit back and relax in a four passenger, modern glass enclosed gondola as your soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain in Banff. Marvel at the unsurpassed view of Banff, the Bow Valley and a 360 degree view of six scenic mountain ranges from 2,281 metres (7,486 feet) above sea level from the observation deck. This state-of-the-art summit facility has restaurants, interactive interpretive exhibits, a multi-sensory theatre and a breathtaking 360-degree observation deck.

Activities in this package can be taken on the same day or on different days.

The best parts of the Discover Banff & Its Wildlife tour for most people include the following:

1

Bow Falls

Water crashes over ancient limestone creating a spectacle of sound and sight.
2

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

The ‘Castle of the Rockies’ is the railway’s contribution to the building of Canada.
3

Surprise Corner Lookout

See a higher view of Bow Falls and the majestic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
4

Hoodoos Viewpoint

What is a hoodoo? Understand the lay of the land as you look out over the Bow Valley.
5

Lake Minnewanka

Learn about an underwater village and native history with a pleasant break at Banff National Park’s largest lake.

The best parts of the Banff Gondola for most people include the following:

1

Ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain

Take an eight-minute journey in a modern, fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin over the treetops up to a jaw-dropping mountaintop experience at 2,281 metres (7,486 feet).
2

Mountain top dining and facilities

The state-of-the-art summit facility has restaurants, interactive interpretive exhibits, a multi-sensory theatre and a breathtaking 360-degree rooftop observation deck.
The tour begins at 8:30am and returns around 11:30am, approximately three hours.
The half-day tour includes transportation from most hotels in Banff on a guided bus tour to see some of the local highlights such as the iconic Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls and Lake Minnewanka. The tour includes several stops, including a brief break with a maple cookie snack and hot chocolate, and hands on interpretive tools.
We pick up from most hotels in Banff, and you can select your preferred pick-up location during the booking process. For drop offs, our guide will ask you on the way back where you would like to be dropped off either in town, at the Banff Gondola or at your hotel.
There is a chance of seeing wildlife on the tour and we often spot animals, however we do not guarantee seeing wildlife on any of our tours. Our guides have a lot of knowledge about the animals within the park and can fill you in about them if you see any wildlife or if you have any questions.
There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.
The Gondola Station is at the end of Mountain Avenue in Banff, about a five minute drive from downtown. Detailed driving directions will be included with your booking confirmation.

Alternatively, guests can catch the Roam Transit bus.

The gondola ride is approximately eight minutes each way. The suggested total visit time is 1.5 – 2 hours.
Step out into a jaw-dropping mountaintop experience at an elevation of 2,281 metres (7,486 feet) and stroll along the ridgetop boardwalk where the views get better with every step. Then warm up in the newly transformed, state-of-the-art summit facility with new restaurants, interactive interpretive exhibits, a multi-sensory theatre and a breathtaking 360-degree rooftop observation deck.

Several scenic hiking trails lead away from the summit complex. One of the most popular is the self-guided interpretive Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk to Sanson’s Peak on which you can follow in the footsteps of Norman Sanson, who walked to the top of the mountain about every week for 30 years to check the weather.

The modern, fully-enclosed gondola cabins each comfortably fit four adults. A young child or baby may be possible to make five.
You may encounter some of the local wildlife including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, golden mantled ground squirrels, hoary marmots, Clark’s nutcracker and the Canada (Gray) jay.
Gondola tickets are non refundable after purchase. If you would like to change your upload time once purchased, please phone the number on your ticket.
  • Activities in this package can be taken on the same day or on different days.
  • Reservations are required to guarantee your time slot for the Banff Gondola. Please show the bar-code voucher for entry, for the specified time reserved.
  • Please note that the Discover Banff & Its Wildlife tour requires a minimum of 4 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.
Banff Gondola
Discover Banff and Its Wildlife with Discover Banff Tours
Discover Banff and Its Wildlife with Discover Banff Tours
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Winter
Hot chocolate on the Snowshoeing Tour to Marble Canyon with Discover Banff Tours
Banff Sightseeing Gondola
Banff Sightseeing Gondola
Banff Gondola View from the Lookout in Winter
Dining at Sky Bistro at the Banff Gondola